Paul Bywaters

Professor, Emeritus Professor of Social Work

  • 331 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Research Interests

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



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


MA, University of Oxford


External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Sheffield



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

Fingerprint Fingerprint is based on mining the text of the person's scientific documents to create an index of weighted terms, which defines the key subjects of each individual researcher.

  • 4 Similar Profiles
child welfare Social Sciences
social work Social Sciences
Social Work Medicine & Life Sciences
health Social Sciences
child protection Social Sciences
Child Welfare Medicine & Life Sciences
deprivation Social Sciences
Health Medicine & Life Sciences

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 1998 2017

11 Citations

Child protection in England: An emerging inequalities perspective

Bywaters, P. & Sparks, T. 9 Aug 2017 In : Journal of Children's Services. 12, 2-3, p. 107-112 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
child protection
Health Policy
educational policy
Child Welfare
3 Citations

Child welfare as justice: Why are we not effectively addressing inequalities?

Davidson, G., Bunting, L., Bywaters, P., Featherstone, B. & McCarten, C. 1 Sep 2017 In : British Journal of Social Work. 47, 6, p. 1641-1651 16 p., bcx094

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Justice
Child Welfare
child welfare
health law
2 Citations

Looking after children in the UK – convergence or divergence?

McGhee, J., Bunting, L., McCarten, C., Elliot, M., Bywaters, P. & Featherstone, B. 17 Oct 2017 In : The British Journal of Social Work. (in press), p. (in press) 36 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Work
2 Citations

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. 16 Jun 2017 In : Children and Youth Services Review. (in press), p. (in press) 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Child Abuse
child protection

Trends In Child Protection Across The UK: A Comparative Analysis

Bunting, L., McCarten, C., McGhee, J., Bywaters, P., Daniel, B., Featherstone, B. & Slater, T. 17 Oct 2017 In : The British Journal of Social Work. (in press), p. (in press) 47 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

child protection
Northern Ireland
child welfare

Activities 1990 2015

  • 44 Participation in conference

European Social Work Research Conference

Bywaters, P. (Speaker)
22 Apr 201524 Apr 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development

Bywaters, P. (Speaker)
9 Jul 201412 Jul 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development

Bywaters, P. (Speaker)
9 Jul 201412 Jul 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

Social Services Research Group Annual Workshop

Bywaters, P. (Speaker)
27 Mar 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

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

Bywaters, P. (Speaker)
23 Jul 201327 Jul 2013

Activity: Participation in conference