Who's who

Gillian Ruch

Gillian Ruch has a background in professional practice as a social worker with experience of working in statutory child care teams. Her research interests relate to child and practitioner well-being and in the contribution of reflective practice to professional education, practice and research. She is particularly interested in developing understanding of relfective practice as a mode of support for professional practice a nd as a research method. To this end she is interested in approaches to research that are participatory and action-research orientated. Gillian is currently exploring understandings of reflective practice in inter-professional settings, the role of reflective forums in supporting practitioner well-being and effective outcomes in child care practice and developing a model of relationship-based reflection.

Further details in Gillian Ruch's profile on the Social Sciences web-site.

Selected publications

Ruch. G. (2007). 'Thoughtful' Practice: Child Care Social Work and the Role of Case Discussion . Child and Family Social Work, Vol 12 Issue 4, 370-379.

Ruch, G. (2007). Reflective Practice in Child Care Social Work: the Role of Containment . British Journal of Social Work, 37, 659-680

Ruch, G. (2005). Relationship-based and Reflective Practice: Holistic Approaches to Contemporary Child Care Social Work. Child and Family Social Work, 10, 111-123., (ISSN: 1356-5500)

Photo of Tony Evans PainTony Evans

Tony Evans is a national member of the SPRING steering group. He is an Associate Professor in the School of Health and Social Studies at the University of Warwick. He previously taught at Southampton, York and Oxford Brookes. Before this he worked as a social worker in mental health, and subsequently in forensic social work in the health service. Before training as a social worker he worked in policy development, and community representation in social services and the health service. His research interests focus on: practice research and professional knowledge; discretion, policy and professional practice; and community care and mental health.

Tony's interests in practice research focus on: discretion and the impact of service organisation, policy and procedures on professional practice; and ethics and professional practice and service user rights, particularly in mental health. Alongside his membership of SPRING he is also involved with the Managerialism and Social Services Interest Group based at the University of Warwick.

Tony is currently working on two books: one on forms of evidence and knowledge in practice (for Polity Press), and the other on social work discretion in contemporary social services (for Ashgate). He is interested in the role of oral history in identifying and recording practice expertise, and is developing a proposal for a research project looking at practitioners' histories of social work in social services.

Further details in Tony Evans' profile on the University of Warwick web-site.

Selected publications

Evans, T (forthcoming) 'Managing to be professional? Team managers and practitioners in social services' in Harris, J and White, V (Eds.) Modernising social work, Bristol, Policy Press

Evans, T. (2007) 'Confidentiality in Mental Health Services: A Negotiated Order?' Qualitative Social Work 6: 213-229

Evans, T and Harris, J (2006) A Case of Mistaken Identity? Debating the Dilemmas of Street-level Bureaucracy with Musil et al.', European Journal of Social Work pp 445-459

Evans, T and Harris, J (2004) 'Citizenship, Social Inclusion and Confidentiality', British Journal of Social Work 34: 69-91

Evans, T and Harris, J (2004) 'Street-Level Bureaucracy, Social Work and the (Exaggerated) Death of Discretion', British Journal of Social Work 34: 871-89

Photo of Jan Fook Professor Jan Fook, Head of Division of Social Work Studies, School of Social Sciences

Jan Fook has been a social worker and educator for nearly 30 years. She is currently Professor in Social Work Studies at the University of Southampton and was most recently Professor and Director of the Centre for Professional Development at La Trobe University, Australia. This centre was an initiative in continuing education across health and social welfare, and in this position she conducted hundreds of critical reflection workshops. Over the course of her career she has worked at several Australian Universities, including Deakin University where she designed and set up new social work program. From Australia she has been regularly invited to give keynote addresses, seminars and conduct workshops in the Nordic and Scandinavian countries, the UK, Canada and Asia. She currently holds Visiting Professorships with two UK universities.

Her work includes critical reflection, critical social work, professional practice and practice research. Throughout the course of her career, she has been keenly involved in developing social work education, particularly using innovative and reflective methods, and also has experience teaching practice skills and field education. Her research work involves the empirical research of professional practice, and developing better methods for representing the complexity of this. She has published 12 books and over 70 book chapters and articles. Her books include: Radical Casework (Allen & Unwin); Professional Expertise (with Martin Ryan & Linette Hawkins, Whiting & Birch) and Social Work: Critical Theory and Practice (Sage). Practising Critical Reflection (with Fiona Gardner, Open University Press) is to be published shortly.

Whilst at Southampton (2006-8) in the Division of Social Work Studies she set up the Southampton Practice Research Initiative Network Group (SPRING), designed to develop and resource practice research initiatives in partnership between practitioners and academics, and to profile the use of innovative methods in practice research.

In 2008 she took up the posts of Professor of Professional Practice Research and Director of the Inter-Professional Institute, South West London Academic Alliance. She is based at Royal Holloway College of the University of London.

