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Professor Colette McAuley

PositionChair of Social Work
DepartmentSocial Work and Social Care
Telephone+44 (0)1274 236762
Emailc.mcauley@bradford.ac.uk

Research Interests (key words only)

Child Well-Being, Child Welfare Outcomes, Children's Lives

Study History

I joined the School and Division in October 2012 as Chair of Social Work.  Prior to that I held the Chair of Social Work at University College Dublin and before that the Chair of Social Work at the University of Southampton.  I am a graduate of Queen's University [B.A. (Hons.) in 1978; Ph.D.(Psychology) in 1994] and Somerville College Oxford (M.Sc. in Applied Social Studies 1980).

Professional History

I trained as a Social Worker at the Department of Applied Social Studies (Barnett House), University of Oxford 1978-1980.  The following fourteen years was spent in practice and management in Children's Services, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Fostering and Post-Adoption Services.  In 1994 I was appointed to a Lectureship in Social Work at Queen's University.  During my twelve years there I was Postgraduate Tutor and Head of Research in the School of Social Work. 

Professional Activities

I was the Chair of the British Association of Social Work in Northern Ireland (1994-1995).

In 1996 I was appointed by the Minister of Health to the Board of the Northern Ireland Guardian Ad Litem Agency.  I was the Social Work appointment on a three person Board tasked with the establishment of the Agency to meet the needs of the Children (NI) Order 1995.  I was re-appointed twice to the Board. 

Research Areas

For the past twenty five years my research has focused on child well-being and improving outcomes for children and families in contact with child welfare services. Whilst at the University of Southampton  I was the founding Director of the Child Well-Being Research Centre. The Centre was based on an interdisciplinary collaboration between Social Sciences and Education with  links to Child Health.  Strong links were developed with Hampshire County Council and Southampton  and the Centre was actively engaged in the provision of consultation and evaluation research to professionals. During the course of my academic career I have held multiple grants from a range of funders including Research Councils, Charities, Government and Local Authorities.  My most recent research An International Literature Review on Child Protection and Children in State Care was funded by the Irish Research Council and the Department for Children and Families, Dublin and will be launched in 2013.

On an international level, I am a founding member of the International Association for Outcome-Based Evaluation and Research for Family and Children's Services (IaOBERfcs) and hosted their first UK seminar in 2009 in Oxford. In 2010 I  hosted an International Child Well-Being Symposium (with the International Society of Child Indicators, the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dublin and the Katherine Howard Foundation) .  I also sat on the Organising Committee of the First European Social Work Research Conference held in Oxford in 2011. Whilst in Dublin I was appointed to the Joint Ministerial North South Child Protection Sub-Committee. I remain a member of the All-Ireland Children's Research Network.  I also sit on the Editorial Board of two international peer reviewed journals: Child and Family Social Work and Child Indicators Research

My  publications include (with Pecora and Rose, 2006) Enhancing the Well-Being of Children and Families: International Evidence for Practice and I have acted as Guest Editor (with Pecora and Whittaker, 2009) of Child and Family Social Work for their Special Issue on High Risk Youth: Evidence on Characteristics, Needs and Promising Interventions. More recently I published (with Rose) Child Well-being: Understanding Children's Lives which was launched by the Irish Children's Laureate, Siobhan Parkinson at the International Child Well-Being International Symposium in Dublin in 2010. I have also recently acted as Guest Editor of Child Indicators Research for their 2012 Special Issue on International Advances in Child Well-Being: Measuring and Monitoring Subjective Well-Being.  I have recently been analysing the qualitative (with McKeown and Merriman, 2012) and quantitative (with Layte, 2012) data from the nine year old cohort in the Growing Up in Ireland study (www.growingup.ie).  I have also recently completed (with Rose)  a chapter on children's social and emotional relationships and well-being for the first international Handbook of Child Well-Being (in press,2013). 

