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

Dr Woodman is a public health researcher. Her research describes and evaluates the way that health and social care professionals and services respond to vulnerable children and their families. Dr Woodman is particularly interested in early help and support for children and/or their parents and the interface of health and children’s social care. She has largely focused on the front-door of services, including Accident and Emergency Services, GPs, Health Visitors and referrals to children’s social care. Dr Woodman has worked on whole family approaches to child health and is currently co-leading a scoping review about how we can use administrative data to investigate paternal health as part of the family environment for the child.

 Dr Woodman is a mixed methods researcher who uses in-depth interviews, focus groups and observations of professional practice, administrative data produced by health and social care services and systematic and scoping reviews to answer questions relevant to child and family policy. To achieve both breadth and depth in understanding, she often combines analyses of administrative data with in-depth qualitative data from service providers.

 Dr Woodman currently co-leads the Responsive Facility of the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Children and Families, which involved working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care to meet their evidence needs in a policy timeframe. Dr Woodman jointly convenes the 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 data from children’s services.

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, masters and doctoral students.   


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