Vicki Coppock

Vicki Coppock

Vicki completed a BA (Hons) Sociology at Liverpool University in 1981 and a Diploma in Psychiatric Social Work (CQSW) at the University of Manchester in 1984.  She then worked as a child guidance social worker for several years.  Vicki completed an MA in Crime, Deviance and Social Policy (Lancaster University) in 1990.  Her dissertation topic was “Media Images of Working Class Liverpool Women: A Critical Feminist Analysis” for which she received a distinction. In 1991 Vicki was appointed Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Social Policy, in 2006 she was appointed Reader in Social Sciences and in 2014 she was appointed Professor of Social Sciences: Childhood Studies and Mental Health.  Vicki’s research interests and publications focus on the critical analysis of theory, policy, legislation and professional practice in the field of mental health, with a particular emphasis on asserting a positive rights agenda for children and young people in mental distress.

Vicki’s inaugural lecture, Psychiatrised Childhoods: A Human Rights Issue? (April 2017) can be viewed here.

Qualifications

  • MA Crime, Deviance and Social Policy (University of Lancaster), 1990
  • BA (Hons) Sociology (University of Liverpool), 1981
  • Diploma in Psychiatric Social Work (University of Manchester), 1984
  • Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (University of Manchester), 1984
  • Social Work Practice Teaching Award (CCETSW, 1991)

Research Area

Sociology of childhood, mental health, social work, children’s rights, social justice

Current Teaching

  • PhD Supervision

Research Interests

  • Actualisation of children’s participation rights
  • Children’s rights-informed research methodologies and methods
  • CAMHS Policy and Practice
  • Psychotherapeutic education and governmentality
  • The impact of anti-terror and counter-radicalisation law, policy and practices on Muslim children and young people
  • Children and young people as political agents

Publications

Books

Gillett-Swan J and Coppock V (eds) (2016) Children’s Rights, Educational Research and the UNCRC Oxford, Symposium Books.

Coppock V & Dunn B (2010) Understanding Social Work Practice in Mental Health, London: Sage (170 pages)

Coppock V & Hopton J (2000) Critical Perspectives on Mental Health London: Routledge (208 pages)

Coppock V, Haydon D & Richter I (1995) The Illusions of ‘Post Feminism’: New Women, Old Myths London: Taylor and Francis (213 pages)

Chapters in Books

Coppock V, Guru, S and Stanley T (2018) On becoming ‘radicalised’: pre-emptive surveillance and intervention to save ‘the young Muslim’, In Maria Grasso & Judith Bessant (Eds.) Governing Youth Politics in the Age of Surveillance, London: Routledge.

Stanley T, Guru, S and Coppock V (2018) A risky time for Muslim families: professionalised counter-radicalisation networks, In Andrew Whittaker and Brian Taylor (Eds.) Risk in Social Work Practice, Current Issues, London: Routledge.

Coppock V and Gillett-Swan J (2016) Introduction. Children’s rights, educational research and the UNCRC, In Jenna Gillett-Swan and Vicki Coppock (Eds.) Children’s Rights, Educational Research and the UNCRC: past, present and future, Oxford: Symposium Books.

Gillett-Swan J and Coppock V (2016) The future of children’s rights, educational research and the UNCRC in a digital world: possibilities and prospects, In Jenna Gillett-Swan and Vicki Coppock (Eds.) Children’s Rights, Educational Research and the UNCRC: past, present and future, Oxford: Symposium Books.

Coppock V (2014/15) ‘Schizophrenia’ in P Taylor, K Corteen & S Morley (eds) A Dictionary of Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Risk, Bristol: The Policy Press.

