Senior Lecturer in Centre for Children & Families ( with professional expertise in parenting and families)
Institute of Education
tel: 01905 542261
Alison has extensive experience of early years provision and family intervention (including the role of parenting), as an academic, a front-line practitioner and as a senior manager in local government.
Following several years teaching in primary and secondary phases, she became Head of Department in a large urban comprehensive school. Subsequently, she worked for a number of years in various community development roles and as a Development Manager for SureStart. In 2007, she was appointed as Integrated Services Manager for Children, Young People and Families within the education department of a Welsh local authority. Within this role, Alison had responsibility for a range of programmes including early years services, parenting and family support, integrated children’s centres , play provision, pupil referral units and the education welfare service. During this time, she worked closely with Welsh Government in the development and roll out of the Flying Start Programme and Families First Initiative.
Since joining the Centre for Early Childhood in 2012, Alison has enjoyed teaching across a number of programmes, retaining specific interests in parenting, integrated working, leadership . and childhood adversity. She has also enjoyed contributing to a number of research projects, including an evaluation of parenting programmes, a widening participation project and currently a project designed to better understand the needs of kinship carers and their families. In partnership with GNG Nursery Smethwick, Alison is also engaged in an exciting Language Enrichment Project, working with local families to improve children’s speech, language and communication skills.
- BA (Hons 1), Theology and Religious Studies, University of Kent 1990
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Primary), University of Cambridge 1991
- Postgraduate Diploma (Distinction) in Public Services Management, Nottingham Trent University 2011
- MSc (Distinction), Public Services Management, Nottingham Trent University 2012
- Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Distinction), University of Worcester
- Currently pursuing research on the role of the Early years practitioner in delivering early intervention to mitigate the effects of multiple adversity, Cardiff University ( PhD study)
- Teaching & Research
Teaching & Research
I currently contribute to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the Centre for Early Childhood, including the foundation degree, BA (Hons) in early childhood and the top-degree in integrated working for children and families. My specific teaching interests include: parenting, integrated working for children and families, leadership and early intervention for children in adversity.
The efficacy of parenting programmes and parenting support
Managing family interventions in a period of financial austerity
Approaches to raising parent and children’s aspirations in areas of high social deprivation
Child poverty and multiple adversity
- Professional Bodies
Fellow of Higher Education Academy
Member of Children in Wales
• Prowle, A., Murphy, P. and Prowle, M., (2014) Managing escalating demand for public services in a time of financial austerity: a case study of family interventions. The Journal of Finance and Management in Public Services 12 (1).
• Prowle A. and Prowle M.J. (2011), The preventative services agenda: Delivering value for money, Public Money and Management, Vol 31, Number 2, pages 139-144
• Prowle, A. and Murphy, P. (2012), Managing escalating demand for public services in a time of austerity: A case study of family intervention, paper presented at the conference of the Journal of Finance and Management in Public Services, July 2012.
• Lister E.G., Prowle A. and Prowle M.J. (2005), The role of community development in improving health status; paper presented at the UK Public Health Forum Conference.
Date Conference Contribution June 2008 WLGA Annual Excellence Wales Awards Showcase Event Delivered Interactive workshop to showcase best practice in engaging families with disabled children in the design and implementation of new services for supported leisure and respite. May 2009 Annual Conference of ADSS (Association of Directors of Social Services) Delivered conference address exploring the journey undertaken d by Blaenau Gwent Children and Young People’s Partnership in implementing the Common Assessment Framework and Team around the Child October 2010 ADEW (Association of Directors of Education in Wales) Delivered workshop session exploring the challenges and opportunities generated by the introduction of the Common Assessment Framework and Team around the Child Approach, for schools in Wales November 2010 WLGA Annual Excellence Wales Awards Showcase Event Delivered workshop to showcase best practice in identifying, engaging, supporting and empowering vulnerable families in Blaenau Gwent December 2010 Annual Conference of Children In Wales Conference address exploring the journey undertaken d by Blaenau Gwent Children and Young People’s Partnership in implementing the Common Assessment Framework and Team around the Child, adapted for a third sector audience May 2011 Welsh Government Launch of Families First Initiative Delivered workshop to explore and showcase good practice in integrated approaches to family support January 2012 Wales Public Health Network Annual Conference Delivered workshop to explore the role of Families First in improving children’s emotional health and wellbeing. May 2013 International Conference on Parent Education and Parenting, 2013. University of North Texas. Texas, USA. 'Landscapes of Practice: professional support for parents.' Symposium presented as an Online videocast from the University of Worcester. joint paper with R.Walker and M. Reed March 2013 Children in Wales Annual Round Table Conference: Nurturing Resilience for Children and Families: What are the Protective Factors Improving the Effectiveness of Family Interventions: Exploring the Concept of “ Readiness for Change” Keynote presentation September 2013 Children in Wales, Parents' Week Conference: Engaging Parents in Family and Parenting Support Services Research in Practice: Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Therapeutic Parenting Programme, keynote presentation to Conference. Joint paper with Rosie Walker June 2014 Childs World International Conference Aberystwyth University Enabling Male Role Models in Early Childhood. Joint presentation with Gurjit Bhattoy July 2015 Children and Childhoods International Conference Suffolk University It is as if these children are invisible: understanding the needs of kinship carers July 2015 Children and Childhoods International Conference Suffolk University Is there an important Role for Early Years Practitioners in delivering early intervention to mitigate the effects of multiple adversity September 2015 EECERA conference Barcelona Problem based learning as a tool for enhancing student engagement and Eexploring students’ reflective practice using alternative representations
- External Responsibilities
Local Authority Representative on National Evaluation Board for Families First Programme in Wales 2011-2012
External examiner for the following programmes at University of Wales: Trinity Saint David (UWTSD):
FdA Early Childhood
BA / MEaCh (L5-L6) Early Childhood
(Pending Major Review/Revalidation: 2017-2020):
BA / MEYEC (L5-L6) Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Practitioner)
BA / MEYEC (L5-L6) Early Years Education and Care