Selected relevant refereed journal articles from centre academics based in SOCSI, 2011-2018

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Mannay, D., Smith, P., Jennings, S., Turney, C. & Davies, P. (2019) ‘The Value of Cultural and Creative Engagement: Understanding the Experiences and Opinions of Care-experienced Young People and Foster Carers in Wales’


Roberts, L., Maxwell, N., Messenger, R. & Palmer, C. (2018)  ‘Evaluation of Reflect in Gwent Final Report’

Addis, S. & Murphy, S (2018). ‘There is such a thing as too healthy!’ The impact of minimum nutritional guidelines on school food practices in secondary schools. J Hum Nutr Diet.

Addis S., Holland-Hart D, Edwards A, Neal RD, Wood F. Implementing Prudent Healthcare in the NHS in Wales; what are the barriers and enablers for clinicians? J Eval Clin Pract. 2018;1-7

Sarah WallaceCarolyn WallaceJoyce KenkreJo BrayfordSimon Borja, (2018) “Men who experience domestic abuse: a service perspective”, Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research,

Doughty, J., Maxwell, NSlater, T (2018) ‘Parental alienation: in search of evidence’. Family Law (October Edition).

Bywaters, P., Scourfield, J., Jones, C., Sparks, T., Elliott, M. et al (2018) ‘Child Welfare Inequalities in the four nations of the UK’. Journal of Social Work (September Edition) featured in Guardian article on Why does Northern Ireland have fewer children in Care?

Mannay, D., Rees, A. and Roberts, L. eds. 2019. Children and young people ‘looked after’? Education, intervention and the everyday culture of care in Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.

Mannay, D., Staples, E., Hallett, S., Roberts, L., Rees, A., Evans, R. and Andrews, D. 2018. Enabling talk and reframing messages: Working creatively with care experienced children and young people to recount and re-represent their everyday experiences. Child Care in Practice (10.1080/13575279.2018.1521375)

Mannay, D., Staples, E. and Edwards, V. 2017. Visual methodologies, sand and psychoanalysis: employing creative participatory techniques to explore the educational experiences of mature students and children in care. Visual Studies 32(4), pp. 345-358. (10.1080/1472586X.2017.1363636)

Mannay, D., Evans, R., Staples, E., Hallett, S., Roberts, L., Rees A. and Andrews, D.2017. The consequences of being labelled ‘looked-after’: Exploring the educational experiences of looked-after children and young people in Wales. British Educational Research Journal 43(4), pp. 683-699. (10.1002/berj.3283)

Jonathan Scourfield, Gualtiero Colombo, Pete Burnap, Rhiannon Evans, Nina Jacob, Matthew Williams & Sarah Caul (2018) The number and characteristics of newspaper and Twitter reports on suicides and road traffic deaths in young people, Archives of Suicide Research, DOI: 10.1080/13811118.2018.1479321

Wilkins, D., Lynch, A. & Antonopoulou, V. (2018) A golden thread? The relationship between supervision, practice, and family engagement in child and family social work. Child & Family Social Work. 2018;1–10.Bostock, L., Lynch, A., Newlands, F., & Forrester, D. (2018). Diffusion theory and multi-disciplinary working in children’s services. Journal of Integrated Care, 26(2), 120-129

Forrester, D., Westlake, D., Killian, M., Antonopolou, V., McCann, M., Thomas, R., … & Hutchison, D. (2018). A randomized controlled trial of training in Motivational Interviewing for child protection. Children and Youth Services Review.

Morris, K., Mason, W., Bywaters, P., Daniel, B., Featherstone, B., Mirza, N., Brady, G., Bunting, L., Scourfield, J., Hooper,J. and Webb, C. (2018) Social work, poverty and child welfare interventions. Child and Family Social Work

Moody, G., Brookes-Howell, L., Cannings-John, R., Channon, S., Coulman, E., Lau, M., Rees, A., Scourfield, J., Segrott, J. and Robling, M. (2018) Evaluating the long-term impact of the Fostering Changes training programme for foster carers in Wales, the Confidence in Care trial: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials 19:34.

Scourfield, J., Shardlow, S., Rees, A. and Zhang, M. (in press) A profile of UK doctoral candidates in social work and social care. British Journal of Social Work

Bostock, LisaLynch, AmyNewlands, Fiona and Forrester, Donald 2018. Diffusion theory and multi-disciplinary working in children’s services.Journal of Integrated Care 26 (2) , pp. 120-129. (10.1108/JICA-10-2017-0039)

Zhang, MengScourfield, JonathanCheung, Sin Yi and Sharland, E. 2018. Comparing fathers and mothers who have social work contact: A research note.Social Work Research (10.1093/swr/svx027)


Teater, B., Roy, J., Carpenter, J., Forrester, D., Devaney, J., & Scourfield, J. (2017). Making Social Work Count: A Curriculum Innovation to Teach Quantitative Research Methods and Statistical Analysis to Undergraduate Social Work Students in the United Kingdom. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 37(5), 422-437.

