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Paul Bywaters

Professor, Emeritus Professor of Social Work

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    1982 …2020

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    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


    Award Date: 1 Oct 1973

    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


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