Scanning the Horizon of Statutory Social Work with Children – Professor Ray Jones

27th Feb 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Creative Edge

Children’s Social work in England is being reshaped. Referral rates to Children’s Services and the cost of services is increasing while local authority funding is decreasing. Change has been rapid and extensive, from the original recommendations of the Social Work Task Force (2009) through the DfE’s vision for children’s social care reform (2016) to the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and messages coming out of the DfE Innovation Fund (2017). How can we make sense of what is happening and where we are heading? What are the implications for Children’s Services and the social workers who work in them?

This public talk is aimed at those with an interest in children’s social work across the North West of England, including practitioners, managers, academics and students. Talks will be delivered by Professor Ray Jones and by a Principal Social Worker from a local authority Children’s Service within the region and will be followed by a question and answer session.

Organised by the Faculty of  Health & Social Care and sponsored by I4P, this event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.


Professor Ray Jones is Emeritus Professor of Social Work at Kingston University and St. George’s, University of London, and is a registered social worker. From 1992 to 2006 he was director of social services in Wiltshire. He was the first chief executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, and has been deputy chair and chair of the British Association of Social Workers. From 2008 to 2016 he was professor of social work at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Exeter and at the University of Bath and is an honorary fellow of the University of Gloucestershire.

He has led inquiries following the deaths of children and adults, from 2009 to 2013 was chair of Bristol’s Safeguarding Children Board, and from 2010 until 2016 oversaw child protection improvement in Salford, Torbay, the Isle of Wight, Sandwell and Devon. His most recent book, ‘The Story of Baby P: Setting the Record Straight’, was published in July 2014, has had three re-prints, and a second up-dated and expanded edition was published in February 2017. He is now mid-stream on writing two books: one on ‘The Privatisation of Social Work and Social Services’ and a book on ‘The History of the Personal Social Services’. He is frequently distracted, however, by his television, radio and print press media activities as a commentator and columnist on social policy, social work and on child protection, and in the past year has given written and oral evidence to several Parliamentary Select Committees and to All Party Parliamentary Groups. In 2017 he received the Social Worker  of the Year Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Social Work’.


  • 6.00pm – Registration and Refreshments
  • 6.30pm – Start
  • 8.30pm – Close