Forrester, D., Maxwell, N., Slater, T., Doughty, J., & Board, S. (2017). An evidence based review of the risks to children and young people who are educated at home Final Report.

Antonopoulou, P.Killian, M. and Forrester, Donald 2017. Levels of stress and anxiety in child and family social work: Workers’ perceptions of organizational structure, professional support and workplace opportunities in Children’s Services in the UK.Children and Youth Services Review 76 , pp. 42-50. (10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.02.028)

Elliott, al. 2017. Looking after children in the UK – convergence or divergence?British Journal of Social Work  (10.1093/bjsw/bcx103)

Elliott, M., Staples, E. and Scourfield, J. B. 2017. The characteristics of children and young people in residential care in WalesChild Care in Practice

Evans, Rhiannon EmilyWhite, JamesTurley, RuthSlater, ThomasMorgan, Helen ElizabethStrange, Heather and Scourfield, Jonathan Bryn 2017. Comparison of suicidal ideation, suicide attempt and suicide in children and young people in care and non-care populations: Systematic review and meta-analysis of prevalence.Children and Youth Services Review 82 , pp. 122-129. (10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.09.020)

Forrester, Donald 2017. Outcomes in children’s social care. Journal of Children’s Services 12 (2-3) , pp. 144-157. (10.1108/JCS-08-2017-0036)

Lyttleton-Smith, Jennifer 2017. Objects of conflict: (re) configuring early childhood experiences of gender in the preschool classroom. Gender and Education (10.1080/09540253.2017.1332343)

Teater, BarbraRoy, JessicaCarpenter, JohnForrester, DonaldDevaney, John and Scourfield, Jonathan 2017. Making social work count: A curriculum innovation to teach quantitative research methods and statistical analysis to undergraduate social work students in the United Kingdom. Journal of Teaching in Social Work 37 (5) , pp. 422-437. (10.1080/08841233.2017.1381216)

Scourfield, Jonathan
Maxwell, NinaZhang, Meng LeDe Villiers, TeresaPithouse, AndrewKinnersley, PaulMetcalf, Elizabeth and Tayyaba, Sadia 2017. Evaluation of a fast-track postgraduate social work program in England using simulated practice. Research on Social Work Practice (10.1177/1049731517735575)Roberts, Louise
Meakings, SarahSmith, AudraForrester, Donald and Shelton, Katherine Helen 2017. Care-leavers and their children placed for adoption.Children and Youth Services Review 79 , pp. 355-361. (10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.06.030)

Wilkins, David, Forrester, Donald and Grant, Louise 2017. What happens in child and family social work supervision?Child & Family Social Work 22 (2) , pp. 942-951. (10.1111/cfs.12314)

Williams, A. and Segrott, J. 2017. Development of a conceptual model for restorative approach in family service provisionSocial Policy and Society  (10.1017/S1474746417000318)


Evans, RhiannonHallett, SophieRees, Alyson and Roberts, Louise 2016. The acceptability of educational interventions: Qualitative evidence from children and young people in care. Children and Youth Services Review 71 , pp. 68-76. (10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.10.030)

Evans, Rhiannon EmilyScourfield, Jonathan Bryn and Moore, Graham 2016. Gender, relationship breakdown, and suicide risk: a review of research in western countries.Journal of Family Issues 37 (16) , pp. 2239-2264. (10.1177/0192513X14562608)

Forrester, DonaldHolland, SallyWilliams, Anne and Copello, Alex 2016. Helping families where parents misuse drugs or alcohol? A mixed methods comparative evaluation of an intensive family preservation service.Child & Family Social Work 21 (1) , pp. 65-75. (10.1111/cfs.12111)

Roberts, LouiseMaxwell, NinaRees, P.Holland, S. and Forbes, N. 2016. Improving well-being and outcomes for looked after children in Wales: A context sensitive review of interventions.Adoption and Fostering 40 (4) , pp. 309-324.(10.1177/0308575916675563)

Williams, al. 2016. Process evaluation of an environmental health risk audit and action plan intervention to reduce alcohol related violence in licensed premisesBMC Public Health 16(1), article number: 455. (10.1186/s12889-016-3123-9)


Bywaters, P. et al. 2015. Exploring inequities in child welfare and child protection services: Explaining the ‘inverse intervention law’Children and Youth Services Review 57, pp. 98-105. (1016/j.childyouth.2015.07.017)

