Kathryn Farrow

Kathryn Farrow

Department of Social Policy and Social Work
Lecturer in Applied Social Studies

Contact details

+ 44(0)121 415 8029
Department of Social Policy and Social Work
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Kathryn Farrow is programme director for the MA in Advanced Practice (Leadership and Management in Social Work/Social Care). She has responsibility for running the Leadership and Management Seminar Series provided as part of the University of Birmingham's Public Service Academy.

Kathryn is a qualified and HCPC registered social worker and provides practice tutoring and support for the MA and BA qualifying social work programmes. Her research interests include young adults, youth justice, crime and anti-social behaviour.


  • MSc in Criminal Justice Management 2003
  • Certification of Qualification for Social Work; Diploma in Social Administration and Social Work (University of Manchester) 1980
  • Diploma in Social Administration and Social Work (University of Manchester) 1980
  • BSc (Hons) in Manaagement Sciences, (UMIST) 1977


Kathryn worked for the Probation Service for 24 years as a practitioner and a manager and has extensive knowledge and experience of criminal justice management and practice. Prior to working for the University, she was a Senior Family Court Welfare Officer managing a team providing reports and support services to children and families.

Kathryn joined the University in September 2001 contributing to a wide range of professional and undergraduate programmes within the Department.


Kathryn’s teaching areas are social work management, supervision and practice development. Kathryn is the module coordinator for the Creating and Maintaining Partnerships in Social Care and Health’ which has a particular emphasis on developing the skills to collaborates effectively with other professionals and organisations and also with service users and carers.

Kathryn is the Programme Director for the MA Advanced Practice (Leadership and Management in Social Work/Care) and contributes to a number of modules on this programme.

Postgraduate supervision

  • Practice tutoring for MA/BA Social Work practice placements
  • Masters dissertations on Social Work management, Community Safety and Anti Social Behaviour and Youth Justice.


Kathryn has worked jointly with colleagues on a number of research projects into anti-social behaviour and civil renewal particularly with a view to evaluating the impact of interventions and services for victims and complainants.

Kathryn has recently undertaken research into the ‘involvement of service users and carers in post qualifying social work management education’.

Other activities

Following on from the completion of a literature review in 2011 on ‘Maturity, Young Adults and Criminal Justice’ for the Barrow Cadbury Trust for the Transition to Adulthood Alliance, Kathryn has been working with colleagues to develop a maturity guide for probation practitioners. The guide entitled ‘Taking Account of Maturity’ was launched in July 2013.


Farrow, K (2014), Involving Service Users in Social Work Management Education: What Makes it Meaningful According to the ‘Experts’?, Social Work Education: The International Journal, DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2013.877127

Allen, C, Farrow, K, Hughes, N, Mullins, D, Young, O (2013) Supporting Peabody communities: A fresh approach to anti-social behaviour. Research report for the Peabody Group. www.peabody.org.uk.

Farrow, K, and Fillingham, J (2012), The promises and pitfalls: involving service users and carers in social work manager education, Social Work Education, Vol. 31, No. 7 pp 835-847. 

Farrow, K, Bagary, J and Hughes, N (2012), West Mercia ASB trials: practitioners views for West Mercia Police.

Farrow, K, Kelly, G and Stout, B (2011) 'Thinking in Practice: Re-defining the relationship', European Journal of Probation, Vol. 3, No. 3 pp 43-59.

Prior, D. Farrow, K. Hughes, N. Kelly, G. Manders, G. White, S. Wilkinson, B. (2011) Maturity, young adults and criminal justice: A literature review, Barrow Cadbury Trust for the Transition to Adulthood Alliance, http://www.t2a.org.uk/publications.

Farrow, K. Hughes, N. Paris, A. and Prior, D. (2010) 'New occupations in community justice: inventing the professional curriculum for community safety and anti social behaviour officers’, British Journal of Community Justice, vol 8, 2.

Farrow, K. (2010) 'Young people and their access to justice' The Howard League for penal reform, Early Career Academic Network ECAN bulletin, (online -August) Issue 5.

Farrow, K. and Prior, D. (2006) 'Togetherness'? Tackling anti-social behaviour through community engagement, Criminal Justice Matters, 64, 4-5. , 64, 4-5.

Farrow, K. and Prior, D. (2006) Responding to anti-social behaviour - reconciling top-down imperatives with bottom-up emotions, Community Safety Journal, 5, 3, 20-28. , 5, 3, 20-28.

Prior, D. Farrow, K. and Paris, A. (2006) Beyond ASBOs? Evaluating the outcomes of anti-social behaviour initiatives – early findings from a case study in one English city, Local Government Studies, vol 32: 1. , vol 32: 1.

Prior, D. Farrow, K. and Paris, A (2004) Evaluating the impact of BASBU – Views and Perceptions of Anti-Social Behaviour Officers, Research report: The University of Birmingham.

Farrow, K. (2004) ‘Sustaining Staff Commitment during Organisational Change: How Can Probation Service Managers Respond? Vista. 9.2 . 9.2

Farrow, K. (2004) ‘Still committed after all these years? : Morale in the modern-day Probation Service’ Probation Journal, Vol.51 No.3. , Vol.51 No.3.

Chapters/ Books

Farrow, K. Kelly, G. and Wilkinson, B. (2011) 'Managing Risk and Changing Priorities for Probation Practice and Youth Justice' in K. Doolin, J. Childs, J. Raine and A. Beech. Whose criminal justice? State or community? Waterside Press.

Farrow, K, Kelly, G and Wilkinson, B (2007) Offenders in Focus: Risk, Responsivity and Diversity. Bristol: Policy Press. . Bristol: Policy Press.

Prior, D. Farrow, K. Spalek, B. Barnes, M. (2006) ‘Can Anti-Social Behaviour Interventions Help Contribute to Civil Renewal?’ in T Brennan, P John, G Stoker (eds) Re-energising Citizenship: Strategies for Civil Renewal, Palgrave Macmillan, Palgrave Macmillan