In conversation with Eunice Lumsden, Professor of Child Advocacy

We met up with Prof. Eunice Lumsden in Newcastle to talk to her about her role as Professor of child advocacy and Head of Childhood Youth and Families at the University of Northampton.  She is a registered Social Worker and has had a number of advisory roles for the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Social Care. She is also a member for Education and Childcare Route Panel for the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

Good for looking at

  • Safeguarding
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Leadership in early years
  • Policy making


  1. Meet Eunice Lumsden
  2. What do inclusion and diversity mean to you?
  3. How do we make sure we are listening to and hearing all children's voices?
  4. How do you define holistic safeguarding?
  5. How important are professional learning and qualifications to raising the status of early years?
  6. How important is it that policy makers use up to date and appropriate research when designing new policies?
  7. What kind of qualities does an early years leader need to have? Can these be learned or are some part of these in character or personality?
  8. There's a lot of pressure in education to focus on learning outcomes. How can schools and settings ensure that they have a whole team approach, focusing on the process of how to get to those outcomes not just the outcomes themselves?