Emeritus Professor of Social Work at the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George's, University of London
Dr Ray Jones is a registered social worker with more than 40 years' practice and management experience in residential care and community social work within local authorities and a major national childcare organisation. From 1992 to 2006 he was Director of Social Services, and then Director of Adult and Community Services, for Wiltshire County Council.
Ray was the first chief executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence and has served as chair of the British Association of Social Workers. He has been an advisor to numerous government policy and research committees and both a visiting professor and honorary fellow at several UK universities. He is currently overseeing child protection improvements in several parts of England.
He has led and undertaken a number of inquiries into the deaths of children and vulnerable adults and has previously chaired three local authority safeguarding children's boards. He is currently chair and trustee of the Social Work Awards, which recognise the achievements and contributions of social workers in England.
Ray has undertaken research on adolescents and social work, neighbourhood work, child protection decision making, direct payments for disabled people, troubled families, health and social care teams, and serious case reviews. He is the author of six books and more than 100 published papers, with his most recent book, 'The story of Baby P: Setting the record straight', published in July 2014.
Ray is an accomplished media commentator and in regular demand as a columnist, having carried out numerous press interviews on issues relating to child protection and care of vulnerable people.
|2001 - 2002||Chief executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence|
|1992 - 2006||Director of Social Services, Wiltshire.|
Past research has included studies of adolescents and social work; decision-making in child protection; and neighbourhood work with young people.
Recent studies have included:
An evaluation of a pilot national training programme for GPs about carers (funded by the Department of Health)
How different professional competencies and characteristis are identified and deployed in multi-professional health and social care teams (funded by the Academic Health and Social Care Network)
The experiences of mental health and older people service users of personal budgets (funded by Wandsworth LINK)
A history of the personal social services (funded by the Nuffield Foundation)
The views of families and other agencies of a family intervention programme with troubled families (funded by Wandsworth Council.
Selected articles and papers
Jones, Ray10 (2014) U-turn on children's services privatisation hides underlying problems.11Guardian Professional Social Care Network,
Jones, Ray10 (2014) How can inadequate child protection services be improved?13Guardian Professional Social Care Network,
Jones, Ray10 (2014) What are the causes of inadequate child protection services?14Guardian Professional Social Care Network,
Jones, Ray10 (2014) The best of times, the worst of times: social work and its moment.15British Journal of Social Work, 44(3), pp. 485-502. ISSN (print) 0045-3102
Jones, Ray10, Bhanbhro, Sadiq M, Grant, Robert16 and Hood, Rick17 (2013) The definition and deployment of differential core professional competencies and characteristics in multiprofessional health and social care teams.18Health & Social Care In The Community, 21(1), pp. 47-58. ISSN (print) 0966-0410
Jones, Ray10 (2012) Book Review of: 'Commissioning for health and well-being: an introduction' by Jon Glasby (ed.).19The British Journal of Social Work, 42(4), pp. 794-796. ISSN (print) 0045-3102
Jones, Ray10, Mackenzie, Ann, Greenwood, Nan21, Atkins, Christine22 and Habibi, Ruth23 (2012) General practitioners, primary care and support for carers in England: can training make a difference?24Health & Social Care In The Community, 20(2), pp. 128-136. ISSN (print) 0966-0410
Jones, Ray10 (2012) Child protection, social work and the media: doing as well as being done to.26Research, Policy and Planning, 29(2), pp. 83-94. ISSN (print) 0264-519X
Jones, Ray10 (2011) Book review of: 'Social care management, strategy and business planning' by Hafford-Letchfield, T.29Health and Social Care in the Community, 19(3), p. 336. ISSN (print) 0966-0410
Jones, Ray10 (2011) History and hindrance: the impact of change and churn on integrating health and social care.30Research, Policy and Planning, 28(3), pp. 199-206. ISSN (print) 0264-519X
Greenwood, Nan21, Mackenzie, Ann, Habibi, Ruth23, Atkins, Christine22 and Jones, Ray10 (2010) General practitioners and carers: a questionnaire survey of attitudes, awareness of issues, barriers and enablers to provision of services.31BMC Family Practice, 11(100), ISSN (online) 1471-2296
Jones, Ray10 (2010) A 'liberated' NHS: intentions, impact and implications for local government.32Journal of Integrated Care, 18(6), pp. 35-40. ISSN (print) 1476-9018
Jones, Ray10 (2010) Book Review of: leadership in social care by Zoe van Zwanenberg (ed.).33The British Journal of Social Work, 40(6), pp. 2014-2015. ISSN (print) 0045-3102
Jones, Ray10 (2010) Managing at a distance in social work and social care.34Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 14(1), pp. 59-75. ISSN (print) 0953-5225
Jones, Ray10 (2010) Anticipating and capitalising on change: the General Election and health and social care partnerships.35Journal of Integrated Care, 18(1), pp. 20-26. ISSN (print) 1476-9018
Jones, Ray10 (2009) Children's acts 1948-2008: the drivers for legislative change in England over 60 years.36Journal of Children's Services, 4(4), pp. 39-52. ISSN (print) 1746-6660
Jones, Ray10 (2008) Self-directed support: watching out for the pitfalls.37Journal of Integrated Care, 16(1), pp. 44-47. ISSN (print) 1476-9018
Jones, Ray10 (2007) A journey through the years: ageing and social care.38Ageing horizons, 6, pp. 42-51. ISSN (print) 1746-1073
Jones, Ray10 (2004) Bringing health and social care together for older people: Wiltshire's journey from independence to interdependence to integration.40Journal of Integrated Care, 12(1), pp. 27-32. ISSN (print) 1476-9018
Evans, Claire and Jones, Ray10 (2004) Engagement and empowerment, research and relevance: comments on user controlled research.41Research Policy and Planning, 22(2), pp. 5-13. ISSN (print) 0264-519X
Jones, Ray10, Keep, John and Wates, Michelle (2003) Disabled Parents: The Social Context of Impairment.43ADSS Inform, 12(1), pp. 16-17.
