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Dr Ray Jones

Emeritus Professor of Social Work at the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George's, University of London

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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.




Year gained Subject
- AcSS
- PhD
- MSc
- BSc

Career Highlights

Year Position held
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) The mantra will be that publicly run children's services are failing and here comes the private sector cavalry.12Community Care,

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 (2012) Charting our own course.20Professional Social Work, pp. 24-25. ISSN (print) 1352-3112

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) Social work and the three Rs.25Social Work Matters, pp. 20-21.

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 (2012) The leadership journey.27The International Journal of Leadership in Public Services, 8(2), pp. 77-82. ISSN (print) 1754-8187

Jones, Ray10 (2011) Successful fostering needs support.28Society Guardian, p. 9.

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 (2005) A sea change in the teacup!39Journal of integrated care, 13(4), pp. 2-5. ISSN (print) 1476-9018

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 (2003) Delayering decisions.42ADSS Inform, 12(2), pp. 24-26.

Jones, Ray10, Keep, John and Wates, Michelle (2003) Disabled Parents: The Social Context of Impairment.43ADSS Inform, 12(1), pp. 16-17.

Jones, Ray10 (2000) A question of trust: creating care trusts.44Health Service Journal, pp. 28-29. ISSN (print) 0952-2271

Jones, Ray10 and Welch, Bob (2000) A two way process.45Community Care, pp. 26-27.

Jones, Ray10 (1998) Seize the Day.46Community Care, pp. 18-19. ISSN (print) 0307-5508

Jones, Ray10 (1996) Decision making in child protection.47The British Journal of Social Work, 26(4), pp. 509-522. ISSN (print) 0045-3102

Jones, Ray10 (1996) A pathway through the disabilities maze.48ADSS News, 5(5), p. 12.

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 (1983) Living and working on the patch.50Community Development Journal, 18(1), pp. 10-19. ISSN (print) 0010-3802

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 and Kerslake, Andrew (1979) Intermediate Treatment and Social Work.58 Heinemann. 122p. ISBN 9780435824839


Book Section

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

Jones, Ray10 (2013) Working with the media.61In: Parker, Jonathan and Doel, Mark, (eds.) Professional social work. London, U.K. : Learning Matters. pp. 171-187. ISBN 9781446260135

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 (2010) Protecting children: looking forward.63In: Waterman, Chris, (ed.) Take heed Mr Gove. Prestwood, U.K. : Inklink Ltd. pp. 29-33. ISBN 9780956670915

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


Media Highlights

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.

Professional Body Membership

Registered social worker, Health and Care Professions Council.

Major Research Collaborations


Major Recent Professional Roles and Collaborations

Ray's most recent collaborations include:

  • Member of Leonard Cheshire's National Operations Committee (2006- 2010).
  • Leading an inquiry following the killing of a man with a learning disability (2006).
  • Serving as an expert witness and advisor to the police investigating an unlawful killing of a man with severe and multiple impairments (2008).
  • Working with the Russian-European Trust for Welfare Reform with senior policy makers and social services directors across Russia on developing services for older people in rural areas (2006-2011).
  • Independent chair of Bristol's Safeguarding Children Board (2009 - 2013).
  • Independent chair of Salford's Safeguarding Children Improvement Board (2010- 2012)
  • Independent chair of Torbay's Safeguarding Children Improvement Board (2011 - 2013).
  • Currently overseeing child protection improvement for the Isle of Wight, Sandwell and Devon.


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