Meet the team | Steve Hothersall

Dr Steve J Hothersall is the Head of Social Work Education at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. He is a qualified and registered social worker, having specialised in child care/protection and statutory mental health work, having trained as a mental health officer (AMHP), and he is also a qualified nurse.

Steve has practised and taught in both England and Scotland for many years. He has written, researched and published on a variety of topics including social work with children, young people and their families, social policy, risk, mental health, methodology, epistemology and philosophy more generally, having a particular interest in pragmatism and the use of philosophy in professional practice(s) (

Steve is a regular reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work ( and other journals, and is a regular speaker at both national and international events and conferences. He is a member of BASW (, a member of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity ( and was previously involved in the development of the International Association for the Study of Attachment (

He is a Series Editor for Critical Publishing ( and he is currently involved in writing and editing a new edition of a best-selling social policy text and working on a monograph on philosophical perspectives in social work, social care and health.

Steve is also passionate about the music of Ludwig van Beethoven “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.” 


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