Hazel Grace Whitters Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Hazel Grace Whitters

Senior Early Years Worker/Child Protection Officer
Glasgow Voluntary Organisation

I am a researcher-practitioner in an early years' service in Glasgow, Scotland. My interests are the parent-professional relationship, pedagogy based upon a therapeutic approach to care and education, and infant mental health.


I commenced my career at the Lingfield Hospital-School where I gained invaluable experience by working with children who had complex learning needs.  Several years at Quarrier’s Homes provided insight into epilepsy, and the use of respite to empower and strengthen the family as a primary support system.  Working in early years and primary education gave knowledge and understanding of the impact from bio-ecological influences upon development, particularly in a context of child protection.
I developed an awareness of the implementation gap between research, policy and practice on returning to university for part-time post-graduate study.  My research focused upon the parent-professional relationship in child protection and early intervention. Additionally, I was invited to join a team of researchers for a three year project which explored attachment and learning in primary education.
I continue to work in a family service in Glasgow, and my particular interests are the professional-parent relationship, therapeutic play, and infant mental health.


    MA, University of Glasgow, 1982
    MSc ( Childhood Studies), University of Strathclyde, 2009
    PhD (Education), University of Strathclyde, 2015

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Parent-Professional relationship in child protection and early intervention.
    Attachment and resilience in early years.
    Therapeutic relationship-based practice.
    Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
    Infant mental health.


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Final report of the Learning Together about Making Choices Project

Published: Jan 07, 2016 by Strathprints
Authors: Lio Moscardini, Heather Baldry, Hazel Whitters
Subjects: Education

Report on research into attachment and learning in primary education

WithScotland Briefings

The Parent-Professional Relationship in Child Protection

Published: Jan 02, 2016 by WithScotland Briefings
Authors: Hazel Whitters
Subjects: Education

Current research on relationship-based practice in child protection.

British Library

Perceptions of the Influences upon the Parent-Professional Relationship in early

Published: Jan 07, 2015 by British Library
Authors: Hazel G Whitters
Subjects: Education

Doctorate study.