Jadwiga Leigh is lecturer in social work at the University of Sheffield. She is also founder and co-facilitator of New Beginnings in Greater Manchester, a project that aims to make positive changes by working holistically with families where there are concerns about neglect or abuse.
Jadwiga qualified as a social worker in 2005 and has worked in statutory and voluntary child and family settings. Prior to qualification, she worked as a residential support worker in various settings, including in learning disabilities, disability and older people.
She commenced a PhD in 2010 which focused on professional identity and child protection culture and has since written a book Blame, Culture and Child Protection (Palgrave) based on her findings and is also the author of Thinking about child protection: Case studies for critical reflection and discussion (Policy Press). He research interests also include how organisational culture affects practice, how European models of child protection can be utilised in the UK and the use of qualitative methodologies.
Jadwiga is a member of the editorial board for the journals Child and Family Social Work and Qualitative Social Work.