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Biography

Qualifications: BA CQSW MA PhD

Graduated with a BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies/ CQSW from Bradford University in 1974 and worked as a Social Worker in Bradford Social Services until 1976 before completing the MA Social Service Planning at Essex University in 1977.

Joined the, then, Polytechnic of Huddersfield in 1977 as a Lecturer in Social Work teaching primarily on the Non-Graduate Diploma in Social Work/CQSW and also teaching social policy on the BSc (Hons) Behavioural Sciences, the Certificate in Health Visiting and the Diploma in District Nursing.

Became Professor in Child Care Studies at Keele University in 1993 before returning to the University of Huddersfield in 1994 to become Professor in Child Care and Director of the Centre of Applied Childhood Studies. Took up the Foundation NSPCC Chair in Applied Childhood Studies in 2006.

Research & Scholarship

Author and editor of over twenty books and currently commissioned by Palgrave/Macmillan to write a book on ‘The Politics of Child Protection’ to be published in 2014. Also author of 53 chapters in edited books and 43 articles in refereed journals plus many articles in professional journals.

Main research interests:

  • the political dimensions of social work;
  • changes in child care policy and practice;
  • the politics and practice of child protection;
  • comparative child protection systems;
  • social theory, social constructionism and social work;
  • risk and social welfare.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2014

Parton, N (2014) ‘Doing Social Work Research’. In: Fifth Annual Regional Social Work PhD Summer Seminar, 4th July 2014, Sheffield, UK

Parton, N (2014) ‘Reflections on 10 years of Child Protection Practice in 21st Century ’. In: NHS Lothian 10th Annual Child Protection Conference , Tuesday 17th June 2014, Edinburgh, UK

Parton, N (2014) ‘Book Review: Paul Michael Garrett, Social work and social theory: Making connections. The Policy Press: Bristol, 2013, ISBN 9781847429605Journal of Social Work , 14 (3), pp. 330-332. ISSN 1468-0173

Lonne, B. and Parton, N. (2014) ‘Portrayals of Child Abuse Scandals in the Media in Australia and England: Impacts on Practice, Policy, and SystemsChild Abuse & Neglect , 38 (5), pp. 822-836. ISSN 0145-2134

Parton, N (2014) ‘The Changing Politics and Practice of Child Protection and Safeguarding in England’. In: Thatcher's Grandchildren? Politics and Childhood in the Twenty-First Century. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. . ISBN 9781137281548

Parton, N (2014) ‘The Contemporary Politics of Child Protection’. In: Social Work Action Network Lecture, 12th March 2014, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Parton, N (2014) The Politics of Child Protection: Contemporary Developments and Future Directions . London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137269294

Parton, N. and O'Byrne, P. (2014) ‘Le travail social constructif: sources philosophiques et principes de pratique (Constructive social work: Philosophical roots and practice principles)’. In: Le travail social: Théories, méthodologies et pratiques. (Social Work: Theories, Methods and Practices). Quebec, Canada: Presses de l’Université du Québec. . ISBN 978-2-7605-3103-1

Parton, N (2014) ‘Social Work, Child Protection and the Media: Narratives of Blame and Failure’. In: Troubling Narratives: Identity Matters, 19th-20th June 2014, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom

2013

Parton, N. and Reid, J. (2013) ‘The recent history of central government guidance about child protection’. In: Safeguarding and Protecting Children in the Early Years. : Routledge. pp. 13-34. ISBN 9780415527507

Parton, N (2013) ‘Book Review: Global Child Welfare and Well-Being Susan C. Mapp New York, Oxford University Press, 2011 ISBN 9780195339710Australian Social Work , 66 (3), pp. 416-418. ISSN 0312-407X

Parton, N (2013) ‘The contemporary politics of child protection in England: The emergence of the authoritarian neoliberal state ’. In: 13th ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, 15th – 18th of September 2013, Dublin, Ireland , p. 90

2012

Parton, N (2012) ‘Reflections on 'governing the family': the close relationship between child protection and social work in advanced Western societies – the example of EnglandFamilies, Relationships and Societies , 1 (1), pp. 87-101. ISSN 20467435

2011

Stafford, A., Parton, N., Vincent, S. and Smith, C. (2011) Child Protection Systems in the United Kingdom A Comparative Analysis . London, UK: Jessica Kingsley. ISBN 9781849050678

Parton, N (2011) ‘Child Protection and Safeguarding in England: Changing and Competing Conceptions of Risk and their Implications for Social WorkBritish Journal of Social Work , 41 (5), pp. 854-875. ISSN 0045-3102

Gilbert, N., Parton, N. and Skivenes, M. (2011) ‘Changing patterns of response and emerging orientations’. In: Child Protection Systems: International Trends and Orientations. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. pp. 243-258. ISBN 9780199793358