Current Projects

  • Currently in new international collaboration on Poverty as a Risk Factor: A qualitative Study of Vulnerability in Childhood. Other collaborators are Prof. Andersen (Goethe-Universitat Germany), Prof Ben-Arieh (Haruv Institute Hebrew University Jerusalem), Prof. Jill Korbin (Case Western Reserve University Ohio USA) Dr Jen Skattebol (Social Policy Research Centre University of New South Wales, Sydney and Professor Gerry Redmond  (Flinders University Adelaide)
  • Under Professor McAuley's leadership, the Social Work Research Group will be hosting a National Conference on Austerity Cuts and the Impact on Children, Families and Communities on 3 September 2013 in Heaton Mount.  Baroness Ruth Lister will be giving the Keynote.  Other speakers include Professor Bill Jordan (U. Plymouth) and Dr Emma Stone (JRF).  A related Research Seminar Series will follow and research funding is being pursued.

Networks/Roles

She is a Board member of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health which covers the British Isles. She is also a founding member of the International Association for Outcome-Based Evaluation and Research in Family and Children's Services and the International Society for Child Indicators.

Publications

JOURNAL EDITORSHIP AND ARTICLES 

  • McAuley, C. (2012)’International Advances in Child Well-Being: Measuring and Monitoring Subjective Well-Being.’ Child Indicators Research Journal 5 (3) 400-4003.
  • McAuley, C. and Layte, R. (2012) ‘Exploring the Relative Influence of Family Stressors and Socio-Economic Context on Children’s Happiness and Well-Being.’ Child Indicators Journal. 5 (3) 523-545.
  • McAuley, C. (2012)Spending Time with Family and Friends: Children’s Views on Relationships and Shared Activities.’ Child Indicators Research Journal 5 (3) 449-467. 
  • McAuley, C., Pecora, P. and Whittaker, J. (2009)  ‘High Risk Youth: Evidence on Characteristics, Needs and Promising Interventions’  Child and Family Social Work 14(2)
  • McAuley, C. and Davis, T. (2009) ‘The Emotional Well-Being and Mental Health of Looked After Children In England’  Child and Family Social Work 14 (2) pp147-155
  • McAuley, C., McCurry, N., Knapp, M., Beecham, J. and Sleed, M. (2006) ‘Young Families Under Stress: Assessing Maternal and Child Well-Being Using A Mixed Methods Approach’  Child and Family Social Work   11 (1)  43-54
  • Sleed, M., Beecham, J., Knapp, M., McAuley, C. and McCurry, N. (2006) Child: Care, Health and Development 32 (1) 101-110 ‘Assessing Services, Supports and Costs for Young Families Under Stress’
  • McAuley, C. and Young, C. (2006) ‘The Mental Health Needs of Looked After Children: Challenges for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services’ Journal of Social Work Practice 20 (1) 91-103 
  • Bunting, L. and McAuley, C.  (2004) ‘Teenage Pregnancy and Parenthood: The Role of Fathers’, Child and Family Social Work  9 (3)  295-303
  • Bunting, L and McAuley, C. (2004) ‘Teenage Pregnancy and Motherhood: The Contribution of Support’  Child and Family Social Work  9  (2)  207-215
     