Evans, R. E., Murphy, S. and Scourfield, J. B. 2015. Implementation of a school-based social and emotional learning intervention: understanding diffusion processes within complex systemsPrevention Science16(5), pp. 754-764. (1007/s11121-015-0552-0)

Hallett, S. 2015. ‘An Uncomfortable Comfortableness’: ‘Care’, Child Protection and Child Sexual Exploitation. British Journal of Social Work doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcv136

Henderson, M. et al. 2015. Predictors of social service contact among teenagers in EnglandBritish Journal of Social Work, pp. bcv081. (1093/bjsw/bcv081)

Henderson, M. et al. 2015. The effect of social work use on the mental health outcomes of parents and the life satisfaction of children in BritainChildren and Youth Services Reviee58, pp. 71-81. (1016/j.childyouth.2015.09.007)

Henderson, M. et al. 2015. The outcomes of educational welfare officer contact in EnglandBritish Educational Research Journal (1002/berj.3212)

Hickle, K and Hallett, S. 2015. Mitigating Harm: Considering Harm Reduction Principles in Work with Sexually Exploited Young People’. Children & Society doi: 10.1111/chso.12145

Mannay, D., Staples, E., Hallett, S., Roberts, L., Rees A., Evans, R. and Andrews, D. 2015. Understanding the educational experiences and opinions, attainment, achievement and aspirations of looked after children in Wales. Project Report. [Online]. Cardiff: Welsh Government. Available at:

Roberts, L. 2015. Meeting children’s needs within a family focussed agenda: The case of support care. Children and Youth Services Review 53 , pp. 105-112.

Roberts, L. 2015. Time to change? Exploring the impact of time-limited service provision in a family support service. Child & Family Social Work Published online 20.3.15

Roberts, L. 2015. Using part-time fostering as a family support service: advantages, challenges and contradictions. British Journal of Social Work. Published online 8.9.15

Scourfield, Jonathan Bryn and Evans, Rhiannon Emily 2015. Why might men be more at risk of suicide after a relationship breakdown? Sociological insights. American Journal of Men’s Health 9 (5) , pp. 380-384. 10.1177/1557988314546395

Scourfield, J. B. and Nasiruddin, Q. 2015. Religious adaptation of a parenting programme: process evaluation of the Family Links Islamic Values course for Muslim fathersChild: Care, Health and Development41(5), pp. 697-703. (1111/cch.12228)

Scourfield, J. B., Smail, P. and Butler, D. 2015. A systemic approach to improving the engagement of fathers in child safeguardingChild Abuse Review24(2), pp. 129-139. (1002/car.2333)


Forrester, D., Holland, S., Williams, A, Copello, A. (2014) ‘Helping families where parents misuse drugs or alcohol? A mixed methods comparative evaluation of an intensive family preservation service’, Child and Family Social Work, Advanced access online, DOI: 10.1111/cfs.12111.

Jacob, N., Scourfield, J. and Evans, R. (2014) Suicide prevention via the Internet: A descriptive review. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Vol. 35(4) pp261-267

O’Connor, L., Forrester, D., Holland, S., Williams, A. and Copello, A. (2014) ‘Perspectives on children’s experiences in families with parental substance misuse and child protection interventions’. Children and Youth Services Review

Scourfield, J. 2014. <!– –> Improving work with fathers to prevent child maltreatment. Child Abuse & Neglect 38 (6) , pp. 974-981. 10.1016/j.chiabu.2014.05.002

Scourfield, J. Cheung, S-Y. and Macdonald, G. (2014) Working with fathers to improve children’s well-being: Results of a survey exploring service provision and intervention approach in the UK. Children and Youth Services Review. on-line early view.

Segrott, J., Gillespie, G., Holliday, J., Humphreys, I., Murphy, S., Phillips, C., Reed, H., Rothwell, H., Foxcroft, D., Hood, K., Roberts, Z., Scourfield, J., Thomas, C. and Moore, L. (2014) Preventing substance misuse: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial of the Strengthening Families Programme 10-14 UK (SFP 10-14 UK).
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Segrott. J., Holliday, J., Rothwell, H., Foxcroft, S., Murphy, S., Scourfield, J., Hood, K. and Moore, L. (2014) Cultural adaptation and intervention integrity: a response to Skärstrand, Sundell and Andréasson. European Journal of Public Health, online advance access.

Williams, A., J. Mackintosh, B. Bateman, S. Holland,  A. Rushworth,  A. Brooks and J. Geddes (2014) ‘The development of a designated dental pathway for looked after children’, British Dental Journal, February.


