Maddie Burton


Senior Lecturer: Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Department of Health and Wellbeing

Contact Details

tel: 01905 54 2044

Maddie is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and for several years worked in both inpatient and community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Maddie is Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the University of Worcester. Maddie led the FdSc in CAMH between 2009-2017 and introduced a BSc CAMH top-up commencing in 2015. Maddie continues to maintain close links with CAMH pracĀ­tice and works with both schools, student teachers and other student groups at the University of Worcester from a children and young peoples mental health perspective.

She is keen to develop networks with other like-minded students, practitioners, professionals and academics.


Registered Mental Health Nurse (RNMH) University of Worcester (2003)

Masters Psychodynamic Approaches to Working with Adolescents (M33) The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust/ University of East London (2008)

PG Cert Learning and Teaching Higher Education University of Worcester (2012)

Teaching & Research


  • Child Development and Attachment (FDCM 1002, CAMH 3005)
  • Self-Harm and Suicide (FDCM 2005, CAMH 3005)
  • Safeguarding Infants, Children and Young People (FDCM 1005)
  • Children’s Rights (CAMH 3008)
  • Infant, Children and Young People’s Mental Health (FDCM 2005)
  • Raising the profile, thinking about and considering children and young people’s mental health across universal practice settings where there are children, young people and families alongside their associated professional and practice groups
  • Developing opportunities for sharing children and young people’s mental health knowledge and practice across the University community including contributions into other programmes of study including Teaching, Nursing, Social Work, Education Studies, Psychology and Early Childhood Studies
  • In addition, events such as Mindfulness and Wellbeing for Children and Twilight Talks for Children’s Mental Health Week at the Hive


Children and young people’s rights

Infant, child and adolescent mental health

The development of current and future practitioners, from all disciplines, who work with children and young people

Improving knowledge and understanding of the impact of children and young people’s experiences and their mental health particularly in relation to early years, school, and in other universal settings

Since 2017, Maddie has been a member of an Erasmus research project with Perm State University, Russia and University of Worcester; ‘Effective Support for Young People in Displacement’.

Professional Experience

Nursing and Midwifery Council (current status of entry: effective)

The Higher Education Academy (Fellow)

Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (Member)

Association for Infant Mental Health (Member)


An Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health (Burton, Pavord and Williams, 2014).

Journal articles in Practice Nurse on self-harm and eating disorders in young people.

She has co-authored Children's Mental Health and Emotional Well-being in Primary Schools: A Whole School Approach (Howard, Burton, Levermore and Barrell, (2017).

Child and Adolescent Mental Health (chapter 37)

Caring for the Person with an Eating Disorder (chapter 38), Burton, M, Baker, L, Wright, K, in Essentials of Mental Health Nursing, eds., Mick McKeown and Karen Wright, (2018)

Conference presentation: 2016; University of Worcester Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, presentation of abstract: Work-based learning in the FdSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Maddie Burton and Alison Barratt (graduate FdSc CAMH and BA Hons Social Welfare (CAMH)).

Conference workshop presentation (abstract accepted), 2017: University of Worcester, A Little More Conversation, A Little More Action Enriching Academic Writing: Doing it Together Maddie Burton and Laura Baker (UW IMPACT member)

2017: Conference presentation at Westminster Education Forum: Priorities for children's mental health - integrating services and improving provision in schools

2018: Member of round table event; Mental Health in Schools, in the House of Commons. Hosted by Norman Lamb MP and chaired by Minds Ahead and the education think tank LKMco. Subsequent paper presented to Government in June 2018: Schools and Youth Mental Health: A briefing on current challenges and ways forward, Menzies, L, Bernardes, E, Huband-Thompson, B.

2018: Contributor to Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility Perm State University, Russia and University of Worcester, UK report: Contemporary responses to young people adversely affected by cultural, community & family change. (Jones, R, Gauci, J, Burton, M, Sealey, C)

2018: Promoting the Mental Health of Young People: We are hearing but are we listening? Iron Mill College, Poole, Spring Conference. Conference workshop presentation: Children and Mental Health; why, where, how? We have a job to do

2018: Conference presentation for the Education Enhancement Society, University of Worcester: Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Risk and Resilience joining up the dots

2018: SEN Conference, University of Salford, Conference seminar: Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of your school community

External Responsibilities

External Examiner: Kingston University and St Georges University of London; FD Healthcare Practice (2014-2018)

External Advisor: University of Northampton; MSc in Counselling Children and Young People (2012)

External Advisor: University of Bedfordshire; FD Healthcare Practice (2014)

External Advisor: MSc Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling Skills; Middlesex University and PCI College Dublin (2016)

External Advisor: MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health; University of Central Lancashire (2017)

2017: Reviewer of Infant Mental Health Competency Framework for Anna Freud Centre and The Association for Infant Mental Health (UK) and The International School for Infancy and Early Years (ITSEY)

Reviewer of various texts for publishers including:

2014: Sage: The Handbook of Counselling Children and Young People, edited by Sue Pattison, Maggie Robson and Ann Beynon

2015: Open University Press: Child Abuse: An Evidence Base for Confident Practice 4e, Authors: Corby et al.

2015: Sage: Attachment in Clinical Practice: An Introduction, Authors: Jeremy Holmes and Arietta Slade

2016: Palgrave MacMillan: Critical Issues in CAMH, Authors (combined manuscript)

2018: Springer: Nursing skills in CAMHS Author: L Baldwin (proposal review)

2018: Palgrave MacMillan Education Social Work Practice and Mental Health (proposal review)

Ongoing reviewer of titles for Youth in Mind