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • McAuley, C. and Rose, W. (2013)  ‘Children’s Social and Emotional Relationships and Well-Being: From the Perspective of the Child.’  In  A. Ben-Arieh, I. Frones, F. Casas and J. Korbin (Eds) The Handbook of Child Well-Being.  Springer Publications.  (International Three Volume Reference Book)  Commissioned chapter. 
  • McAuley (2011)  ‘Child Well-Being: Children’s Views of Families’  In M. Richter and S. Andersen (Eds) (2011)  Mapping Families: Practices and Concepts of Children, Parents and Professionals in All-Day Schools.  Springer.  Child Indicators and Research Series.
  • McAuley, C., Rose, W. and Morgan, R. (2010) ‘Children’s Views on Child Well-Being’  In C. McAuley and W. Rose (Eds)  Child Well-Being: Understanding Children’s Lives.  London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • McAuley, C. and Rose, W. (2010)  ‘Child Well-Being: Current Issues and Future Directions’  In C. McAuley and W.Rose (Eds)  Child Well-Being: Understanding Children’s Lives.  London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • McAuley, C., Pecora, P. and Rose, W. (2006) ‘Effective Child Welfare Interventions: Evidence for Practice’  In C. McAuley, P. Pecora, and W. Rose (Eds)  Enhancing the Well-Being of Children and Families through Effective Interventions: Evidence for Practice.  London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. ISBN 1 84310 116 5 
  • Rose, W., Gray, J. and McAuley, C. (2006)  ‘Child Welfare in the UK: Legislation, Policy and Practice’  In C. McAuley, P. Pecora, P and W. Rose (Eds)  Enhancing the Well-Being of Children and Families through Effective Interventions: Evidence for Practice.  London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. ISBN 1 84310 116 5
  • Pecora, P, McAuley, C. and Rose, W. (2006)  ‘Effectiveness of Child Welfare Interventions: Issues and Challenges’ In C. McAuley, P. Pecora, and W. Rose (Eds)  Enhancing the Well-Being of Children and Families through Effective Interventions: Evidence for Practice.  London: Jessica Kingsley  Publishers. ISBN 1 84310 116 5
  • McAuley, C. (2006) ‘Outcomes of Long-Term Foster Care: Young People’s Views’  In D. Iwaniec  Children’s Care Pathways: Stability or Drift?,  Chichester. John Wiley and Sons. ISBN 0 470 011 386
     

EDITED BOOKS

  • McAuley, C. and Rose, W.(Eds) (2010) Child Well-Being; Understanding Children’s Lives.  London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. ISBN (978-1-84310-925-9)
  • McAuley, C., Pecora, P. and Rose, W. (Eds) (2006) Enhancing the Well-Being of Children and Families through Effective Interventions: UK and USA Evidence for Practice.  London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. ISBN 1 84310 116 5
  • McAuley, C. and McColgan, M.(Eds) (1995) The Children (NI) Order 1995: Challenges Ahead  Belfast:  Department of Social Work, Queen’s University. ISBN 0 85389 575 9

 

AUTHORED BOOKS AND PUBLISHED RESEARCH REPORTS

  • McAuley, C and McKeown, C. (2012)  An International Literature Review of Child Protection and Children in Care.  Dublin: Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences/ Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
  • McAuley, C., Davis, T and Mohammed, S.  (2011)  An Evaluation of the Introduction of the Common Assessment Framework and the Lead Professional Role in Hampshire County Council.  Winchester: Hampshire County Council.
  • Davis, T. and  McAuley, C.  (2010)  Making a Difference: An Evaluation of the Impact of the Webster-Stratton Incredible Years Parenting Programme.  Southampton: Child Well-being Research Centre, University of Southampton.
  • McAuley, C. and Cleaver, D. (2007) Improving Service Delivery Through Outcome-Based Accountability.  London: .Improvement and Development Agency for Local Government. IDeA IDT 1805
  • McAuley, C. and Bunting, L. (2006) The Views, Cares and Aspirations of Care Experienced Children and Young People.  Belfast: Voice of Young People in Care. ISBN 0 9553454 1 3
  • McAuley, C. (2005) Pathways and Outcomes: A Ten Year Follow Up of Children who have Experienced Care. Belfast: Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. ISBN 0 85389 882 0
  • McAuley, C., Knapp, M., Beecham, J., McCurry, N. and Sleed, M. (2004) Young Families Under Stress: Outcomes and Costs of Home-Start Support.  York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. ISBN Paperback 1 85935 217 0; PDF 1 85935 218

