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 emeritus professor, and from 2008 until 2016 was professor, of social work at Kingston University and St George's, University of London.
He 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 deputy chair and chair of the British Association of Social Workers. He has been an adviser to numerous government policy and research committees and both a visiting professor and honorary fellow at several UK universities.
From 2009 until 2013 he was the independent chair of Bristol's Safeguarding Children Board. From 2010 until 2016 he oversaw child protection improvements in five different areas of England. He has led and undertaken a number of inquiries into the deaths of children and vulnerable adults.
He has been a board member, and chair, of several social welfare and international development charities, and is currently chair and a trustee of the Social Work of the Year 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, serious case reviews, and children's social services data sets. 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 2014, with an updated and extended second edition published in 2017.
Ray is a frequent and accomplished commentator for television, radio and the print press and is in regular demand as a columnist on issues relating to child protection, the care of vulnerable people, social work and social services.
|2008-2016||Professor of Social Work, Kingston University and St George's, University of London|
|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.
More 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 characteristics 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).
Serious Case Reviews: What Helps and What hinders Learning (funded by the Department for Education))
Trends and Correlations in England's Children's Social Services Data Sets.
Selected articles and papers
Jones, Ray (2016) Justine Greening should withdraw the disastrous children and social work bill. Guardian Professional Social Care Network
Jones, Ray (2016) The NAO's analysis of child protection misses the bigger picture. Community Care
Jones, Ray (2016) Outsourcing children's services is not a quick fix. Guardian Professional Social Care Network
Jones, Ray (2016) Munby is right - the care system is facing a crisis. Here's why... Community Care
Jones, Ray (2016) Giving power over social work to a cuts-obsessed government is a mistake. Guardian Professional Social Care Network
Jones, Ray (2016) Six reasons to rethink moves to strip councils of children's services. Community Care
Jones, Ray (2016) I'm wary of Le Grand's brave new world of 'turmoil'. Professional Social Work, Sep, p. 11. ISSN (print) 1352-3112
Hood, Rick, Grant, Robert, Jones, Ray and Goldacre, Allie (2016) A study of performance indicators and Ofsted ratings in English child protection services. Children and Youth Services Review, 67, pp. 50-56. ISSN (print) 0190-7409
Jones, Ray (2016) We must fight this shock therapy approach to social work reform. Community Care
Jones, Ray (2016) Why plans for government control of social work are dangerous. Community Care
Hood, Rick, Goldacre, Allie, Grant, Robert and Jones, Ray (2016) Exploring demand and provision in English child protection services. British Journal of Social Work, 46(4), pp. 923-941. ISSN (print) 0045-3102
Jones, Ray (2016) The government's new legislation will strip social workers of our independence. Community Care
Jones, Ray (2016) Children's social services also face forced 'academisation'. Guardian Professional Social Care Network
Jones, Ray (2016) Ray Jones on the academisation of children's social work. WillisPalmer News
Davies, Keith and Jones, Ray, eds. (2016) Skills for social work practice. London, Palgrave. 229p. ISBN 9781137390264
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 (1982) From resident to community worker: A longitudinal case study of an indigenous neighbourhood worker. Norwich, University of East Anglia in association with Social Work Today. 66 p. (Social Work Monographs, no. 10)
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, including within international media. 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 Saville disclosures. He has also been interviewed extensively about the abuse of disabled adults at Winterbourne View and on 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
Member, British Association of Social Workers
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Management
Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences
Ray's most recent collaborations and contributions include:
Ray's most recent collaborations include: