• Room 01.013 - Sociology and Social Work

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Children's rights in child welfare (protection, prevention and participation specifically).
Issues in child welfare.
Decision making in child welfare.
Practice teaching in social work education.
Supervision in child welfare.


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Personal profile

Research Focus

I qualified as a social worker in 1994.  For 13 years I worked in child protection as a practitioner and manager specialising in work with children and families.  I then moved to education and learning where I worked for 15 years in several different organisations both in the statutory and voluntary sectors as an educator and manager.  Since 2016, I have worked in the university sector.  My research interests are primarily in children’s rights, decision-making, knowledge acquisition and utilisation, and child welfare, and I have published in these areas.  I currently lead the European Social Work Research Association’s Special Interest Group, Children’s Rights in Practice.   My teaching interests are in child welfare and research methods.  I am taking PhD applications on issues connected with children’s rights, decision-making and child welfare. 

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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