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1986 …2020

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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

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Research Expertise and Interests

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

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Family inclusive policy and practice after 'Think Family'

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


Project: Research

Research Output

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

Ferguson, G., Featherstone, B. & Morris, K., 1 Mar 2020, In : Critical and Radical Social Work. 8, 1, p. 25 - 40 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Social Workers’ Reflections on Ethics in Relation to Adoption in the UK: Everywhere but Nowhere?

    Featherstone, B. & Anna Gupta, 1 Apr 2020, In : British Journal of Social Work. 50, 3, p. 833-849 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Toward Full Integration of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Case Study Research: Insights From Investigating Child Welfare Inequalities

    Mason, W., Morris, K., Webb, C., Daniels, B., Featherstone, B., Bywaters, P., Mirza, N., Hooper, J., Brady, G., Bunting, L. & Scourfield, J., 1 Apr 2020, In : Journal of Mixed Methods Research. 14, 2, p. 164-183 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Understanding out of home care rates in Northern Ireland: a thematic analysis of mixed methods case studies

    Mason, W., Morris, K., Featherstone, B., Bunting, L., Davidson, G., Mccartan, C., Bywaters, P. & Webb, C., 31 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : British Journal of Social Work.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    • 1 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...

    Making Research Count

    Brid Featherstone (Discussant), Kate Wood (Discussant)
    27 Jun 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...