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Dr Rick Hood

Associate Professor

About

I lead on research in the department with responsibility for undertaking applied research in the field of social work and social care, developing proposals and applications for external funding, supervising doctoral students, and supporting research and scholarship within the team. My main research interests lie in the application of systems ideas to social care, and particularly to services for children and families. I am interested in complexity theory and my book, Complexity in Social Work, was published by Sage in 2018. I am currently leading on a two-year Nuffield-funded study exploring the link between system conditions and welfare inequalities in children's social care. Other research projects are looking at how social workers use outcome measures in child protection work, and how managers using the Vanguard Method can study work systems in people-centred services.

I am a registered social worker with over 10 years' experience of statutory social work, mainly in child protection and with looked after children. I teach across a range of modules in pre- and post-qualifying courses, including human development, applied social work practice, and social pedagogy. I jointly run an accredited short course on applying the Vanguard Method to people centred services, in partnership with Vanguard Consulting.

I think that research, teaching and scholarship can make a difference to people's lives. The difference I would like to make is to promote systems thinking in social care policy, management and practice, so that our services can shed their bureaucratic constraints and harness the potential offered by human relationships and capabilities.

Areas of specialism

  • Children protection and child safeguarding
  • Child and family social work
  • Applications of complexity theory
  • Interprofessional working

Qualifications

  • PgCert, Professional Education and Training, Kingston University and St Georges, University of London
  • PhD, 'Complexity and Interprofessional Working in Children's Services', Royal Holloway, University of London
  • MSc, Social Work, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • BA(Hons), German and Spanish, Jesus College, University of Cambridge

Research

Grants and Projects

2018 - 2020

Nuffield Foundation, £263,652, Identifying and understanding the link between system conditions and welfare inequalities in statutory children's social care services (PI)

2017 - 2018

Home Office/London Borough of Merton, £10,000. Evaluation of Merton Serious Organised Crime initiative (Co-I)

2016 - 2017

Kingston University and St Georges, University of London, KU First Grant, £10,000. Practitioner-service user relationships in social work (PI)

2015 - 2017

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada, $75,000. Building Capacity to Investigate Interprofessional Child Welfare Expertise. (Co-I)

2015 - 2015

Kingston University and St Georges, University of London, FHSE Faculty Grant, £20,000. An exploration of performance indicators in statutory children's services. (PI)

2014 - 2015

Islington Borough Council, £5,000. Evaluation of Caring Dads (PI)

2014 - 2015

Kingston University and St Georges, University of London, FHSE Small Grant, £4,000. Interprofessional expertise in child safeguarding. (PI)

2013 - 2015

London Probation Trust, £20,000, Evaluation of the Caring Dads programme, £20,000 (Co-I)

2009 - 2012

Southwest London Academic Network (SWAN), £63,000. Funded doctoral research, Complexity and interprofessional working in children's services (PI).

2010 - 2011

Southwest London Academic Health and Social Care Network (AHSN), £10,000. The definition and deployment of differential core professional competencies and characteristics in multiprofessional health and social care teams. (Co-I).

Publications

Number of items: 41.

Article

Hood, Rick (2019) Demand management is making problems worse for local authorities under pressure. Community Care,

Hood, Rick, Goldacre, Allie, Gorin, Sarah and Bywaters, Paul (2019) Screen, ration and churn : demand management and the crisis in children's social care. The British Journal of Social Work, ISSN (print) 0045-3102 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Hood, Rick (2019) What to measure in child protection? The British Journal of Social Work, 49(2), pp. 466-484. ISSN (print) 0045-3102

Hood, Rick, Brent, Maria, Abbott, Simon and Sartori, Daniele (2018) An exploration of practitioner-service user relationships in social work. The British Journal of Social Work, ISSN (print) 0045-3102 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Hood, Rick, Nilsson, David and Habibi, Ruth (2018) An analysis of Ofsted inspection reports for children's social care services in England. Child & Family Social Work, ISSN (print) 1356-7500 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Hood, Rick, Gorin, Sarah and Goldacre, Alexander (2018) Why are children treated unequally by social care services? Community Care,

Hood, Rick (2017) [Book Review of] Blinded by Science: The Social Implications of Epigenetics and Neuroscience, David Wastell and Susan White. The British Journal of Social Work, 47(6), pp. 1824-1826. ISSN (print) 0045-3102

Grant, Robert L. and Hood, Rick (2017) Complex systems, explanation and policy : implications of the crisis of replication for public health research. Critical Public Health, 27(5), pp. 525-532. ISSN (print) 0958-1596

Hood, Rick, Price, Jayne, Sartori, Daniele, Maisey, Daryl, Johnson, Jessica and Clark, Zoe (2017) Collaborating across the threshold : the development of interprofessional expertise in child safeguarding. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 31(6), pp. 705-713. ISSN (print) 1356-1820

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

Hood, Rick (2016) How deprivation affects the way social work referrals are handled. Community Care,

Hood, Rick (2016) Child protection interventions are on the rise – and the trend shows no sign of slowing. 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

Hood, Rick (2016) How professionals talk about complex cases: a critical discourse analysis. Child and Family Social Work, 21(2), pp. 125-135. ISSN (print) 1356-7500

Hood, Rick (2016) Be careful what you measure in child protection because it influences practice. Community Care,

