Skip to main content
The Childhood, Law & Policy Network (CLPN)

Professor Michelle Lefevre


Professor of Social Work, University of Sussex, United Kingdom



Michelle Lefevre is Professor of Social Work at the University of Sussex, where she is Director of the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth ( She leads the Innovate Project (, a four year pan-UK research study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, exploring innovation in social care methods and systems to address extra-familial risks facing young people. Prior to her academic career, Michelle practised as a social worker and psychotherapist with children and families where there had been child protection concerns. Michelle was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2015 for her work advancing the pedagogy of social workers’ communication skills with children.




Child safeguarding; developing professional practices with children and young people; child voice; child sexual and criminal exploitation; innovation; evaluation research
Back to top