Ms Diane Galpin

Ms Diane Galpin

Lecturer in Social Work

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences)


Academic Lead -  BA/MA Social Work


Masters in Social Work (University of Southampton)
BA Post Qualifying Award in Social Work (Bournemouth University)
Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health (Portsmouth University)
Post Graduate Diploma in Practice Teaching (University of Southampton)
Diploma in Social Work 

I qualified as a social worker in 1996 and have worked in mental health, older people and  disability services. I have been a lecturer at Plymouth University since 2013 and became Academic Lead for social work in 2015.

Professional membership

Senior Fellow Higher Education Authority

Teaching interests

Safeguarding Adults

Decision Making
Law and Social Policy
Economic Theory

Authored Books

Galpin, D (2016)  Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Harm, Bournemouth:Learn to Care.
Galpin, D, Bigmore, J & Parker,J (2012) The Survival Guide for Newly Qualified Social Workers in Adult and  Mental Health Services, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Edited Books
Galpin, D et al (2016) NQSW: A Practice Guide to ASYE (3rd Ed), Sage.
Galpin, d & Bates, N (2009) Social Work Practice with Adults, Sage.

Peer Reviewed Papers
Galpin, D (2014) Reading between the line:the role of discourse in shaping responses to safeguarding older people. Journal of Adult Protection
Galpin, D et al (2014) Patient choice for older people in english primary care:theory and practice.
ISRN Family Medicine
Parker, J & Galpin, D (2013) Safeguarding adults with a learning disability in England and Wales:money,markets and ethically sustainable care. Journal of Care Services Management
Galpin, D (2012) Big Society and the maltreatment of older people in England. Social Work and Social Policy in Transition
Galpin, D (2012) The role of social defences and organisational structures in facilitating the abuse and maltreatment of older people. Journal of Adult Protection
Galpin, D & Hughes, D (2011) A joined up approach to safeguarding adults and personalisation:a framework for practice in multi-agency decision making. Journal of Adult Protection
Galpin, D (2010) Policy and the protection of older people from abuse. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law
Galpin, D (2009) Who really drives the development of PQSW education and what are the implications of this? Social Work Education
Galpin, D (2009) Evaluating the impact of PQSW education. Social Work Education
Galpin, D & Parker, J (2007) Adult protection in mental health and inpatient settings: an analysis of the recognition of adult abuse and use of adult protection procedures in working with vulnerable adults. Journal of Adult Protection

The Guardian (2016) 'Scrapping social work bursaries will push students out of poorer  areas'

London School of Economics (2012) 'The 'big society' will not lead to greater protection for older people from abuse'