Hood, Rick (2016) Combining phenomenological and critical methodologies in qualitative research. Qualitative Social Work, 15(2), pp. 160-174. ISSN (print) 1473-3250

Hood, Rick, Gillespie, Judy and Davies, Jonathon (2016) A conceptual review of interprofessional expertise in child safeguarding. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 30(4), pp. 493-498. ISSN (print) 1356-1820

Hood, Rick (2015) A socio-technical critique of tiered services: implications for interprofessional care. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 29(1), pp. 8-12. ISSN (print) 1356-1820

Hood, Rick (2015) How professionals experience complexity : an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Child Abuse Review, 24(2), pp. 140-152. ISSN (print) 0952-9136

Hood, Rick (2014) Complexity and integrated working in children's services. British Journal of Social Work, 44(1), pp. 27-43. ISSN (print) 0045-3102

Norrie, Caroline, Weinstein, Jenny, Jones, Ray, Hood, Rick and Bhanbro, Sadiq (2014) Early experiences in extending personal budgets in one local authority. Working with Older People, 18(4), pp. 176-185. ISSN (print) 1366-3666

Jones, Ray, Bhanbhro, Sadiq M, Grant, Robert and Hood, Rick (2013) The definition and deployment of differential core professional competencies and characteristics in multiprofessional health and social care teams. Health & Social Care In The Community, 21(1), pp. 47-58. ISSN (print) 0966-0410

Hood, Rick (2012) A critical realist model of complexity for interprofessional working. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 26(1), pp. 6-12. ISSN (print) 1356-1820

Book

Hood, Rick (2018) Complexity in social work. London, U.K. : Sage. 240p. ISBN 9781473993815

Book Section

Ghate, Deborah and Hood, Rick (2019) Using evidence in social care. In: Boaz, Annette , Davies, Huw , Fraser, Alec and Nutley, Sandra, (eds.) What works now? : evidence-informed policy and practice. Bristol, U.K. : Policy Press. pp. 89-109. ISBN 9781447345480

Hood, Rick (2016) Assessment for social work practice. In: Davies, Keith and Jones, Ray, (eds.) Skills for social work practice. London, U.K. : Palgrave. pp. 82-104. ISBN 9781137390264

Hood, Rick (2015) Prevention and protection: the development of safeguarding in children’s services. In: Evans, Tony and Keating, Frank, (eds.) Policy and Social Work Practice. London, U.K. : Sage. pp. 48-65. ISBN 9781848606982

Conference or Workshop Item

Hood, Rick (2019) Managing demand for children's social care. In: European Social Work Research Conference 2019; 10-12 Apr 2019, Leuven, Belgium. (Unpublished)

Hood, Rick (2018) Identifying and understanding the link between system conditions and welfare inequalities in statutory children's social care services. In: Social Work Seminar Series; 05 Dec 2018, Edinburgh, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Hood, Rick (2018) Regulation, risk and blame culture in social work. In: 8th European Conference for Social Work Research : Social Work in Transition : Challenges for Social Work Research in a Changing Local and Global World; 19-21 Apr 2018, Edinburgh, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Hood, Rick (2017) An analysis of performance and inspection in English child protection services. In: 7th European Conference for Social Work Research; 19-21 Apr 2017, Aalborg, Denmark. (Unpublished)

Hood, Rick (2017) Measuring outcomes and performance in child protection services. In: Contemporary Issues and Debates in Social Work Education, Research and Practice; 14 Feb 2017, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Hood, Rick (2016) Inspection and the measurement of services. In: Community Care Live Birmingham 2016; 10-11 May 2016, Birmingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Hood, Rick and Goldacre, Allie (2015) Exploring performance measures in child protection. In: School of Social Work Annual Conference: Great Thinkers, Great Ideas, Great Impact; 23 Apr 2015, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Hood, Rick (2012) How professionals experience complexity and joint working in child protection. In: 8th Congress: Keeping Children Safe in an Uncertain World: Learning from Evidence and Practice; 15-18 Apr 2012, Belfast, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Hood, Rick (2011) Outcomes, indicators and professional work in integrated children’s services. In: 3rd Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators: Children's Well-Being: The Research & Policy Challenges; 27-29 Jul 2011, York, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Hood, Rick (2011) The tail and the dog : the role of research in developing integrated children's services. In: European Conference for Social Work Research; 23 - 25 Mar 2011, Oxford, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Monograph

Brady, Dermot, Watson, Susan and Hood, Rick (2018) Prevent SOC pilot evaluation report. (Project Report) Kingston Upon Thames : Kingston University and St Georges, University of London. (Unpublished)

Hood, Rick, Lindsay, Jane and Muleya, Wilson (2015) Caring Dads: multi-site evaluation in London 2013-2015: final report. (Project Report) Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St George's, University of London. 107 p. (Unpublished)

Hood, Rick, Lindsay, Jane and Muleya, Wilson (2014) Evaluation of Caring Dads: a single site evaluation in an urban local authority: interim report. (Project Report) Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St George's, University of London. 60 p. (Unpublished)

Weinstein, Jenny, Ellison, Sarah, Hood, Rick and Jones, Ray (2012) Evaluating the experience of older people and people with mental health issues of being assessed for and receiving a personal budget in Wandsworth. (Project Report) London, U.K. : Wandsworth Local Involvement Network. 59 p.

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