Linda Homan

Senior Lecturer (Social Work)

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Education and Social Care

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy

Linda Homan considers herself principally a youth worker as her previous volunteer and professional career has focused on work with young people.


Linda's previous posts include Youth Work Manager, Young Carers Development Manager, Cyrenians and Wintercomfort Street Homeless Outreach Manager, Youth Funding Coordinator, Residential Children's Home Manager, Regulation 33 Quality Assurance of Children's Homes, Senior Social Worker in Cambridgeshire County Council's Emergency Duty Social Work Team.

Linda has also volunteered as Trustee of Wintercomfort and supporter of Cambridge Cyrenians, and for 19 years helped co-ordinate a youth motorbike project (

Research interests

  • Young people
  • Child and adult protection
  • Risk and decision making
  • Smoking and socioeconomic impacts
  • Mental Health and wellbeing

As an emergency social work practitioner for over seven years, Linda is interested in how and why professionals manage risk. This interest spans mental health and protecting vulnerable adults and children. Socioeconomic inequalities and its impact on health and wellbeing are also an interest of hers, particularly in her research into the differences between socioeconomic impact on smoking habits.


Linda teaches Well-being on the Social Work MA course. This module incorporates psychological, sociological and social policy impacts on well-being across the life course. She also teaches the BA Social Work Ethics and Values module.

Linda is the module leader for the approved mental health professional course (AMHP) and teaches the ethical and value base for professional practice on this post qualifying course as well as the social model of mental health.


  • MA Health and Community Development, De Montfort University, Leicester.
  • BSc (Hons) Social Work, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
  • JNC Professional Qualification in Youth Work, De Montfort University, Leicester.
  • Social Work Practice Teaching Award, University of East Anglia, Norwich.
  • City and Guilds 7307 Teaching Adult Learners, Cambridgeshire County Council.
  • Executive Diploma in Management - Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health. Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), University of Hertfordshire.
  • PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member of Social Work England (SWE).
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Linda previously held the post of Youth Funding Coordinator for Cambridgeshire County Council and has been involved in a bid for smoking research for ARU.

Selected recent publications

Pending articles (available on request):

Homan, L. and Regan, E. (2015) The effect of family smoking in a low prevalence smoking area.

Homan, L., Smith, L. and Whitehead, J. (2015) An examination of the inherent skills used in risk assessing in an Emergency Duty Social Work Environment.