Paul Bywaters

Professor, Emeritus Professor of Social Work

  • 559 Citations
  • 14 h-Index
1982 …2019
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Personal profile

Research Interests

Child welfare; Child protection; Social inequalities; Social work and health inequalities

Biography

 

I have been a social work academic for over 30 years and before that was a practicing social worker in Birmingham in the 1970s. Working at Coventry University I taught on social work qualifying and post-qualifying courses, as well as on undergraduate and post-graduate courses for a range of professions and social science disciplines. I led social work, applied social science and health studies departments. I established the Centre for Social Justice. I was Vice Chair of the Joint University Council Social Work Education Committee; led the writing of a long term strategy for social work research and contributed to the development of the discipline of social work at a national level in a variety of ways. I co-founded the international Social Work and Health Inequalities Network which has over 350 members in over 25 countries and co-wrote the health policy of the International Federation of Social Workers. Since retiring from full time work I have been developing research on child welfare inequalities. I have published 5 books and over 50 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. I am now employed as Professor of Social Work by Huddersfield University and have an honorary research fellowship with the University of Sheffield.

 

Area of Expertise:

 

  • Applied research methods
  • Research management

Vision Statement

I am currently applying my long term interest in social inequalities to the study of child welfare systems. Children’s services are under immense pressure and facing a crisis of confidence. I am studying inequalities in children’s chances, experiences and outcomes of child welfare systems focusing on the relationship of deprivation to children’s services policies, practice and performance. By building this focus internationally, I want to change the way that children’s services operate and how they are conceived.

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Diploma, University of Oxford

19711973

MA, University of Oxford

19671970

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Sheffield

20162019

Keywords

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • social inequality
  • child protection
  • health inequality
  • child welfare
  • child abuse and neglect

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Research Output 1982 2019

5 Citations (Scopus)
17 Downloads (Pure)

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., Feb 2019, In : Children and Youth Services Review. 97, p. 127-133 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Child Abuse
child protection
Poverty
neglect
conversation
2 Citations (Scopus)
12 Downloads (Pure)

Child welfare inequalities in the four nations of the UK

Bywaters, P., Scourfield, J., Jones, C., Sparks, T., Elliott, M., Hooper, J., McCartan, C., Shapira, M., Bunting, L. & Daniel, B., 11 Sep 2018, In : Journal of Social Work. (In-press), p. (In-press) 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Child Welfare
child welfare
child protection
deprivation
Economics
20 Citations (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

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

Open Access
File
child protection
deprivation
child welfare
austerity policy
Child Welfare
6 Citations (Scopus)

Looking after children in the UK – convergence or divergence?

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

divergence
Wales
Scotland
Social Work
England
13 Citations (Scopus)

Social work, deprivation and child welfare interventions

Morris, K., Mason, W., Bywaters, P., Featherstone, B., Daniel, B., Brady, G., Bunting, L., Hooper, J., Mirza, N., Scourfield, J. & Webb, C., Aug 2018, In : Child and Family Social Work. 23, 3, p. 364-372 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Work
Child Welfare
child welfare
deprivation
social work

Activities 1990 2015

  • 44 Participation in conference

European Social Work Research Conference

Paul Bywaters (Speaker)
22 Apr 201524 Apr 2015

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Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development

Paul Bywaters (Speaker)
9 Jul 201412 Jul 2014

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Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development

Paul Bywaters (Speaker)
9 Jul 201412 Jul 2014

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Social Services Research Group Annual Workshop

Paul Bywaters (Speaker)
27 Mar 2014

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7th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health

Paul Bywaters (Speaker)
23 Jul 201327 Jul 2013

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