Lowis Charfe

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington Building, HA344

+44 (0) 1772 89 5406

Subject Areas: Social Work, Social Policy and Community Care

Lowis' previous employment background has mainly been located within working with children and young people in a social work capacity. Lowis has an interest in working with young people leaving care and especially within the youth justice system, and in developing various projects for young people. Her interest in social work training led her into teaching where she taught at the UCLan Burnley Campus before moving to the main campus in Preston.

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Lowis' background is as a social worker working predominantly with children and young people. Her first role was working for the Greater Manchester Probation Service as a Probation Officer for the Manchester City Youth Team. She was then seconded to the newly formed Youth Offending Team within the city, were she worked alongside social workers, police officers and youth workers in supporting young offenders.

From here Lowis spent a number of years working as a leaving care social worker for a large charity. She supported young people in their transition from being cared for to independent living and worked alongside families, foster carers, residential staff and local authority social workers. As part of her role, Lowis developed and ran a supported lodgings scheme which offered alternative accommodation to young people leaving care.  She also sat on the local homeless forum looking at accommodation and homelessness issues within the authority and attended multi-agency meetings with various focuses from benefits to health.

After supervising a number of third year social work students, her interest in social work training led her into teaching and prior to her current position she lectured to the BA social work students at the UCLan campus in Burnley. Her areas of interest are working with children and young people, the criminal justice system and social justice and social work.

Lowis enjoys teaching and supporting students with their journey through social work training and seeing them develop areas of interest that hopefully lead to future careers within the social work arena.



MA in Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People, UCLan, 2013

PGCE, UCLan, 2011

BA Hons in Social Work, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1999


Health Care and Professionals Council

British Association of Social Workers

The College of Social Work


Lowis teaches on a range of courses from the BA Hons in Social Work, BA Hons in Children, Schools and Families, MA in Social Work, MA in Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People.