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

RECENT AND FORTHCOMING CONFERENCE PAPERS

  • McAuley, C. (2013)  ‘Children and Family Perspectives on Poverty’ International Seminar Leader. IAOBERFCS Seminar. Hebrew University,  Jerusalem.
  • McAuley, C. (2013) ‘Children’s Subjective Well-Being:  Measuring and Monitoring as a Global Issue’  International Society of Child Indicators, Soeul, South Korea.  May.
  • McAuley, C., McKeown and Merriman, B. (2012)  Spending Time with Family and Friends: Children’s Views on Relationships and Shared Activities.  Growing Up In Ireland Conference Dublin.
  • McAuley, C. (2012) Residential Services in Ireland: Opportunities and Challenges with the Introduction of the New Child and Family Support Agency. Paper in an International IAOBERFCS Research Symposium on Researching Services for High Resource-Using Youth:  Learning from Cross National Perspectives. EUSARF Conference Glasgow Sept. 2012.
  • McAuley, C. and McKeown, C. (2012)  Learning from the Past and Looking to the Future: Some Critical Reflections on Child Abuse Inquiries in Ireland. British Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Conference, Belfast. April.
  • McAuley, C.  and McKeown, C. (2012) Child Abuse Inquiries in Ireland:  The Challenge of Locating Findings in an International Context.  Second European Conference on Social Work Research, Basel, Switzerland.  March.
  • McAuley, C. (2011)  Children, Families and Well-Being. Seminar Paper. National Centre for Child Protection Seminar,  University of South Australia, Adelaide. 
  • Layte, R. and McAuley, C. (2011) Children’s Well-Being in Vulnerable Families.  Growing Up in Ireland Conference,  Dublin.
  • McAuley, C. (2011) Listening to Children: Research Evidence from the UK and Ireland Invited Plenary Paper for Integrating Evidence-Based Practices in Child and Family Services: Lessons from Different Countries International Conference University of Bolzano, Italy.
  • McAuley, C. (2011)  Child Well-Being: Thinking Nationally and Strategically.  Invited paper for  European Science Foundation Symposium,  University of York. 
  • McAuley, C. (2011) Achieving Better Outcomes for Children and Families Through Research-Informed Practice.  Plenary Paper. CAWT North-South Seminar, Dundalk. 
  • McAuley, C. (2011)  Children at the Centre of Child Protection-A Formal Response to the Inaugural Lecture of Professor Mary McColgan.  University of Ulster at Magee, Derry.
  • McAuley, C. (2011) Child Well-Being: The Importance of Children’s Accounts Paper at the First National Social Work Education Conference.  NUIG/NSWQB.  Galway.
  • McAuley, C. (2010)  Child Well-Being: Children’s Views of Families. Plenary Paper at Mapping Families International Conference, Bielfeld, Germany. 
  • McAuley, C.  (2010)   Looked After Children’s Views of Well-Being: Some Reflections on How They Relate to Those of Children in Different Family Circumstances. Paper at Ninth Looked After Children International Conference, Montreal.
  • McAuley, C. (2010)  The Mental Health of Children in Care: Evidence from England. Plenary Paper delivered at Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches for Assessing Outcomes:  International Perspectives Conference, Florence.
  • McAuley, C.  (2010)   Child and Family Outcomes, Effective Interventions and Child Well-Being:  Reflections on Personal Research Endeavours Over the Past Decade.  Paper delivered at Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches for Assessing Outcomes: Looking Ahead to the Next Ten Years IAOBERFCS Seminar,  Volterra. 
  • McAuley, C. (2010)    Outcomes for Children and Families: What Do We Need to Know? Plenary Paper at Fourth World Social Day Conference, UCD.
  • McAuley, C. (2009) Perspectives of Children in Extraordinary Circumstances Contributing to the Conceptual Development of Child Indicators:  The Case of Children in State Care Enhancing Our Understanding of Child Well-Being.  Paper delivered at Second International Child Indicators Conference, University of Western Sydney.
  • McAuley, C. (2009)  Outcome-Based Evaluation in Children’s Services:: The Challenges of Measuring Improvement Over Time.  Chair of Plenary Session. International Research Symposium of the International Association for Outcome-Based Evaluation and Research in Family and Children’s Services. Oxford (July). 
