Staff Profiles

Professor Jane V. Appleton


Research Lead
Professor of Primary and Community Care

Department of Midwifery, Community and Public Health

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences


Jane is a Professor in Primary and Community Care in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences where she leads the Children and Families Research Group and is part of the Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health Research (OxINMAHR).   As a registered nurse and health visitor she has a long standing professional practice and research interest in child protection issues and work with vulnerable families. 

Jane has conducted extensive work in social care and NHS services and has had research grants from a range of organisations including: Action for Children, the NSPCC, Burdett Trust for Nursing, DH, NHS England, Higher Education Academy and the British Academy. Her current research programme centres on health visiting practice, work in schools, safeguarding children and child protection. Her post-doctoral Fellowship ‘Safeguarding Children: The Management and Organisation of Child Protection Responsibilities in Primary Care’ was a 3 year research programme funded by the Health Foundation Consortium. Recent research work has led to the development of ‘Think Baby’ an online learning resource which is being rolled out across the UK to help student HVs build skills in assessing mother-infant interaction. Jane has recently been awarded a James P. Smith / Florence Nightingale Travel Award 2076/2017 to visit Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland to examine the work of public health nurses in protecting and safeguarding children.

Jane is a Fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting, an expert nurse member (and vice chair) of Coventry and Warwickshire Research Ethics Committee (NRES), Senior co-editor of Child Abuse Review and a National Executive Committee member of the charity BASPCAN (British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect). She was an expert nurse/health visitor member of the NICE Guideline Development group on ‘When to Suspect Child Maltreatment’ and is currently an expert advisor to NICE. She is an experienced research supervisor and a number of her students have won major national awards, she has externally examined 9 MPhil/PhDs, including internationally and welcomes new applications.