Professor Harriet Ward is director of the Centre for Child and Family Research (CCFR) at Loughborough University, UK and co-director of the government funded Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre. As co-director, Harriet has joint responsibility for the timely completion and quality of all outputs, budget management and organisation of staffing. In addition, Harriet is responsible for the studies within the 'Safeguarding Children' theme.
Harriet has over 20 years experience both as a research director and field researcher, as an adviser to policymakers and service providers, and as a social work practitioner. Her leadership of the Looking After Children programme (1993-2001), from which much of the CCFR research programme originally derived, has been a highly influential contribution to government policy and practice in the UK and abroad.