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.