Dr Andy Jolly

Dr Andy Jolly

Lecturer in Social Work

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)



My professional background is in social work. Before qualifying I worked in residential care, first as a project worker in a care home for ex-offenders and later as deputy project manager of a drug rehabilitation centre. I then worked as a hospital social worker in a multi-agency team, before moving to the third sector to run a project supporting migrant children and families at risk of destitution. 

My doctoral research explored the food insecurity experienced by undocumented migrant families in the UK, and my research has continued to focus on the ways in which children and families who are subject to immigration control are excluded from welfare services.


PhD Social Policy

MA Social Work

BA Politics

Professional membership

Social Work England (Registration number SW27661)

British Association of Social Workers

Social Policy Association

British Sociological Association

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (No. PR239231)

Roles on external bodies

Trustee - Birch Network

Editorial Committee - Social Policy Review

Editorial Committee - Research on Social Work Practice

Editorial Committee - Journal of Evidence-based Social Work



Teaching interests

Programme Lead - PgDip Social Work

Module Lead - SW704 'Ethics and Values'

Module Lead- SCW401 'What is Social Work I'

Module Lead - SCW654: Wellbeing 'Accountability, Risk and Professional Decision-making'



Research interests

  • Migration and child welfare
  • Food poverty and food insecurity
  • Bordering practices in social work and social care

Grants & contracts

  • No Recourse Early Action Model (NOREAM) – What Works Centre of Children’s Social Care
The NOREAM programme provides support to children and families with No Recourse to Public Funds who currently do not meet the threshold for Section 17 of the Children Act 1989. This new model of practice based on multi-agency support is currently being piloted in Hackney Borough Council.

  •  Evaluation of wellbeing support for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) in the West Midlands – West Midlands Combined Authority/Controlling Migration Fund
An evaluation of the effectiveness of two interventions to support the wellbeing of UASC in the West Midlands, one at a local authority level in Wolverhampton, and one across the West Midlands as a whole. The evaluation takes a mixed-methods approach, combining analysis of administrative data, with narrative interviews and stakeholder focus groups.

  •  Local Authority responses to people with NRPF during the pandemic – Paul Hamlyn Foundation
In the UK there are an estimated 674,000 people who have ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF) because of their migration status, including 106,000 UK born children. This population includes refused asylum seekers, clandestine entrants, and those who have overstayed a visa. There are also an unknown additional number of people with temporary leave to remain in the UK who are subject to the NRPF condition and who are at risk of losing employment as a result of the pandemic. The project involves working with partners from the third sector including Migrants’ Rights Network, Project 17, ASIRT, and the Public Interest Law Centre on a rapid response to understand local authority responses to people who are subject to the NRPF condition during the pandemic.

  • Early Action Charter Programme for People Seeking Asylum – Refugee Action 
An evaluation of a national collaborative project led by Refugee Action to help partners across the UK develop their capability to prevent the crises that people seeking asylum face on their asylum journey. The evaluation takes a mixed-methods approach analysing baseline data, interviews with service users and participant organisations defining the impact and progression indicators, agreeing methods for recording them (qualitative and quantitative), frequency, and identify which systems/tools would be required to capture the impact for people seeking asylum.

  • London’s children and young people who are not British citizens: A profile – Greater London Authority
As part of the Mayor of London’s work on social integration, the research profiled young Londoners who face barriers to secure their citizenship and residence rights and fully contributing and progressing due to their immigration status. The research includes an estimate of the EEA+-national population and an estimate of the undocumented population.

  • An Asylum Seeker’s Story: Collective Leadership in Diverse Communities – Open University Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership
This research project and documentary film explored the different forms of leadership used in an informal community organisation providing ESOL classes in Sandwell, West Midlands. The film was made collaboratively using a participatory approach with members of the local community, the project involved researchers from the Open University, Roehampton, and University of Birmingham.

