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Laura L. Cook is a Lecturer in the School of Social Work. She teaches on the qualifying and CPD programmes within the school. Her research focuses on decision-making and the concept of professional judgement in social work. She is particularly interested in the role of emotion and intuition in social workers’ assessment of risk.
Laura has a first class honours degree in Philosophy and Literature from the University of East Anglia, and an MA in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis from the University of Essex. Laura worked as a lecturer, tutor and journalist before returning to the University of East Anglia to study for her MA in Social Work. After qualifying, Laura worked in a children’s centre before joining the school as a research student in 2012. Laura became a lecturer in 2015.
Key Research Interests and Expertise
Laura's research focuses on professional judgement and decision-making in social work. She is interested in the role of intuition and emotion in social workers' assessment of risk. Laura is currently carrying out research examining professional identity and retention among experienced child and family social workers.
Laura is a member of the Emotions at Work Research Group at UEA and the Centre for Research on Children and Families.
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Child and family social work in the context of COVID-19: current practice issues and innovations: Research BriefingCook, L. & Zschomler, D., 19 Jul 2020, Norwich: Centre for Research on the Child and Family (CRCF). 6 p.
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Making sense of sensemaking: Conceptualising how child and family social workers process assessment informationCook, L. & Gregory, M., 2 Apr 2020, In: Child Care in Practice. 26, 2, p. 182-195 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile3 Citations (Scopus)11 Downloads (Pure)
Storytelling among child welfare social workers: constructing professional role and resilience through team talkCook, L., 1 Sep 2020, In: Qualitative Social Work. 19, 5-6, p. 968-986 19 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Citations (Scopus)16 Downloads (Pure)
The home visit in child protection social work: Emotion as resource and risk for professional judgement and practiceCook, L., Feb 2020, In: Child and Family Social Work. 25, 1, p. 18-26 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile10 Citations (Scopus)8 Downloads (Pure)
The team as a secure base revisited: Remote working and resilience among child and family social workers during COVID-19Cook, L. L., Zschomler, D., Biggart, L. & Carder, S., 15 Dec 2020, In: Journal of Children's Services. 15, 4, p. 259-266 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile6 Citations (Scopus)22 Downloads (Pure)