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Erica Brown

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 542075

I have class teacher experience in Early Years and I have worked as a Senior Teacher, Head of Department and Head Teacher in Special Schools. In the University Sector I have 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 I have pursued my interest in supporting children and families who are experiencing loss and I am committed to helping people of all ages and from all walks of life to develop resilience to sustain them through adverse life events. My 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 Early Childhood Team at Worcester in 2009 I have actively sought to encourage students and staff to develop their own learning dispositions and to apply knowledge to practice. I strive to help people achieve their full potential.


I enjoy public speaking and presenting papers at national and international conferences. I have successfully bid for funding to undertake a number of research projects for voluntary organisations, and universities. I have a wide-ranging portfolio of published books, book chapters and refereed journal articles. In 2008 my book ‘Palliative Care for South Asians’ was launched in the House of Lords and in 2012 I was made a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts in recognition of my work with life-limited children, young people and their families.


I have a twin brother and as children we grew up in very rural parts of England. This instilled in me a love for the natural world and spending as much time as possible outside. I love gardening, walking and trekking and I run every day. I am very much a ‘people person’ and I am committed to encouraging children and achieve their ambitions.


MA (Education) (Special Educational Needs) (Distinction)

Advanced Dip Ed. (Masters Level) (Distinction)

Certificate in Education

Certificate in Counselling

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

  • 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.

Research Interests

  • 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

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA);

Board Member CHASE Hospice Care for Children;

Board Member Bereavement Research Forum UK.



Brown, E. (2013) (in press) Act Your Age! Loss, Change and Bereavement for Young People
Aged 11-16 Years. Manchester, Lions International.

Brown, E. (2011) Culture, Faith and Spiritual Care for children and young people with
learning disabilities. Keale: Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Keale University.

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

Brown, E. (2010) Life Changes – loss, change and bereavement for children aged 5-11. Manchester, Lions/Tacade.

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

Brown E., Gatrad R. and Sheikh A. (eds.) (2008) (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 Children’s Hospice Trust.

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

External Responsibilities

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 (RE);

Principal Adviser to SOFT UK for Children born with Trisomy 13/18;

Editor in Chief of ‘Linchpin’ the Journal of Children’s Palliative Care;

Volunteer at Birmingham Children’s Hospital (Chaplaincy Team);