Professor Claudia Bernard

Claudia Bernard

Professor Claudia Bernard MA, PhD is Professor of Social Work and Head of Postgraduate Research in the Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Her research interests lie in the areas of social work with children and families and gender-based violence.

Her theoretical stance is framed by feminism, critical race theory, human rights and social justice perspectives.

She has written widely on these topics, including ‘Constructing Lived Experiences: Representations of Black Mothers in Child Sexual Abuse Discourses’ (2nd Edition, Routledge, 2018), and an edited collection with Perlita Harris, entitled ‘Safeguarding Black Children: Good Practice in Child Protection’ (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016).

She is currently writing a book entitled ‘Intersectionality for Social Workers: Theory and Practice for a Super-Diverse Society’, to be published by Routledge in 2020.

A former social worker, Professor Bernard says she enjoys helping students to engage with intersectional approaches to cultivate tools for critical reflection.