Selected publications

J. Fook & F. Gardner (2007). Practising Critical Reflection: A Resource Handbook. Maidenhead: Open University Press., (ISBN: 13 978 0335 221 707)

J. Fook (2002). Social Work: Critical Theory and Practice. London: Sage., (ISBN: 0-7619-7250-1)

S. White, J. Fook & F. Gardner (eds) (2006). Critical Reflection in Health and Social Care. Maidenhead: Open University Press., (ISBN: 10:0 335 21878 4)

S. Hick, J. Fook & R. Pozzuto (eds) (2005). Social Work: The Critical Turn. Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing Inc., (ISBN: 1-55077-147-7)

J. Fook (2004). Critical Reflection and organisational learning and Change: A Case Study Social Work, Critical Reflection and the Learning Organisation (ed. N. Gould & M. Baldwin) (pp. 57-73). Aldershot: Ashgate.

J. Fook (2004). What Professionals Need from Research, Evidence-Based Practice (ed. D. Smith) (pp. 29-46). London: Jessica Kingsley. Articles

J. Fook & G. Aga Askeland (2007). Challenges of Critical Reflection: Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained. Social Work Education, 16, 2, 15.

Susan Martin

Dr. Susan Martin is Programme Director for the BSc in Social Work. Her main teaching responsibilities are in law, professional development/reflection on social work practice and she provides input on disability aspects of the Children and Families courses.

Susan is a Registered Social Worker and her professional social work experience is primarily in child care/welfare in both hospital and area centre settings. Susan's social work experience is augmented by many years as a Practice Assessor for students and Practice Assessors in training.

In conjunction with Susan's long employment with Hampshire County Council she completed a project leading to the establishment of the Link Family Care Scheme for disabled children and their families and she was a member of the County's Children with Disabilities Commissioning Group which was constituted to inform policy development. Susan remains on Hampshire's Research Governance Panel and contributes to the training of Practice Assessors.

Jackie Powell

Jackie Powell is Professor of Social Work Studies and a co-director of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods located within the School of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton, UK. She is a professionally qualified social worker and has practised in a number of mental health settings prior to taking up an academic appointment more than a decade ago. Her particular interests include interagency working at the health and social care interface and the impact of changing policy and organisational structure on patterns of service provision and professional practice. She also has a longstanding commitment to promoting older people's involvement in the research process and facilitating the greater utilization of research by practitioners. She was a member of the group which produced A Social Work Research Strategy in Higher Education 2006-2020, published in 2006, and is active in the implementation of a range of capacity-building activities to promote social work research within both the academic and practice settings.

Further details in Jackie Powell's profile on the School of Social Sciences web-site.

Selected publications

Orme, J. and Powell, J. (in press) Building Research Capacity in Social Work: Process and Issues, British Journal of Social Work (Advance access doi:10.1093/bjsw/bsm122).

Powell, J. (2007) Promoting Older People's Voices - the contribution of social work to inter-disciplinary research. Social Work in Health Care vol. 44 (1/2) pp.111-126.

Powell, J. (2005) Values in Social Work Research: Reflection, rhetoric and reality. Journal of European Social Work 8(1) pp.23-29.

Powell, J. (2002) The Changing Conditions of Social Work Research. British Journal of Social Work 32 pp.17-33.

Jackie Rafferty

Jackie Rafferty holds a University of Southampton Principal Research Fellowship and is Director of the Centre for Human Service Technology (CHST) in the School of Social Sciences and of SWAP. With a background in community development she has researched and published extensively on information and communication technologies in social work education and practice.

Further details in Jackie Rafferty's profile on the School of Social Sciences web-site.

Selected publications

Taylor, I. & Rafferty, J. (2003). Integrating research and teaching in social work: building a strong partnership. Journal of Social Work Education, Volume 22, Number 6 , 589 - 602. Published

Kenyon, S., Rafferty J. and Lyons, G. (2003). Social exclusion and transport in the UK: A role for virtual accessibility in the alleviation of mobility-related social exclusion? Journal of Social Policy, Volume 32 Issue 3, 317-338. (ISSN: 0047-2794)

Chris Warren-Adamson

Chris Warren-Adamson is Visiting Senior Research Fellow. He has a long-term interest in centre-based practice for families and their children, and specialises in family support and the role of family centres internationally in delivering services and developing community. He is currently researching the way complexity theory may help our understanding of the way outcomes are negotiated and evaluated.

Selected publications

Warren-Adamson, C. and Lightburn, A. (2006). Developing a community based model for integrated family centre practice. In Lightburn, A. and Sessions, P. (eds), Handbook of Community-Based Clinical Practice (pp. 261-284). Oxford University Press., (ISSN: 0-19-515922-5)

Warren-Adamson C.A. and Lightburn A. (2005). Developing a community-based model for integrated family center practice. In A. Lightburn and P. Sessions (eds), Handbook of Community-Based Practice (pp. 261-284). New York: Oxford University Press., (ISBN: 0-19-515922-5)

Warren-Adamson C.A. (2005). Some reflections on issues in partnership practice. In A.Wheal (ed.), Handbook of Fostering Practice. Lyme Regis: Russel House Publishing.