Dr Gary Walker

Dr Gary Walker,  Teaching Fellow, Child and Family Studies
Email Gary Walker: G.D.Walker1@leeds.ac.uk
Phone: 0113 343 9434 

Gary Walker

Areas of expertise

Looked after children, multi-agency working, safeguarding, child development; child rights; qualitative research methods 

My role 

I provide teaching and student support across the Child and Family Studies Foundation Degree and the BA. My publications include international journal articles and textbooks.  

I have 20 years’ experience of working with and for children and young people in various roles, most notably as a social worker, education child protection co-ordinator and education co-ordinator for looked after children. My doctoral research focused on better understanding the reasons behind the lower educational outcomes of looked after children.  


I teach across a range of modules on Child and Family Studies, including Children Looked After and their Experiences of Care; Safeguarding Children; Adolescent and Middle Years Development; Policy Development; Child Welfare: Research, Policy and Practice; and Research Methods.  

Research interests 

My research interests include the education of looked after children, and multi-agency working.  


I am an expert reviewer for the Welsh Government on research bids related to looked after children, and have acted as a guest speaker at various external events such as the improving attainment for looked after children seminar in Edinburgh in May 2019, sponsored by the Scottish Government. 


I have presented at several conferences, including at the Canada International Conference on Education in Toronto, 2016, where I won Best Paper for the whole conference.  




  • Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD): Institutional Habitus and Educational Outcomes of Looked After Children: Complexities and Paradoxes 
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education 
  • MA Childhood Studies 
  • Teacher’s Certificate in Further and Adult Education (City and Guilds 730-7) 
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills 
  • Diploma in Social Work 
  • BA (Hons) Developmental Psychology 




My publications reflect my research interests and include: 

Pinkney, S. & Walker, G. 2020. ‘It was me, but it was them that helped me’: Exploring the issues for care experienced young people within higher education. Children and Youth Services Review. 108  

Walker, G. 2018. Working Together for Children: A Critical Introduction to Multi-agency working. Second Edition. London: Bloomsbury.  

Walker, G. 2017. ‘Children aren’t Standardized, they are Unique’: Using Bourdieu to Expose the Complexity behind Educational Outcomes of Looked-After Children. International Journal of Technology and Inclusive Education. 6(1) 980-988. 

Walker, G. 2017. Beginning to work with other agencies. In: Moyles, J., Georgeson, J. & Payler, J. (eds). Beginning Teaching, Beginning Learning: In early years and primary education. Fifth Edition. Maidenhead, Open University Press/McGraw Hill. 

Murphy, T., Tan, J., Luna, E., Flogueiras Bertomeu, P., Furco, A., Harrison, C., Laurence, P., Martin. D. & Walker, G. 2017. Developing local and international collaborations to enhance the student learning experience through university-community engagements. In: Cozza, B. & Blessinger, P (eds). University Partnerships for Pre-service and Teacher Development. Bingley: Emerald Publishing Ltd.  

Walker G. 2015. Institutional habitus and educational outcomes of looked after children: lessons for teachers. TEAN Journal. 7(1) 51-61. 


Potter, C., Walker, G. & Keen, B. 2012. ‘I am reading to her and she loves it’: benefits of engaging fathers from disadvantaged areas in their children’s early learning transitions. Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development. 1-16; iFirst Article. DOI:10.1080/09575146.2012.666959. 

Potter, C., Walker, G. & Keen, B. 2012. Engaging fathers from disadvantaged areas in children’s early educational transitions: A UK perspective. Journal of Early Childhood Research. 10(2) 209-225. 

Potter C., Walker G. & Keen B. 2012. Engaging Fathers in Early Years Transitions. In: Potter C & Olley R. (eds). Engaging Fathers in the Early Years. 75-88. London: Continuum. 

Jones, P. & Walker, G. (eds). 2011. Children’s Rights in Practice. London: Sage. 

Potter, C., Walker, G. & Keen, B. 2009. Father Involvement in Transitions: Evaluation Feedback Report. Leeds: Leeds Metropolitan University. 

Walker, G. 2009. ‘Safeguarding Children and Adults’. In Warren, S. (ed). Education Studies: Course companion to themes and contexts. London: Continuum.  

Richter, I & Walker, G. 2008. ‘Rhythm, routine and ritual: strategies for collective living among first year students in halls of residence’. In: University life uncovered: making sense of student experience. Monograph published by University of Southampton, The Higher Education Academy Social Policy and Social Work (SWAP).  

Walker, G. 2007. ‘Safeguarding Children: Visions and Values’. In: Moss, D., Tomlinson, P., Jones, P. & Welch, S. (eds). Childhood: Services and Provision for Children. London: Pearson. 

Walker, G. 2007. ‘Mind the Gap: A multi-agency approach to raising the educational attainment of looked after children’. In: Moss, D., Tomlinson, P., Jones, P. & Welch, S. (eds). Childhood: Services and Provision for Children. London: Pearson.