Coppock V (2008) ‘Gender’ in Tummey R and Turner T (eds) Critical Issues in Mental Health, London: Palgrave/Macmillan pp91-107

Coppock V (2005) ‘Mad, Bad or Misunderstood?REVISED AND UPDATED in Hendrick H (ed) Child Welfare and Social Policy: An essential reader, London: The Policy Press pp285-300

Coppock V (2005) ‘Meeting the Challenge? Voicing Children and Young People in Mental Health Research’ in Goddard J, McNamee S, James A and James A (eds) The Politics of Childhood: International Perspectives, Contemporary Developments, London: Palgrave/Macmillan pp245-262

Coppock V (2002) ‘Medicalising Children’s Behaviour’ in B Franklin (ed) The New Handbook of Children’s Rights: Comparative Policy and Practice, 2nd edition, London: Routledge pp139-154

Coppock V (1997) ‘Families in ‘Crisis’ in P Scraton (ed) ‘Childhood’ in ‘Crisis’? London: UCL Press pp58-75

Coppock V (1997) ‘Mad, Bad or Misunderstood?’ in P Scraton (ed) ‘Childhood’ in ‘Crisis’, London: UCL Press pp146-162

Journal Articles

Stanley T, Guru, S and Coppock V (2017) A risky time for Muslim families: professionalised counter-radicalisation networks, Journal of Social Work Practice, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp. 477-490.

Coppock V and Gillett-Swan J (2016) ‘Editorial. Children’s Rights in a 21st Century Digital World: Exploring Opportunities and Tensions’, Global Studies of Childhood, Volume 6, Issue 4. Sage Journals.

Coppock V and McGovern M (2014) ‘Dangerous Minds’? Deconstructing Counter-Terrorism Discourse, Radicalisation and the ‘Psychological Vulnerability’ of Muslim Children and Young People in Britain’, Children and Society Special Issue 2014: Psychiatrised Children and their Rights: Global Perspectives.

Coppock V (2014) ‘Muslim Children’s Rights in a Cold Climate? Problematising the Recruitment of Schools in the ‘War on Terror’ in the UK’, Global Studies of Childhood Special Issue Children’s rights in global contexts: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, Volume 4, Number 2.

Coppock V & Phillips L (Eds.) (2013) Editorial. Global Studies of Childhood Special Issue: Actualisation of Children’s Participation Rights. Volume 3, Number 2.

Coppock V (2011) Liberating the Mind or Governing the Soul? Psychotherapeutic Education, Children’s Rights and the Disciplinary State Education Inquiry Volume 2 Number 3 September pp385-399

Coppock V (2011) ‘Children as peer researchers: reflections on a journey of mutual discovery’ Children and Society Volume 25 Issue 6 pp 435-446 [First published online 24 March 2010 DOI:10.111/j.1099-0860.2010.00296.x]

Coppock V (2010) ‘Cause for Hope or Despair? Limits to theory and policy in relation to contemporary developments in promoting children’s mental health and well-being in schools in the UK and the implications for children’s rights’, Advances in School Mental Health Promotion Vol. 3 Issue 1 pp52-62 (by invitation, Special Thematic Issue)

Coppock V (2006) ‘It’s good to talk! A multi-dimensional qualitative study of the effectiveness of emotional literacy work in schools’ Children and Society 21 (6), 405-419

Coppock V (1997) ‘Patient, Consumer or Empowered User?  The impact of marketisation on child and adolescent mental health services in the UK’ Youth and Policy No 58 Autumn pp1-16

Coppock V (1996) ‘Mad, Bad or Misunderstood? A Critical Analysis of State Responses to Children and Young People Who are Defined as ‘Disturbed’ or ‘Disturbing’ Youth and Policy No 53 Summer pp53-65

Editorships of Journal Special Issues

Coppock V and Gillett-Swan J (Eds) (2016) Children’s Rights in a 21st Century Digital World: Exploring Opportunities and Tensions, Global Studies of Childhood, Volume 6, Issue 4. Sage Journals.

Coppock V & Phillips L (Eds.) (2013) Global Studies of Childhood Special Issue: Actualisation of Children’s Participation Rights. Volume 3, Number 2.

Coppock V & LeFrancois B (Eds.) (Spring 2014) Children and Society Special Issue: Psychiatrised Children and their Rights: Global Perspectives.

Coppock V & Phillips L (Eds.) (June 2014) Global Studies of Childhood Special Issue: Children’s rights in global contexts: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, Volume 4 Number 2.