I have been a social work practitioner, manager and educator for over 35 years. Most of my practice has been in the childhood disability field and has included the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors. I have taught disability studies and social work at the Universities of Winchester and Gloucestershire, and was programme leader for all social work courses at Gloucestershire until 2009.
I now spend my time on research, research supervision and writing for publication. I also have some responsibilities as a retired Anglican clergyman in the Witney area.
Residential special schools; social work with children with multiple and profound impairments (including autism); social pedagogy; history of social work and the Welfare State; Christian faith and social work practice.
My doctoral research was an ethnographic study of child care practice in a residential special school for children with complex learning disability and challenging behaviour.
Pike N, '"The theory doesn't work here": The teenage bedroom in a residential special school'
Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care 19 (2) (2020) pp.127-137
ISSN: 1478-1840Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Lowenhoff C, Davison-Fischer J, Pike N, Appleton JV, 'Using the TIDieR checklist to describe health visitor support for mothers with mental health problems: analysis of a cross-sectional survey'
Health and Social Care in the Community 27 (5) (2019) pp.e824-e836
ISSN: 0966-0410 eISSN: 1365-2524Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Lowenhoff C, Appleton JV, Davison-Fischer J, Pike N, 'NICE guideline for antenatal and postnatal mental health: the health visitor role'
Journal of Health Visiting 5 (6) (2017) pp.290-298
ISSN: 2050-8719Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Pike N, '"All we are really here for is storage, dear' : psychodynamic approaches to the respite care of children with learning disabilities. '
Journal of Learning Disabilities for Nursing, Health and Social Care 3 (1) (1999)
ISSN: 1362-0177Abstract Published here
Memberships of professional bodies
I am registered as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council, and am a member of:
- The British Association of Social Workers (BASW);
- The Group for the Advancement of Psychodynamics and Psychotherapy in Social Work (GAPS);
- The British Institute of Learning Disability.