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Dr Alyson Rees PhD, CQSW

Dr Alyson Rees



School of Social Sciences

+44(0) 29 2087 5261
2.05, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA

I am a Reader in School of Social Sciences. I am a Social Work lecturer and researcher. My interests are in child and family social work, particularly fostering, adoption, domestic abuse, women in prison and child neglect.

I am an assistant director  of CASCADE Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre.

I teach on the MA in Social Work and convene the post qualifying Enabling Practice module. I am a tutor on the MA in Social Work.

I am an external examiner for MSc in Social Work at Bristol University.

I  manage the Erasmus programme for the Social Work MA.

I am a registered Social Worker with Social Care  Wales.


I welcome PhD applications to work on topics related to social work, especially:

  • Foster care
  • The ethic of care
  • Adoption
  • Domestic abuse
  • Working with male perpetrators
  • Child neglect
  • Gender

Committees and reviewing

I  sit on the School of Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee.

I sit on the Care Council for Wales

I also sit in the Workforce Development Committee of the Care Council for Wales

I sit on the board of UCAN, a local organisation working with visually impaired children and young people.

I sit on the JSWEC International committee














I teach on the MA in Social Work, teaching 'Introduction to Social Work Practice', 'Introduction to Children, Youth and Families', 'Gender' and 'Domestic Abuse'. I convene and teach on the post qualifying module 'Enabling Practice' for practice assessors. I am responsible for Practice Liaison and chair the MA in Social Work Practice Assessment Panels.

I currently supervise a number of MA, Professional Doctorate and PhD students and I am currently supervising projects relating to Adoption,  Foster Care, Child Neglect, Domestic Abuse and Family Care.

I have been involved in research in a  range of areas relating to children, young people and  families. I have undertaken projects involving foster care, child neglect, domestic abuse, women in prison, video interactive guidance, complex families and wheel chair users. Currently I am involved in a research project for Integrated Family Support and Domestic Abuse. I have experience of  range of research methods including qualitative and participatory methods.

I am assistant director of CASCADE Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre.

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