Jones, Ray10 (1995) Spanning the divide: joint commissioning health and social services.49Community Care Management and Planning, 3(4), pp. 112-122. ISSN (print) 1476-9018
Jones, Ray10 (1981) Adolescents in care and their social workers: a research note.51The British Journal of Social Work, 11(1), pp. 217-222. ISSN (print) 0045-3102
Jones, Ray10 (1981) Intermediate treatment: research and social policy.52Journal of Adolescence, 4(4), pp. 339-352. ISSN (print) 0140-1971
Jones, Ray10 (1980) The preventative and the penal: a comment on two models of intermediate treatment.53Journal of Adolescence, 3(4), pp. 307-320. ISSN (print) 0140-1971
Jones, Ray10 (1978) Intermediate treatment and adolescents' perceptions of social workers.54The British Journal of Social Work, 8(4), pp. 425-438. ISSN (print) 0045-3102
Jones, Ray (2014) Baby P: setting the record straight. Policy Press, 352p. ISBN 9781447316220
Jones, Ray10 (1987) Like distant relatives: adolescents' perceptions of social work and social workers.55 Hants, U.K. : Gower. 304p. ISBN 9780566053238
Jones, Ray and Pritchard , Colin, eds. (1980) Social Work with Adolescents.56 London, U.K. : Routledge and Kegan Paul. 249p. (Library of Social Work) ISBN 0710006330
Jones, Ray10 (1979) Fun and Therapy: Consumer and Social Worker Perceptions of Intermediate Treatment (IT papers).57 National Youth Bureau. 44p. ISBN 9780861550142
Jones, Ray10 (2014) Child protection: 40 years of learning but where next?59In: Blyth, Maggie, (ed.) Moving on from Munro: improving children's services. Bristol, U.K. : Policy Press. pp. 27-55. ISBN 9781447315667
Jones, Ray10 (2013) Managing at a distance in social work and social care.60In: Hafford-Letchfield, Trish and Lawler, John, (eds.) Perspectives on management and leadership in social work. London, U.K. : Whiting & Birch. pp. 84-104. ISBN 9781861770882
Evans, Clare and Jones, Ray10 (2012) Changing patterns of service user involvement, 1990-2010.62In: Barnes, Marian and Cotterell, Phil, (eds.) Critical Perspectives on User Involvement. Bristol, U.K. : The Policy Press. pp. 89-99. ISBN 9781847427502
Jones, Ray10 (2008) Social work and management.64In: Barnard, Adam , Horner, Nigel and Wild, Jim, (eds.) The value base of social work and social care: an active learning handbook. Hardcover. Maidenhead, UK : Open University Press. pp. 145-164. ISBN 9780335222155
Evans, Clare and Jones, Ray10 (2005) Really making it happen in Wiltshire: the experience of service users evaluating social care.65In: Lowes, Lesley and Hulatt, Ian, (eds.) Involving service users in health and social care research. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 132-139. ISBN 0415346479
Jones, Ray10 (1997) Realising the potential.66In: Iles, Valerie and Meads, Geoff, (eds.) Health and Social Services in Primary Care: An Effective Combination? London, U.K. : Financial Times Health Care. pp. 9-13. ISBN 044305911x
Jones, Ray10 (1996) Swimming together: the tidal change for statutory agencies and the voluntary sector.67In: Hanvey, Chris and Philpott, Terry, (eds.) Sweet charity: the role and workings of voluntary organisations. London, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 39-57. ISBN 0415138000
Jones, Ray10 (1995) Disability, discrmination and local authority social services 1: the social services context.68In: Zarb, Gerry, (ed.) Removing disabling barriers. London, U.K. : Policy Studies Institute. pp. 108-115. ISBN 9780853746676
Jones, Ray10 (1983) Justice, social work and statutory supervision.69In: Morris, Allison and Filler, Henri, (eds.) Providing criminal justice for children. London, U.K. : Edward Arnold. pp. 89-108. ISBN 9780713163971
Ray is an accomplished media commentator and has been interviewed extensively by the national press, both print and broadcast. He is also frequently asked to provide background briefings for journalists. Coverage highlights include numerous appearances on Sky News, BBC News, ITN and Channel 4 News as well as national and regional radio discussing significant child protection issues, including the tragic case of Baby P, the assaults by two brothers in Edlington, the sexual abuse of girls in Rochdale and elsewhere and the Savile disclosures. He has also been interviewed extensively about the abuse of disabled adults at Winterbourne View and the impact of cuts on vulnerable children and families, disabled adults and older people.
Ray is regularly invited to write for a range of specialist publications and is a frequent contributor to the Guardian newspaper's Society section.
Registered social worker, Health and Care Professions Council.
Ray's most recent collaborations include: