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Edited by: Tony Evans & Frank Keating

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    About the Editors and Contributors

    Tony Evans is a registered social worker and has practiced as a forensic mental health social worker. He is Professor of Social Work at the University of London and Head of the Department of Social Work at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research explores the intersection of policy, professional practice and ethics. His published work has focused on the analysis of professional discretion in the context of managerialised public services, moral economies of practice, professional expertise and judgement.

    Frank Keating is a Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care at the Department of Social Work at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he is Director of Research and Graduate studies. His main research interests are ethnicity, gender and mental health, particularly focusing on African and Caribbean communities. He is a strong advocate for racial equality in mental health services through his writing, teaching and public speaking.

    Maria Brent is a Senior Lecturer at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, specialising in adult social care. Maria qualified as a social worker in 1996, and has worked in local authority frontline services for 15 years, working with adults and having a specialist interest in learning disabilities and neuro rehab. Maria progressed into a dual role in adults’ workforce development, where she had a lead in supporting social workers develop their knowledge and skills in relation to safeguarding adults and personalisation whilst also working part time as a Teaching Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London. Maria is a qualified Practice Teacher and Best Interest Assessor and is currently in the process of undertaking a Professional Doctorate with her doctoral thesis exploring social workers’ experiences of working with adults who self-neglect.

    Stefan Brown is a Lecturer in Social Work at Royal Holloway, University of London. He teaches on the MSc course in Social Work, specialising in mental health. His interests and teaching are mental health policy, mental capacity and social policy. Stefan is also a registered social worker and has worked primarily in mental health settings as a forensic mental health social worker, an approved mental health professional and a Best Interests Assessor. Stefan is currently undertaking a PhD exploring mental capacity and marginalised groups.

    Donna Chung is Professor of Social Work at Curtin University. Her work in the area of gendered violence has spanned over two decades and includes research, programme evaluation and providing policy advice to governments. Current areas of research include the impact of domestic violence on women’s employment, mental health, housing and homelessness, programmes for male perpetrators of domestic violence and preventing sexualised violence against young women from culturally diverse communities.

    Anna Gupta is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Royal Holloway, University of London. Anna teaches on the qualifying, post-qualifying and doctorate programmes at the Department of Social Work. She is also a registered social worker with extensive experience of working in the family courts. Her research interests include critical social work practice, decision-making in the child protection and family court systems, and children looked after. She is currently involved in an ESRC funded research seminar series on unaccompanied and separated children seeking asylum, and a project working with families who live in poverty and have experience of the child protection system.

    Mark Hardy is Lecturer in Social Work at the University of York. He is author (with Tony Evans) of Evidence and Knowledge for Practice (Polity Press, 2010) and Governing Risk: Care and Control in Contemporary Social Work (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). He is associate editor of the journal Qualitative Social Work and with Ian Shaw (York) and Jeanne Marsh (Chicago) has recently edited the Sage Major Work in Social Work Research. Currently, he is editing two collections: Mental Health Social Work: The Art and Science of Practice (with Martin Webber, Routledge); and Social Work: Developing Professional Practice (with Jonathan Parker, Palgrave). His practice experience entailed work with young and adult offenders and in forensic mental health, and he retains research interests in both of these areas.

    Rick Hood is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London. He qualified as a social worker in 2007 and has mainly specialised in statutory work with children and families. Before becoming a social worker, Rick was employed in the voluntary sector and ran a youth project in Camberwell, South London. His doctoral research explored complexity and interprofessional working in children’s services, and he has also contributed to research into integrated health and social care teams and personalisation in adult services. He is currently working on an evaluation of Caring Dads, a group intervention programme for fathers, and a study of performance measures in child protection services.

    Hannah Jobling is a Lecturer in Social Work at the University of York. Until fairly recently, she worked as practitioner in the youth justice field. Since joining academia, she has researched and written on mental health policy and practice, social work with young people, the policy–practice relationship, ethics in everyday practice and critical realism.

    Fabian Kessl is Professor of Social Work at the University of Duisburg-Essen. His research interests are in the welfare transformation of social work and social policy. Fabian (and Tony Evans) hase recently edited a special issue of the European Journal of Social Work on ‘Travelling Knowledge in Social Work’.

    Alix Walton is a registered social worker with experience in both children and families and adult services. Alix now specialises in social work education and training and has worked in local authority workforce development, and in further and higher education. Alix currently works as a Senior Lecturer on Post-Qualifying Social Work Programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London, and as a freelance trainer and consultant.


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