Bio

Teaching

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). My current teaching is around policy development. I have broader teaching interests is residential child care, ethics and social work theory and a particular interest in professional education.

Biography

I was a practitioner and manager in residential child care settings for almost 20 years before entering academia. My first academic post was at the University of Strathclyde, where I set up and taught a Masters programme in residential child care. In 2005, I moved to the University of Edinburgh as lecturer, and subsequently, senior lecturer, in social work. I served as head of social work there from 2013 - 2017. I joined the University of Dundee as Professor of Social Work in 2017.

Research

I have a broad range of research and writing interests. I have published three books on residential child care and an edited volume on moral panics. An edited text (with Viv Cree), 'Social Work in a Changing Scotland' was published early in 2018. My research interests lie in the areas of care and upbringing, social pedagogy, social work ethics and theorising social work. I have a particular current interest in historical abuse in residential child care.

I would be interested in supervising PhDs in any of the above areas, or more broadly, through negotiation.

Publications

The politics and ethics of research into ‘wicked’ social problems : The case of Jimmy Savile at Duncroft
7/2019
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Social pedagogy and its relevance for Scottish social welfare
6/2019
Research Output: Book Anthology > Other report

The emotional labour of austerity : How social workers reflect and work on their feelings towards reducing support to needy children and families
10/2018, British Journal of Social Work
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

The origins of the Jimmy Savile scandal
3/2018, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Ethics for Social Work
3/2018
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Introduction
3/2018
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Relationship-based practice : emergent themes in social work literature
1/2018
Research Output: Book Anthology > Commissioned report

Social Work in Scotland
/2018
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Creating spaces for change : engaging civil society to harness change in criminal justice practice
12/2017, European Journal of Probation
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

From attachment to recognition for children in care
10/2017, British Journal of Social Work
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

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