Dr Lauren Wroe
I joined the International Centre as a Research Fellow in September 2018. I currently work on two projects: an evaluation of the ‘Out There: Rescue and Response’ MOPAC funded pan-London project to prevent and respond to child criminal exploitation via county lines and a UK-wide project ‘Securing Safety: A study into the rate, cost and impact of relocation as a response to extra familial harm’, exploring alternatives to relocation for young people who have experienced harm outside of the family home.
Prior to joining the International Centre I worked as a social researcher in the area of international child protection, and practised as a social worker and project worker in statutory and non-statutory settings. In 2012 I completed my PhD in Psychology at the University of Manchester, critically analysing the language of refugee advocacy organisations and the impact of these discourses on self-narratives and the construction of social justice versus charity responses to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.
I am the co-founder of the charity Social Workers Without Borders. Through this work I am active in solidarity work with people with refugee status and individuals and families who are currently navigating the asylum and immigration systems. A large part of this work is developing social work interventions to facilitate access to services and legal protections for asylum seeking and migrant children and their families. In 2019, alongside Dr Rachel Larkin and Dr Rema Ana Maglajlic, I edited the book ‘Social Work with Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants: Theory and Skills for Practice’.
“This book is captivating me. It says it is about social work with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, but it is really about social work's heart and soul, about who we are, where we put ourselves, what we work for, who we identify with, it is about social justice”. [Review by Gerry Nosowska, Chair of BASW]
I am particularly interested in macro approaches to social work that account for, and address, structural determinants and constructions of individual and family problems. I am committed to a social justice approach from a feminist and anti-racist perspective. This is a thread that runs through my doctoral work, my child protection research, my social work practice and activism and my current work with the International Research Centre.
- PDip Social Work – University of Salford
- PhD Psychology – University of Manchester
- Masters in Research Methods in Psychology (MRes) – University of Manchester
- BA (Hons) Psychology – University of Manchester
- Counselling Level 3 – Manchester college
- Social justice perspectives in social work
- Contextual approaches to safeguarding and child protection
- Anti-racism and migrant rights
- Evaluation: ‘Out There: Rescue and Response’ A contextual safeguarding evaluation of a pan-London safeguarding response to children who are criminally exploited via county lines.
- Study: Securing Safety: A study into the scale and experience of relocation in response to extra-familial abuse.
- Wroe, L. E. (2018). ‘It really is about telling people who asylum seekers really are, because we are human like anybody else’: Negotiating victimhood in refugee advocacy work. Discourse & Society, 29(3), 324–343. https://doi.org/10.1177/0957926517734664
- Wroe, L. (2019, forthcoming). Social Working Without Borders – Challenging privatisation and complicity with the hostile environment, Journal of Critical and Radical Social Work.
- Wroe, L., Larkin, R. & Maglajlic, R. A. (2019). Social work with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants: Theory and skills for practice. https://www.waterstones.com/book/social-work-with-refugees-asylum-seekers-and-migrants/rachel-larkin/lauren-wroe/9781785923449?utm_source=redbrain&utm_medium=shopping&utm_campaign=css&gclid=Cj0KCQjwuLPnBRDjARIsACDzGL0j_yT8B7bgzWRWls0wJWNybSHaSpwmYPgjf1Z5NUqKE8xq3BwwGFcaAgWnEALw_wcB&awc=3787_1559028307_d75f1431d970f9008fcab634646854d8
Book chapter (author)
- Wroe, L. Ngandu, B. & King, L. (forthcoming). Surmounting the hostile environment: reflections on social work activism without borders. In Mcguirk, S. & Pine, A. (eds). Asylum for Sale: Profit and protest in the migration industry. (forthcoming) Oakland, CA: PM Press.
- Wroe, L., Ngandu, B. & King, L. (2018). Positioning Social Workers Without Borders Within Green Social Work: Ethical Considerations for Social Work as Social Justice Work. In Dominelli, L. (Eds) (2018) The Routledge Handbook of Green Social Work. London: Routledge.
- Apland, K., Yarrow, E., Wroe, L. (forthcoming). Quantitative and Qualitative Baseline Assessment of Specific Indicators related to the Thailand Child Protection System'. UNICEF.
- Firmin, C., Wroe, L. & Lloyd, J. (2019). Safeguarding and exploitation - complex, contextual and holistic approaches: Strategic Briefing (2019). www.rip.org.uk/resources/publications/strategic-briefings/safeguarding-and-exploitation--complex-contextual-and-holistic-approaches-strategic-briefing-2019
- Co-founder and trustee Social Workers Without Borders
- Health and Care Professions Council – Professional member
- British Association of Social Workers – Professional member