Dr Bartosz Zaniewski

Dr Bartosz Zaniewski

Lecturer in Social Work

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)



Dr Bartosz Zaniewski is a social work​er. He has worked with children and families in ​a safeguarding/child protection context in statutory and non- statutory services. Dr Bartosz Zaniewski has practiced as a front-line Child Protection Social Worker, Consultant Social Worker and Team Manager including managing a multi-disciplinary Edge of Care Team (Bridges). He also has worked with children in residential setting​s.

Dr Bartosz Zaniewski has a specific interest in Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) prevention and particularly the prevention of harmful sexual behaviour (HSB). He has worked directly with children, young people and families affected by CSA and HSB. He also has managed and supervised a team of social workers working in this field as well as provided consultations to other professionals. In addition, Bartosz was involved in developing community-based approach​es to prevent Child Sexual Abuse.


PhD – research project: “Attachment Strategies among young people who engaged in harmful sexual behaviour”, University of Plymouth 

MA - University of Warsaw, Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Social Rehabilitation (IPSiR)

Professional membership

Social Work England

Roles on external bodies

Human Systems Journal reviewer

Journal of Sexual Aggression reviewer



Teaching interests

SW403 - Ethics and Values in Practice BA

SW406 - Developing Professional Skills BA

SW702 - Professional Practice PGDip 

Child Protection and Safeguarding Children 

Family Law



Research interests

Harmful sexual behaviour

Child Sexual Abuse

Therapeutic social work

Trauma and attachment informed approach to social work

Safeguarding and Child Protection




Zaniewski, B., Dallos, R., Stedmon, J., & Welbourne, P. (2022). Boys don’t cry: Trauma, trauma narrative and masculine practice among young male who engaged in harmful sexual behaviour. Human Systems, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/26344041221127693

Zaniewski B., Dallos R., Stedmon J., and Welbourne P., “An exploration of attachment and trauma in young men who have engaged in sexually harmful behaviours”, Journal of Sexual Aggression, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13552600.2019.1678688



Other academic activities

Keynote Address, “Children and Young People with Harmful Sexual Behaviour – underpinning knowledge and research findings”, Plymouth University Safeguarding Conference, 8th June 2011

Research Presentation, “Attachment Strategies among Young People who Engaged in Harmful Sexual Behaviour – Case Study”, NOTA International Conference, Cardiff, 23rd September 2013

Presentation, “Harmful Sexual Behaviour – underpinning knowledge, research finding and prevention”, All-Party Parliamentary Group – Harmful Sexual Behaviour, Westminster, 4th December 2013

Workshop, “Sibling sexual abuse”, Fostering Conference, Tavistock Clinic, London, March 2014.

Workshop, Working with young people who engaged in harmful sexual behaviour”, Family Resources Conference, University of Gdansk, Poland, 16th April 2016

Research Presentation, “Attachment strategies among young people who exhibited Harmful Sexual Behaviour – development pathway considering intergenerational attachment dynamics in context of broader social discourses about roles, gender and masculine identity”, 10th EUSPR Conference, Ghent, 16-18 September 2019

Keynote Address, “Trauma, trauma narrative and attachment among young people who exhibited Harmful Sexual Behaviour”, NSPCC Together for Childhood online conference, Plymouth, 22-27 March 2021

Research Poster, "Attachment Strategies, Trauma, Masculinity and Harmful Sexual Behaviour", NOTA International Conference, Leeds, 4-6 May, 2022