UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Dr Jenny Woodman

Dr Jenny Woodman

Associate Professor in Child and Family Policy

IOE - Social Research Institute

UCL Institute of Education

Joined UCL
1st Nov 2011

Research summary

I am a public health researcher in child and family policy, with a strong focus on describing and evaluating public services for vulnerable child and their families. I work closely with policy and colleagues, including in my role as Co-Director of NIHR Children and Families Policy Research Unit

Children’s Social Care Data User Group (CSC DUG) a knowledge exchange network that shares expertise between academic, third sector and government users of data from children's social care. 

Teaching summary

I currently teach on UCL-Institute of Education's BSc in Social Science Course, MSc in Social Policy and Social Research and supervise undergraduate and masters students. 

I currently have six doctoral students work on 

  • Using administrative data to understand household composition (single parents) and child health
  • Variation in health visiting
  • Health needs of mothers who have their children removed through the family courts
  • Multi-agency safeguarding Hubs
  • Family Drug and Alcohol Courts
  • Virtual Schools and School Heads


University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow | 2017
University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2014
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2009
King's College London
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2005
University of Cambridge
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 2001


I did my Masters in Public Health in 2008, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and moved straight into a PhD looking at how GPs respond to families who prompt concerns about child maltreatment. 

Before coming to the UCL Social Research Institute in the Institute of Education, I worked in the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health where I did my PhD.