Holland, S. and Crowley, A. (2013) ‘Looked after children and their birth families: using sociology to explore changing relationships, hidden histories and nomadic childhoods’. Child and Family Social Work, 18 (1) 57-66.

Holland, S., Forrester, D., Williams, A. and Copello, A. (2013) Parental accounts of the impact of their substance misuse on parenting and family relationships, British Journal of Social Work. Advanced access online. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcs197

Holland, S, Williams, A. and Forrester, D. (2013) Navigating ethical moments when researching substance misuse with parents and their children Qualitative Research.  First published online January 24, 2013 as doi:10.1177/1468794112473495.

Scourfield, J. and Taylor, A. (2013) Using a book group to facilitate student learning about social work. Social Work Education. On-line advance access.

Scourfield, J., Warden, R., Gilliat-Ray, S., Khan, A. and Otri, S. (2013) Religious nurture in British Muslim families: Implications for social work. International Social Work. 56 (3): 326-342

Stack, S. and Scourfield, J. (2013) Recency of divorce, depression and suicide risk. Journal of Family Issues. On-line advance access.


Baynes, P. and Holland, S. (2012) ‘Social work with violent men: a child protection field study in an English local authority’, Child Abuse Review, 21 (1) 53-65. DOI: 10.1002/car.1159.

Evans, R. and Holland, S. (2012) ‘Community parenting and the informal safeguarding of children at neighbourhood level’, Families, Relationships and Society, 1 (2) 173-190.DOI: 10.1332/204674312X645501

Holland, S. (2012) Trust in the community: understanding the relationship between formal, semi-formal and informal child safeguarding in a local neighbourhood. British Journal of Social Work. Advanced access:

Khan, A., Scourfield, J., Gilliat-Ray, S. and Otri, S. (2012) Reflections on qualitative research with Muslim families. Fieldwork in Religion. 7 (1): 48–69.

Maxwell, N., Scourfield, J., Featherstone, B., Holland, S. and Lee, J. (2012) The benefits and challenges of training child protection social workers in father engagement. Child Abuse Review. 21 (4) 299-310. DOI: 10.1002/car.2218

Maxwell, N., Scourfield, J., Featherstone, B., Holland, S. and Tolman, R. (2012) Engaging fathers in child welfare services: A narrative review of recent research evidence. Child and Family Social Work. 17(2)160-169.

Maxwell, N., Scourfield, J., Gould, N. and Huxley, P. (2012) UK panel data on social work service users. British Journal of Social Work 42 (1):  165-184.

Pithouse A, Broadhurst K, Hall C, Peckover S and White S (2012)   ‘Trust, risk and the (mis) management of contingency and discretion through new information technologies in children’s services’, Journal of Social Work,  DOI: 10.1177/1468017310382151

Pithouse A (2012)  Devolution and Change since the Children Act 1989 : New Directions in Wales, Journal of Children’s Services,  6:3,172-185

Pithouse A and Rees A (2012)  ‘Care as regulated and care in the Obdurate World of Intimate Relations: Foster Care Divided? Journal of Ethics and Social Welfare, (Special Issue)  5 (2) 196-209.

Rees, A., Holland, S. and Pithouse, A. (2012) ‘Food in Foster Families: care, communication and conflict’, Children and Society, 26 (2) 100-111.. DOI: 10.1111/j.1099-0860.2010.00332.x.

Scourfield, J., Tolman, R., Maxwell, N., Sloan, L., Bullock, A. and Holland, S. (2012) ‘Results of a training course for social workers on engaging fathers in child protection’, Children and Youth Services Review. 34 (8) 1425-1432.

Slater, T., Scourfield, J. and Sloan, L. (2012) Who is citing whom in social work? A response to Hodge, Lacasse and Benson. British Journal of Social Work. 42 (8): 1626-1633.


Holland, S., Tannock, S. and Collicott, H. (2011) ‘Everybody’s business?  A research review of the informal safeguarding of other people’s children in the UK’ Children and Society, 25 (5) 406-416.

Holland, S., Burgess, S., Grogan-Kaylor, A.  and Delva, J.  (2011) ‘Understanding neighbourhoods, communities and environments: new approaches for social work research’ British Journal of Social Work. 41 (4) 689-707. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcq123

Scourfield, J., Roen, K. and McDermott, E.(2011) The non-display of authentic distress: Public-private dualism in young people’s discursive construction of self-harm. Sociology of Health and Illness, 33(5): 777-791.

Wastell D, Peckover, S, White S, Pithouse A, Broadhurst K, Hall C (2011) ‘Social work in the laboratory: using microworlds for practice research’ British Journal of Social Work, 41:4; 744-760