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Dr Jim Goddard

PositionHead of Sociology and Criminology
LocationPemberton P2.14
DepartmentSociology and Criminology
Feedback HoursMondays 2-3pm, Thursdays 2-3pm
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 235797

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

I teach on a variety of core undergraduate modules inside and outside the Division of Sociology and Criminology. These include:

  • Learning Strategies
  • State and Society
  • The British Welfare State
  • Political Philosophy
  • Youth and Crime
  • Strategic Management in the Public Sector

Tutoring and Supervisor Responsibilities:

  • Dissertation Supervisor to third year undergraduate students

Postgraduate Teaching and Related Activities:

  • During my time at Bradford I have taught on a number of Masters modules in social policy and social work. These centre on a range of issues concerned with UK welfare policy since 1945
  • I offer guest sessions on my research fields for appropriate postgraduate modules. 
  • I have successfully supervised one doctoral student
  • I have examined three doctoral theses


I joined the University of Bradford in 1998, became a Senior Lecturer in 2005 and Head of Division in February 2014. I am also Programme Leader for the Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management (since September 2015).

I undertook my PhD at the University of East Anglia, receiving the award in 1994. The subject was: ‘Policy as the Implementation of Belief Systems: Crime and Human Nature, 1964-1970’. The thesis was entered for, and awarded, the Political Studies Association ‘Walter Bagehot prize’ for 1993. It involved the testing and development of an innovatory approach to public policy analysis, focussing on the role of belief systems and social learning.                                    

I then worked at the University of Portsmouth for four years on a range of temporary contracts, before moving to Bradford to take up a permanent position. 

Through my work as a researcher and author and as the Chair of a national charity (The Care Leavers’ Association), I am the leading UK expert on adults who grew up in care. As such, I have presented at numerous national and international events, such as conferences, on this and related subjects (such as dealing with the historic abuse of children in care and accessing care files). More recently, I advised adult care leavers on Jersey in dealing with their experiences of abuse in the child care system on the island in the 1980s and earlier and have advised the Scottish government on historic abuse issues. 

Research Areas

I retain an interest in criminal justice policy and in social policy and public policy more generally. However, over the past 15 years my research interests have become increasingly focussed on the following areas:

  • State child care and leaving care policy in the UK
  • Adults who have grown up in care
  • Access to childhood social care records

Current Projects

  • I am writing a book on the history of policy and practice in relation to looked after children since 1945.
  • I am working, with Divisional colleagues Dr Parveen Akhtar and Dr Paul Sullivan, on a project concerned with voting patterns and political preferences in Bradford
  • I am working on an article on the mental health of care leavers with an Australian colleague, Dr. Suellen Murray.

Past Funded Research Projects

  • Access to Files by Former Children in Care: Local Authority and Voluntary Sector Practice under the Data Protection Act 1998. Main Researcher, With Julia Feast and Derek Kirton as co-researchers. Expenses funded by British Academy. Competitive Award. £ 4,369. (start of 2004 through to end of 2005)
  • The Health of Young People Leaving Care in Bradford District. Main Researcher, with Research Assistant for six months (early to mid 2005). Funded by Bradford City Primary Care Trust. Uncompetitive Award. £14,410.77 (mid-2004 through 2005)


Murray, S. and Goddard, J. (2014), ‘Life after Growing Up in Care: Informing Policy and Practice through Research’. Australian Social Work, 67 (1): 102-117.

Goddard, J., Murray, S. and Duncalf, Z. (2013), ‘Access to Child Care Records: a Comparative Analysis of UK and Australian Policy and Practice’. British Journal of Social Work, 43 (4): 759-774.

Kirton, D., Goddard, J. and Feast, J. (2011), ‘The Use of Discretion in a 'Cinderella' Service: Data Protection and Access to Child-Care Files for Post-Care Adults’. British Journal of Social Work, 41 (5), 912-930.

Duncalf. Z., Hawthorn, M., Davidson, J., Goddard, J. and McMahon, W. (2009), Time for ‘Justice’ (report of commissioned research for the Scottish Human Rights Commission). Manchester and Glasgow: The Care Leavers’ Association and SIRCC.

Goddard, J., Feast, J. and Kirton, D. (2008), ‘A Childhood on Paper: managing access to child care files by post-care adults’.  Adoption and Fostering, 32 (2): 50-62. ISSN: 0308-5759.

Goddard, J., Feast, J. and Kirton, D. (2007), A Childhood on Paper: Accessing the Child Care Files of former looked after children in the UK. Bradford: University of Bradford. 70 pages. ISBN: 1 85143 247

Goddard, J. and Barrett, S. (2007), The Health Care Needs of Young People Leaving Care in Bradford District. Norwich: University of East Anglia. 40pages. ISBN: 978-1-85784-127-5.

Goddard, J. and Horrocks, C. (2006), ‘Adults Who Grew Up in Care: Constructing the Self and Accessing Care Files’. Child and Family Social Work. 11 (3): 264-272. ISSN: 1356-7500.

Goddard, J, MacNamee, S, James, A and James, A (eds) (2004), The Politics of Childhood: International Perspectives, Contemporary Developments.Basingstoke; Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN: 1-4039-3551-3.

Fawcett, B, Featherstone, B and Goddard, J (2004), Contemporary Child Care Policy and Practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN:  0333973798

Altanis, P. and Goddard, J. (2004), ‘Street Children in Contemporary Greece’, Children and Society, 18 (4): 299-311. ISSN: 1951-0605

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Outside Roles:

  • Chair of Joint University Council Executive Committee (2008-2010)
  • Chair of JUC Social Policy Committee (2007-2010)
  • Member of Executive Committee of Social Policy Association (2007-2010)
  • Co-editor of Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law (2002-2012)
  • Advisory Editor of the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law (2012-current)
  • External Examiner: Masters in Public Policy, University of Greenwich (2012-2016)

Currently, my most important role is as Chair of The Care Leavers Association. This is the leading national charity for adults who were in care. We lobby, provide support and advice, conduct research and generally do whatever we can to promote the interests of care leavers and looked after children in the UK and elsewhere:



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