1986 …2019
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Biography

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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Keywords

  • 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.

1/12/1430/04/16

Project: ResearchResearch Council

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

Social workers’ reflections on ethics in relation to adoption in the UK: Everywhere but nowhere?

Anna Gupta & Featherstone, B., 18 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : British Journal of Social Work.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ethics
social worker
moral philosophy
Ethical Theory
Codes of Ethics
13 Citations (Scopus)

Inequalities in English Child Protection Practice under Austerity: A Universal Challenge?

Bywaters, P., Brady, G., Bunting, L., Daniel, B., Featherstone, B., Jones, C., Morris, K., Scourfield, J., Sparks, T. & Webb, C., Feb 2018, In : Child and Family Social Work. 23, 1, p. 53-61 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

child protection
deprivation
child welfare
austerity policy
Child Welfare
15 Citations (Scopus)

Let’s stop feeding the risk monster: Towards a social model of ‘child protection’

Featherstone, B., Gupta, A., Morris, K. & Warner, J., 1 Mar 2018, In : Families, Relationships and Societies. 7, 1, p. 7-22 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
child protection
community
disability
mental health
determinants
3 Citations (Scopus)

Looking after Children in the UK: Convergence or Divergence?

McGhee, J., Bunting, L., Mccartan, C., Elliott, M., Bywaters, P. & Featherstone, B., 1 Jul 2018, In : British Journal of Social Work. 48, 5, p. 1176-1198 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

divergence
Wales
Scotland
England
Northern Ireland