Paul Bywaters

Professor, Emeritus Professor of Social Work

  • 609 Citations
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1982 …2019

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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

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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 9 p.

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    Activities

    • 44 Participation in conference

    European Social Work Research Conference

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    22 Apr 201524 Apr 2015

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    Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development

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    9 Jul 201412 Jul 2014

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    Social Services Research Group Annual Workshop

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    27 Mar 2014

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    Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development

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    9 Jul 201412 Jul 2014

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    BASW International Committee World Human Rights Day conference

    Paul Bywaters (Speaker)
    10 Dec 2013

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