Dr Nick Pike

Visiting Research Fellow in Social Work

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Nick Pike


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.

Professional information

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.