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I joined the University of Huddersfield in October 2015 as Professor of Social Work. I qualified as a social worker and worked in the field of social work from 1982-1992. I have been involved in social work education and research since then and have worked at universities in Ireland, England and Germany.

I have an international reputation in the areas of gender, fathers and child protection. My recent co-authored book (with Sue White and Kate Morris) 'Re-imagining Child Protection: towards humane social work with families' has been highly influential and led to invitations to speak and advise on reforming child protection nationally and internationally. An article with White and Morris 'A marriage made in hell: early intervention meets child protection’, British Journal of Social Work, 44, 1735-1749 won the Kay McDougall prize for article of the year in 2015.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Fathers
  • Family support
  • Reforming child protection

Research Degree Supervision

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  • Child Welfare
  • Fatehrs
  • Family Support
  • Reforming Child Protection

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Projects 2014 2016

Family inclusive policy and practice after 'Think Family'

Featherstone, B., Tew, J., Morris, K. & White, S.


Project: ResearchResearch Council - ESRC

Research Output 1986 2019

Child protection and social inequality: Editorial

Bywaters, P., Featherstone, B. & Morris, K., 30 Jan 2019, In : Social Sciences. 8, 2, 42.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
child protection
social inequality
government policy

Framed to fit? Challenging the domestic abuse 'story' in child protection

Ferguson, G., Featherstone, B. & Morris, K., 26 Aug 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Critical and Radical Social Work.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

child protection
domestic violence
social worker
1 Citation (Scopus)

Paradoxical evidence on ethnic inequities in child welfare: towards a research agenda

Bywaters, P., Scourfield, J., Webb, C., Morris, K., Featherstone, B., Brady, G., Jones, C. & Sparks, T., 1 Jan 2019, In : Children and Youth Services Review. 96, p. 145-154 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Child Welfare
child welfare
Child Abuse
6 Citations (Scopus)

Poverty, inequality, child abuse and neglect: Changing the conversation across the UK in child protection?

Featherstone, B., Morris, K., Daniel, B., Bywaters, P., Brady, G., Bunting, L., Mason, W. & Mirza, N., 1 Feb 2019, In : Children and Youth Services Review. 97, p. 127-133 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Child Abuse
child protection