Professor Jonathan Scourfield DipSW PhD

Professor Jonathan Scourfield

DipSW PhD

Professor

School of Social Sciences

Email:
scourfield@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0) 29 2087 5402
Fax:
+44 (0)29 2087 4175
Location:
Room 2.30, Glamorgan Building
Welsh speaking
Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision

I am Professor of Social Work and part-time specialist policy adviser for social care in the Welsh Government.

I am currently Deputy Director of the Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE) and Deputy Director of the research partner for the What Works Centre for Children's Social Care.

Before becoming an academic I worked as a teacher in a comprehensive school, a group worker in a therapeutic community for former drug users and a probation officer. I have worked at Cardiff University since 1996. I have learned Welsh as an adult.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Registered social worker (Social Care Wales)
  • Member of British Associaiton of Social Workers
  • Member of the Association of Professors of Social Work
  • Member of European Social Work Research Association
  • Member of (US) Society for Social Work and Research
  • Member of British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Academic positions

Lecturer, Senior lecturer and then Reader in Cardiff School of Social Sciences

Speaking engagements

  • Society for Social Work and Research conference, New Orleans (2017)
  • European Social Work Research Association conference, Edinburgh (2018)

Committees and reviewing

  • Senior member of ESRC Peer Review College
  • Past member of commissioning panels for AHRC and ESRC research programmes
  • Grant reviewer for Nuffield Foundation and research councils in Canada and Republic of Ireland
  • Past member of ESRC recognition panel for doctoral training in social work
  • Chair of the Health and Care Research Wales social care grants panel
  • Reviewer for 30+ journals in social work, sociology and suicide research

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  • Understanding Evidence for Social Work Practice (MA Social Work)
  • Social Work Research in Action (Doctor of Social Work)

My research has covered many aspects of social work including child and family services, work with men, social work education and research capacity-building. I have also studied the social context of suicide and self-harm and aspects of children's identities.

I am interested in doctoral supervision the topics listed on the 'research' tab and on the effectiveness of social work in any field. In addition to the students listed I also supervise Lee Sobo-Allen, senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, Alison Davies, manager of Hillside Secure Children's Home and Femi David, a social worker in children's services.

Current supervision

Alexandra Vickery

Research student

Wahida Kent

Research student

Rachel Parker

Research student

Past projects

  • Hannah Burgon - equine-assisted therapy
  • Dan Burrows - ethnography of hospital social work
  • Cynthia Charnley - people with learning disability as volunteers
  • Charalambos Dionatos - national identity of Greek primary school children
  • Jeremy Dixon - supervision of mentally disordered offenders
  • Martin Elliott - variation in rates of looked-after children
  • Rhiannon Evans - a school-based social and emotional learning programme
  • Stephen Gethin-Jones - outcome-based social care for older people
  • Nina Jacob - people bereaved by suicide in young men
  • Colette Limbrick - discourse around murder-suicide
  • Lee Quinney - men with personality disorder
  • Tom Slater- social work role in suicide prevention
  • Andrew Smith - probation supervision of sex offenders
  • Roz Warden - Islamic social work