Margaret Bruce

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Lecturer

Biography

Margaret Bruce is a registered social worker having graduated from Robert Gordon University in 1995. She went on to work within local authority children’s services as both a social worker and team manager until 2004 when she joined the team at University of Dundee helping to develop and deliver the Graduate Certificate in Child Care and Protection.

Margaret was one of two project officers involved in the development of Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection (Scottish Executive 2006) which are now embedded in qualifying social work programmes across Scotland ensuring that students have core knowledge and skills in relation to child care, protection, and parenting capacity.

Margaret was seconded to the Scottish Social Services Council from 2008 to 2009 where as a Learning and Development Adviser she had a remit for early years career pathways and school care accommodation.

Margaret is now a full time lecturer on the BA (Hons) Social work and MSc Social Work at Dundee with module leadership including reflective practice and practice learning.

Currently a student on the Professional Doctorate in Social Work programme, Margaret is researching the participation of children in child protection decision making forums.

Qualifications

  • Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Higher Education, University of Dundee (2008)
  • Certificate in Child Protection Studies, University of Dundee (2002)
  • Practice Teaching Award, North of Scotland Consortium (2000)
  • Recognition and Response in Child Protection, Northern College of Education (1997)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies & Diploma in Social Work, The Robert Gordon University (1995)

Research

  • 2012 - on going. An investigation of children's participation in child protection decision making forums [Principal Investigator]. Scottish Area Child Care and Protection Committee.

     

Publications

Journal Papers

Bruce, M. & Whincup, H., 2012 Bruce, M. & Whincup, H. (2012) Developing Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection. Child Abuse Review, 21, 190-202.

Conference Presentations

Bruce, M. & Hodson, A., 2012 Bruce, M. & Hodson, A. (2012) 'Early Child Protection with Pregnant Women: An innovative response where parenting is compromised by drug and alcohol use?' Poster presentation. Keeping Children Safe in an Uncertain World: Learning from Evidence and Practice, BASPCAN Annual Conference, 15-18 April, Belfast.
Hodson, A. & Bruce, M., 2012 Hodson, A. & Bruce, M. (2012) 'Reaching the unreachable: Child protection and unborn babies' Keeping Children Safe in an Uncertain World: Learning from Evidence and Practice, BASPCAN Annual Conference, 15-18 April, Belfast.
Bruce, M., 2009 Bruce, M. (SSSC) (2009) 'Early Years and Child Care Careers Pathways Toolkit' Making the connections ' Getting the Craic Conference, Connections Voluntary Sector Networking Partnership for Child and Family Support in Highland. 7th March 2009, Inverness, Scotland.
Whincup, H. & Bruce, M., 2008 Whincup, H. & Bruce, M. (2008) Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection 8th International PEPE conference, Institute for research and Innovation in the Social Services, 23-25 January 2008, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Whincup, H. & Bruce, M., 2008 Whincup, H. & Bruce, M. (2008) 'Key Capabilities: What are they and why do we have them?' Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection: Making them Work. The Open University Stakeholder Conference 25th September 2008, Stirling, Scotland.
Walker, L. & Bruce, M., 2006 Walker, L. & Bruce, M. (2006) Scottish Institute for Excellence in Social Work Education, reforms of social work education. Care and Health Conference: Thriving in their own lives: Positive Strategies to help looked after children affected by Substance Misuse, 28th September 2006, Glasgow, Scotland.
Whincup, H. & Bruce, M., 2006 Whincup, H. & Bruce, M. (2006) 'Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection.' Children in a Changing World: Getting it Right, International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect 3-6 September 2006, York, United Kingdom.

Professional Publications

Simpson, M. Hodson, A. Bruce, M. & Kelly, T., 2013 Simpson, M. Hodson, A. Bruce, M. & Kelly, T. (2013) Supporting Vulnerable Families Programmes Evaluation, University of Dundee.
Bruce, M [co-author], 2008 Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (2008) Student Focus on Child Care and Protection: Report on the development and embedding of Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection into social work programmes, [co-author], Dundee: IRISS.
Bruce, M [co-author], 2006 Scottish Executive (2006) Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection, [co-author] Edinburgh: Scottish Executive.