Dr. Helen Richardson Foster

Dr. Helen Richardson Foster

Research Fellow

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Eden Building, ER223

+44 (0) 1772 89 5121


Subject Areas: Social Work and Social Care

Helen is a member of the Connect Centre For International Research On Interpersonal Violence And Harm.

Social Media

Twitter: @hrfoster 

Full Profile

Helen Richardson Foster researches in the areas of domestic violence, children’s social care and family support. Helen is a member of the Connect Centre For International Research On Interpersonal Violence And Harm.

Helen has worked as a researcher in universities, the voluntary and private sector. She has extensive experience of primary research and programme evaluation in social work, health, educational and community settings. She currently works on the ‘Roadmap’ evaluation in the Connect Centre. Previously she has conducted systematic literature reviews with colleagues in the Connect Centre and worked with Professor Nicky Stanley on a study of police and children’s services’ responses to domestic abuse. 

Her PhD titled ‘’Achieving a Child Focus? Child protection conferences in cases of neglect’ was a qualitative study of professional practice in child protection conferences. 


  • PhD University of Sheffield, 2016
  • MSc Social Research, University of Surrey, 2002
  • BSocSc Public Policy Making and Administration, University of Birmingham, 1995


Churchill, H., Morris K and Richardson-Foster, H (2018) Exploring the lessons from the dissemination of research to the judiciary involved in public family law and child care proceedings, University of Sheffield: Sheffield.

Radford, L, Richardson-foster, H, Barter, C and Stanley, N (2017) Rapid Evidence Assessment: What can be learnt from other jurisdictions about preventing and responding to child sexual abuse. Project Report. IICSA, London.

Richardson Foster H, Miller P, Thomson G and Stanley N (2012) ‘Police Intervention in Domestic Violence Incidents Where Children Are Present: Police and Families’ Perspectives’. Policing and Society 22(2): 220-234.

Stanley, N, Miller, P, Richardson Foster, H and Thomson, G (2012) ‘The Police Role in Identifying and Responding to Children Experiencing Domestic Violence’ in R Sheehan, H Rhoades and N Stanley (eds) Vulnerable Children and The Law. Jessica Kingsley, London.

Stanley N, Miller P and Richardson Foster H (2012) ‘Engaging with Children and Parents’ Perspectives on Domestic Violence’. Child and Family Social Work, Special Issue: Parental Engagement with Services when Children may be at Risk, 17(2): 192 – 20.

Stanley N, Miller P, Richardson Foster H and Thomson G (2011) ‘Children’s Experiences of Domestic Violence: Developing an Integrated Response from Police and Child Protection Services’. Journal of Interpersonal Violence 26: 2372 – 2391

More publications

Current Funded Research

Safe Lives/ Women’s Aid Roadmap evaluation of domestic violence services, funded by Big Lottery Fund, with Professor Nicky Stanley (PI), Dr Christine Barter, Dr Khatidja Chantler and Dr Kelly Bracewell.


Association of Child Protection Professionals  - Trustee and member


Supervision of PhD students