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Prof Roger Smith, BA (Kent); MA (Warwick); MPhil, PhD (Leicester)

Professor of Social Work (Director of Master of Social Work) in the Department of Sociology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41503
Room number: 30 Old Elvet: Room 203

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Biography

Following my first degree in Sociology, I went on to practice and then qualify as a social worker in 1980.  I worked as a Probation Officer, specialising in diversion with young offenders until 1988, when I went on to take up a policy role with The Children’s Society.  At the same time, I completed further postgraduate study, gaining my MPhil (on juvenile diversion) in 1989 and my PhD (on values and practice in child care) in 1995.

I moved to the University of Leicester in 2000, leading the social work qualifying masters programme there.  In 2006, I joined De Montfort University as Professor of Social Work Research, before coming to Durham University in 2012.

As a practitioner, educator and researcher, my primary area of interest has been young people and crime, on which I have published widely. I have also developed an interest in research methods in social work, particularly participatory approaches; the sociology of childhood; social work theory (notably around the subject of ‘power’); interprofessional learning; and working with people with learning difficulties.

Current areas of interest include:

a)      Participatory models of practice in youth justice

b)      Models of evaluation in interprofessional education

c)       Power, networks and their implications for social work

d)      Innovations in social work education

I have supervised a variety of Phd projects, including studies of children’s residential care, travellers and the care system, child care in Qatar, post adoption contact and decision-making in children’s services. I would welcome Phd proposals in any of my areas of interest, and in social work with children and young people more broadly.

Research Projects

Department of Sociology

Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Smith, Roger (Accepted). Social work as policy innovator: challenges and possibilities in the UK. In Klammer, Ute, Leiber, Simone & Leitner, Sigrid
  • Smith, Roger (2016). Acting as a Critical Friend: Developmental Evaluations, Service Users and the Role of the Researcher. In Innovations in Social Work Research: Using Methods Creatively. Hardwick, Louise, Smith, Roger & Worsley, Aidan London Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley. 124-137.
  • Smith, Roger (2015). Troubled, Troubling or Troublesome? Troubled Families and the Changing Shape of Youth Justice. In The Management of Change in Criminal Justice. Wasink, Martin & Santatzoglou, Sotirios New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 49-63.
  • Smith, Roger (2014). Social Work Research in the UK: Staking Our Claim. In Social Work Research Across Europe: Methodological Positions and Research Practice. Hämäläinen, Juha, Littlechild, Brian & Špiláčková, Marie ERIS (European Research Institute for Social Work). II: 119-136.
  • Smith, R. (2013). Professionalism and practice-focused research. In Professional Social Work. Parker, J. & Doel, M. Sage/Learning Matters. 116-131.
  • Smith, R. (2012). Der einzige Weg zum Spiel? Sozialarbeit der Markt unddie Gesellschaft'. Trends in der Sozialarbeit Grossbritaniens. In Produktionsbedingungen Sozialer Arbeit in Europa. Dahme, H-J., & Wohlfahrt, N. Schneider Verlag Hohengehren. 33-50.
  • Smith, R. (2012). Why participatory research? Exploring principles and practice. In Involving Children and Young People in Health and Social Care Research. Fleming, J. & Boeck, T. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 28-37.
  • Smith, R. & Littlechild, B. (2011). Social work with young offenders. In Social Work: An introduction to contemporary practice. Wilson, K., Ruch G., Lymbery, M. & Cooper, A. Pearson Longman. 535-565.
  • Smith, R. (2010). Childhood, Culture and Social Work. In Travail Social à l’Epreuve des Coopération Ouvertes et des Coopérations Fermées: Enjeu Capital pour le Développement Humain. Hicham, K., Abdelhamid, B., Gaucher, C. & Smith, R. Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah. 79-98.
  • Smith, R. (2010). Young People, Crime and Justice. In Travail Social à l’Epreuve des Coopération Ouvertes et des Coopérations Fermées: Enjeu Capital pour le Développement Humain. Hicham, K., Abdelhamid, B., Gaucher, C. & Smith, R. Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah. 99-128.
  • Smith, R. (2009). Inter-professional learning and multi-professional practice for PQ. In Post-Qualifying Social Work Practice. Higham, P. Sage. 135-147.
  • Smith, R. (2008). From child protection to child safety. In Contemporary Risk Assessment. Calder, M. Russell House. 3-14.
  • Smith, R. (2008). Interventions: Responsibility, Rights or Reconciliation? In Applied Criminology. Stout, B., Yates, J. & Williams, B. Sage. 118-134.
  • Smith, R. & Littlechild, B. (2008). Social work with young offenders. In Social Work: An introduction to contemporary practice. Wilson, K., Ruch, G., Lymbery, M. & Cooper, A. Pearson Longman. 512-536.

Edited book

  • Hardwick, Louise, Smith, Roger & Worsley, Aidan (2016). Innovations in Social Work Research. Jessica Kinglsey.
  • Hicham, K., Abdelhamid, B., Gaucher, C. & Smith, R. (2010). Travail Social à l’Epreuve des Coopération Ouvertes et des Coopérations Fermées: Enjeu Capital pour le Développement Humain. Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah.

Journal Article

Other (Print)

Report

  • Smith, R., McLenachan, J., Venn, L., Weich, H. & Anthony, D. (2013). Step Up to Social Work Programme Evaluation 2012: The Regional Partnerships and Employers Perspectives. Department for Education.
  • Smith, R., Hine, J. & Fleming, J. (2012). Embedding Participation: UR Boss 2nd Interim Evaluation Report. The Howard League.
  • Smith, R., McIntosh, B. & Mattingly, M. (2011). Raising Your Game: Context and Implementation. Mencap.
  • Smith, R., Khabbache, H., Berdai, A. & Gaucher, C. (2011). Report of the Second Spring Institute: Open and Closed Co-operation in Social Work. University Sais-Fes.
  • Smith, R. & Fleming, J. (2011). UR Boss Legal Service: Interim Evaluation Report. The Howard League.
  • Smith, R. & Welford, J. (2010). Evaluation of Derby Youth Crime Prevention Initiative. De Montfort University.
  • Smith, R., Boeck, T., Fleming, J. & Thorp, L. (2009). Volunteering and Faith Communities in England. Volunteering England.
  • Smith, R., Marsh, P. & Forrester, D. (2008). An Audit of Funding for Social Work Research. ESRC.

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