Erica Brown


Honorary Senior Lecturer

Honorary Academic Staff

Contact Details


Erica has class teacher experience in Early Years and has worked as a Senior Teacher, Head of Department and Head Teacher in Special Schools. In the University sector Erica has worked as Senior Lecturer, Principal Lecturer, Head of Special Education and as a Principal Research Fellow in Children's and Young Peoples' Palliative Care. Most recently she has pursued her interest in supporting children and families who are experiencing loss and is committed to helping people of all ages and from all walks of life to develop resilience to sustain them through adverse life events. Erica's Doctoral studies are in the area of supporting families with a life-limited child from the time of diagnosis, to caring for the bereaved family after the child's death.

Since joining the Children & Families Team at Worcester in 2009 Erica has actively sought to encourage students and staff to develop their own learning dispositions and to apply knowledge to practice. She strives to help people achieve their full potential.

Erica enjoys public speaking and presenting papers at national and international conferences. She has successfully bid for funding to undertake a number of research projects for voluntary organisations, and universities. Erica has a wide-ranging portfolio of published books, book chapters and refereed journal articles. In 2018 her book Life Changes (2) Loss Change and Bereavement for Young People aged 11-16 Years was launched in the House of Lords having been recognised as providing a valuable resource to schools in the aftermath of the Grenfell Towers disaster. Erica is very much a ‘people person’ and she is committed to encouraging children and adults achieve their ambitions.

In 2012 Erica was made a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts in recognition of her work with life-limited children, young people and their families.  Erica is a Trustee of the Myriad Centre in Worcester, a charity offering day support to adults with complex disabilities and their families.  She is Vice President Acorns Children’s Hospices.


  • MA (Education) (Special Educational Needs) (Distinction)
  • Advanced Dip Ed. (Masters Level) (Distinction)
  • Certificate in Education
  • Certificate in Counselling

Teaching and Research


  • Early Childhood Education;
  • Higher Education;
  • Special Education;
  • Reflective Practice;
  • Children’s Non-verbal Communication;
  • The Education of the Sick or Life-limited Child;
  • Special Education;
  • Developing Research Skills;
  • Listening and counselling skills.


  • Early Childhood Education;
  • Applied Research/Qualitative Research;
  • Pastoral Care and Support for Families and Professionals;
  • Faith and Cultural Perspectives of Human Identity;
  • Supporting the Child and the Family in Paediatric Palliative Care;
  • Practitioner research;
  • Evidenced-based practice.

Professional Bodies

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA);
  • Board Member: The Myriad Centre, Worcester;
  • Board Member: Bereavement Research Forum UK.


Brown, E. (2018) Life Changes 2: Loss, Change and Bereavement for Young People Aged 11-16 Years. Manchester, Lions International.

Brown, E. (2017) Life Changes loss, change and bereavement for children aged 5-11.Manchester, Lions/Tacade.

Brown E. with Paediatric Chaplaincy Network (2011) Held in Hope Series. Birmingham, Paediatric Chaplaincy Network/Christian Education.

Brown E. (2009) Supporting Bereaved Children in the Primary School. London, Help the Hospices.

Brown E., Gatrad R. and Sheikh A. (eds.) (2012) (2nd Edition) Palliative Care for South Asians Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs. London, Quay Books.

Brown E. (2007) Supporting the Child and the Family in Paediatric Palliative Care. London, Jessica Kingsley.

Brown E. and Bigger S. (eds.) (2006) (2nd Edition) Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education - Exploring Values in the Curriculum. London, David Fulton Publishers.

Brown E., Gatrad R. and Sheikh A. (eds.) (2006) Palliative Care for South Asians. Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs. (1st Edition)London, Quay Books.

Brown E. (2004) Care for the Child, Support for the Family. Birmingham: Acorns Childrens Hospice Trust.

Brown E. (ed.) (2003) ACT Guide to the Development of Children’s Palliative Care Services. Bristol, Association of Childrens Hospices.

Brown E. and Kinchin, D. (2001) Supporting Children with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder a handbook for teachers and professionals. London, David Fulton Publishers.

Brown E. (2000) (ed.) Baseline Assessment and Target Setting For Pupils with Profound and Complex Learning Difficulties. London, David Fulton Publishers.

Brown E. and Bigger S. (1999) (eds.), (1st Edition) Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education Exploring Values in the Curriculum. London, David Fulton Publishers.

Brown E. (1999) Loss, Change and Grief - an educational perspective. London, David Fulton Publishers.


External Roles

  • Vice President Acorns Children’s Hospices
  • Visiting Farmington Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University
  • Research Fellow in Children’s Palliative Care University of Coventry
  • Visiting Lecturer at University of Birmingham School of Education
  • Principal Adviser to SOFT UK for Children born with Trisomy 13/18
  • Volunteer, Birmingham Children’s Hospital (Chaplaincy Team)
  • Board Member, The Myriad Centre, Worcester