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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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Overview

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.

Qualifications

Year gained Subject
2002 AcSS
2002 RSW
1992 FRSA
1984 FCMI
1983 PhD
1981 MSc
1972 CSQW
1972 BSc

Career Highlights

Year Position held
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

Research

Research

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) The conundrum of neglect. Professional Social Work, April, pp. 22-23. ISSN (print) 1352-3112

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

Jones, Ray (2016) Damning inspections will continue to lead to a continuing demand for locum workers. Locum Today

Books

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

Book Section

Jones, Ray (2016) Writing skills for social workers. In: Davies, Keith and Jones, Ray, (eds.) Skills for social work practice. London, Palgrave. pp. 23-39. ISBN 9781137390264

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, 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.

 

Professional Body Membership

Registered social worker, Health and Care Professions Council

Member, British Association of Social Workers

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Management

Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences

 

Key Industry Roles

Ray's most recent collaborations and contributions 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-continuing).
  • Independent chair of Bristol's Safeguarding Children Board (2009-2013).
  • Overseeing child protection improvement for Salford, Torbay, the Isle of Wight, Sandwell and Devon (2011-2016).
  • Chair of Social Worker of the Year Awards Ltd (2014-continuing)

 

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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