  • Health and Wellbeing of Undocumented Migrant Children in London – Barnardo’s
This project was commissioned by Barnardo’s to explore the health and wellbeing needs of undocumented migrant young people living in London, in order to develop a service model to respond to their unmet needs. The project used a Delphi panel with experts and semi structured thematic interviews with undocumented migrant children and families.




Jolly, A., Singh, J. and Lobo, S., 2021. No recourse to public funds: a qualitative evidence synthesis. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 18(1), pp.107-123. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMHSC-11-2021-0107

Begum, K., Flint, T., Hunt, G., Jolly, A., & Stringer, A. 2022. Reflecting on Early Help with Migrant Families: A View from Practice. Practice: Social Work in Action, 1–9. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/09503153.2021.2023489

Jolly, A & Thompson, J. 2022, Risk of food insecurity in undocumented migrant households in Birmingham, United Kingdom, Journal of Public Health. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdab408

Jolly, A. et al., 2021. Café Delphi: Hybridising “World Café” and “Delphi Techniques” for successful remote academic collaboration. Social Sciences & Humanities Open, 3(1), p.100095. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssaho.2020.100095.

Caulfield, L. et al., 2020. “It”s Not Just Music, It Helps You from Inside’: Mixing Methods to Understand the Impact of Music on Young People in Contact With the Criminal Justice System. Youth Justice, p.147322542093815. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1473225420938151

Price, C. et al., 2020. “The do-gooders and scroungers”: examining narratives of foodbank use in online local press coverage in the West Midlands, UK. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 28(3), pp.279–298. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/175982720X15905998323834

Hermansson, L., Lundberg, A., Gruber, S., Jolly, A., Lind, J., Righard, E. and Scott, H., 2020. Firewalls: A necessary tool to enable social rights for undocumented migrants in social work. International Social Work, p.0020872820924454. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/0020872820924454

Jolly, A., 2020. Statutory neglect and care in a pandemic. International Social Work, 63(5), pp.671-675. http://https//doi.org/10.1177%2F0020872820941916

Jolly, A., Consulting the oracle: using the Delphi method in research with undocumented migrant children. Social Research Practice, no.8 Autumn 2019, pp.28-40. Available at:http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.10050578

Terry, V. and Jolly, A., 2019. Participatory filmmaking in voluntary sector research: innovative or problematic?. Voluntary Sector Review, 10(3), pp.387-398.Available at: https://doi.org/10.1332/204080519X15640637890381

Jolly, A., 2018. No recourse to social work? Statutory neglect, social exclusion and undocumented migrant families in the UK. Social Inclusion, 6(3), pp.190-200. http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/si.v6i3.1486 http:

Jolly, A., 2018. ‘You Just Have to Work with What You’ve Got’ Practitioner Research with Precarious Migrant Families. Practice, 30(2), pp.99-116. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/09503153.2017.1385756


Jolly, A. 2021. 'Social Inclusion, Immigration Legislation and Social Services'.  in Liamputtong, P. (ed.), Handbook of Social Inclusion. Springer

Jolly, A., 2019. 'From the Windrush Generation to the “Air Jamaica Generation”: Local Authority Support for Families with No Recourse to Public Funds'. in Heins, E. Needham, C. & Rees, J. (eds.) Social Policy Review, 31. Policy Press


Dickson, E., Jolly, A., Morgan, B., Sojka, B., Stamp, D., and Qureshi, F. (2020) Local Authority Responses to people with NRPF during the pandemic
Wolverhampton: Institute for Community Research and Development.

Jolly, A., Thomas, S. and Stanyer, J. (2020) London’s children and young people who are not British citizens: A profile. London: Greater London Authority.

Barons, M.J., Garthwaite, K., Jolly, A. and Price, C. (2019) Report of the FARM food poverty workshop held at the University of Warwick on 02 May 2019, Coventry: University of Warwick.

Thomas, S., Jolly, A. and Goodson, L. (2018) It was like they cut off all my dreams”: Emotional health and wellbeing of undocumented children in London. London: Barnardo's.