  • McAuley, C.  (2009)  Child Well-Being and the Challenge of Improving
  • Children’s Lives  Plenary Paper.  Southampton United Hospitals Trust 5th Annual Regional Child Protection/Safeguarding Interdisciplinary Conference, Southampton. (January)
  • McAuley, C. (2008) Emotional Well-Being and Mental Health of Looked After Children in the UK..  Plenary UK Paper at Assessing the Evidence Base of Intervention for Vulnerable Children and Their Families International Conference,  University of Padova, Italy. 
  • McAuley, C. (2007) Issues and Challenges of Identifying and Incorporating Effective Interventions  Plenary Paper. Research in Practice Conference, Birmingham.
  • McAuley, C. (2007) Successfully Obtaining Grants and Surviving Them  Plenary Paper. Research Conference, St Mary’s University College, Belfast.
  • McAuley, C. (2007)  Effective Interventions with Children and Families: What Do We Know? Plenary Paper..  Research in Practice Directors’ Forum Conference Warrington.
  • McAuley, C.  (2007)  Measuring Effectiveness and Evaluating Outcomes for Child and Family Services: Some Reflections on the Challenges in the UK Children’s Issues Research Centre, University of Otago, New Zealand. 
  • McAuley, C. (2007) Pathways and Outcomes-A Ten Year Follow-Up of Young People who Have Experienced Care  Donald Beasley Research Institute, Dunedin, New Zealand.
  • McAuley, C. (2007) Pathways and Outcomes-Results of a Ten Year Follow-Up Study of  Young People in Care  Department of Social Work and Community Development, University of Otago, New Zealand.
  • McAuley, C. (2006) Pathways from Care to Justice  Plenary Paper at Three Nation Conference on Juvenile Justice,  Northern Ireland. 
  • McAuley, C. (2006)  Improving Service Delivery:  Introducing Outcome-Based Accountability  Paper at Outcomes-Based Accountability Conference for Senior Managers in South England.  Hampshire.
  • McAuley, C. (2006)  Improving Service Delivery:  Introducing Outcome-Based Accountability  Paper at Outcomes-Based Accountability Conference for Senior Managers in North West England.  Cheshire.
  • McAuley, C. (2006)  The Views, Experiences and Aspirations of Care Experienced Young People   Voice of Young People in Care Annual AGM, Belfast.
  • McAuley, C. (2006)  Enhancing the Emotional Well-Being and Mental Health of Children who have Experienced Care: Young People’s Views  Plenary Paper. An International Perspective on the Mental Health Needs of Children and Adolescents in Care: Implications for Policy, Practice and Research Conference, Fordham University Law School, Lincoln Centre, New York.
  • McAuley, C. (2006)  A Chance of Love and Stability: Children’s Experiences of Family Life Through Long-Term Foster Care.  Plenary Paper.  XV11 World Congress of the International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates, Belfast.
  • McAuley, C. and Rose, W.  (2006) Evaluating Needs and Outcomes of Social Care Interventions: Illustrations and Reflections from the UK   Tools and Methodologies for Evaluating Needs and Outcomes of Social Interventions  International Seminar,  Zancan Fondazione, Malosco, Italy. 
  • McAuley, C. (2005)  Long-Term Foster Care: Positive Outcomes  Plenary Paper at Social Care Institute of Excellence Conference, Hilton Hotel, Belfast.
  • McAuley, C. (2005)   Foster Care Outcomes: Young People’s Views Northern Ireland Guardian Ad Litem Agency/ Fostering Network Conference. 
  • McAuley, C. (2005)  Pathways and Outcomes: A Ten Year Follow-Up Study Of Children Who Have Experienced Care Plenary Paper at Offical Launch of Report by Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland. Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
  • McAuley, C. (2005)  Foster Care Outcomes-What do Young People Think? Plenary Paper.  Northern Ireland Guardian Ad Litem Agency  Seminar, Belfast. 
  • McAuley, C. (2005)  Consulting Children on their Experience of  Care Plenary Paper. Making Connections Conference, Dundee University.
  • McAuley, C. (2004) Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods: Opportunities and Challenges Plenary Paper. ESRC Third JUC/SWEC Postgraduate Research Conference, Queen’s University, Belfast.

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