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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

Laura's research focuses on professional judgement and decision-making in social work. She is particularly interested in the role of intuition and emotion in social workers' assessment of risk. Laura is currently working on several research projects including: 

Professional identity and retention among experienced child and family social workers (Funded by the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust)

Final analysis of Serious Case Reviews for the period 2017-19 (Department for Education)

Annual review of Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (Department for Education)

Young peoples' transition from residential to foster care: an evaluation of Norfolk's Enhanced Fostering Service (Norfolk County Council)

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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