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Personal profile

My research interests include child protection, poverty and inequality; work with Black and minority ethnic children and families, including unaccompanied migrant youth; work in the family courts; children in care and adoption; and the Capability Approach and Social Work. Throughout my work I maintain a focus on social justice and human rights, and am particularly interested in aprticipatory approaches with people who have had lived experience of social work services. Two of my recent publications are a co-written book: ‘Protecting Children: A Social Model’, and a co-edited book: ‘Unaccompanied Young Migrants: Identity, care and Justice’.

I am co-editor of the ESWRA/Policy Press Research in Social Work series and am chair of the editorial board for Relationships, Families and Societies. I also sit on the editorial board for the British Journal of Social Work and am an external reviewer for research funding organisations in Sweden and Belguim.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Social Work, PhD, Troubling Child Protection: Developing Critical Social Work, Royal Holloway, University of London

Award Date: 14 Jun 2016

Child Protection Studies, Masters, University of Leicester

Award Date: 11 Jul 1994

Social Work, Bachelor, LaTrobe University

Award Date: 19 Dec 1986

External positions

Co-chair, Association of Professors of Social Work

1 Mar 2018 → …


  • Social work
  • child protection
  • adoption
  • family court
  • migration
  • race
  • poverty
  • Social policy
  • child welfare
  • poverty
  • adoption


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