Gilbert, N., Parton, N. and Skivenes, M. (2011) Child Protection Systems: International Trends and Orientations . Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199793358

Gilbert, N., Parton, N. and Skivenes, M. (2011) ‘Introduction to child protection systems’. In: Child Protection Systems: International Trends and Orientations. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. pp. 3-16. ISBN 9780199793358

Parton, N. and Berridge, D. (2011) ‘Child protection in England’. In: Child Protection Systems: International Trends and Orientations. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. pp. 60-80. ISBN 9780199793358

Parton, N (2011) ‘The Role of the Scholar-facilitator in generating Practice Knowledge to inform and enhance the Quality of Relationship-based social work practice with children and families’. In: Generating Practice Knowledge: Promoting relationship-based work in child and family settings:Taking forward the work of the late Tony Morrison , 13th April 2011, University of Huddersfield, UK

Parton, N (2011) ‘The current state of child protection in England ’. In: The current state of child protection in England, 16th March 2011, Bristol, UK

Parton, N (2011) The increasing length and complexity of central government guidance about child abuse in England: 1974-2010 Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

Parton, N (2011) ‘The Munro Review of Child Protection: An AppraisalChildren & Society , 26 (2), pp. 150-162. ISSN 09510605

Parton, N (2011) ‘Continuity and change in child welfare and child protection 1997-2011’. In: Continuity and Change: From the Third Way to the Big Society, 4th February 2011, Plymouth, UK

Parton, N (2011) ‘The current state of child protection’. In: BASPCAN Conference, 16th February 2011, Berkshire, UK

2010

Parton, N (2010) ‘The current state of child protection in England’. In: South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust, 24th November 2010, Huddersfield, UK

Parton, N (2010) ‘Social work, risk and the blaming system’. In: Social Work: a Reader. London, UK: Taylor & Francis. pp. 35-40. ISBN 9780415499729

Parton, N (2010) ‘Review: Critical Perspectives on Safeguarding Children Karen Broadhurst, Chris Grover and Janet Jamieson (eds) Wiley, Chichester, 2009, 274pp, ISBN 9780470697566, 31.99 (pbk)Critical Social Policy , 30 (4), pp. 592-594. ISSN 0261-0183

Parton, N (2010) ‘International perspectives on child and family welfare’. In: International Perspectives on Child and Family Welfare, 28th October 2010, Queensland, Australia

Parton, N (2010) ‘Policy changes in child protection in England and their implications for social work’. In: Queensland University of Technology , 29th October 2010, Queensland, Australia

Parton, N (2010) ‘From dangerousness to risk: a critical apraisal of policy and practice changes in the Anglophone world to respond to the problem of child maltreatment’. In: 5th Annual Conference of the Australian College for Child and Family Practitioners, 15th October 2010, Canberra, Australia

Parton, N (2010) ‘International comparison of child protection systems’. In: SFI Conference 2010, 7th-9th September 2010, Copenhagen, Denmark

Parton, N (2010) ‘English social policy tendencies in child protection’. In: SFI Conference 2010, 7th-9th September 2010, Copenhagen, Denmark

Hall, C., Parton, N., Peckover, S. and White, S. (2010) ‘Child-Centric Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the Fragmentation of Child Welfare Practice in EnglandJournal of Social Policy , 39 (03), pp. 393-413. ISSN 0047-2794

Stafford, A., Parton, N. and Vincent, S. (2010) ‘Safeguarding and protecting children across the UK’. In: Child Protection Reform across the UK. : Dunedin Academic Press. pp. 77-81. ISBN 9781903765975

Parton, N., Noyes, P. and Rose, W. (2010) ‘Every child matters : change for children programme in England’. In: Child protection reforms across the UK. : Dunedin Academic Press. pp. 12-30. ISBN 9781903765975

Parton, N (2010) ‘Historical overview of media reporting of abuse’. In: The media and LSCBs on the same side?, 10th May 2010, Birmingham

Parton, N (2010) ‘Moving Beyond Individualised Child Protections Systems’. In: Child Aware Approaches Conference Sharing, Building and Recognising Child Aware Innovation, 31st March-1st April 2014, Melbourne, Australia

Parton, N (2010) ‘Safeguarding children : guidance for Madressahs and supplementary schools’. In: Safeguarding children : guidance for Madressahs and supplementary schools, 10th February 2010, Al-Hikmah Centre, Batley

Parton, N (2010) ‘'From dangerousness to risk': The growing importance of screening and surveillance systems for safeguarding and promoting the well-being of children in EnglandHealth, Risk & Society , 12 (1), pp. 51-64. ISSN 1369-8575

Parton, N (2010) ‘Some thoughts on the relationship between theory and practice in and for social work’. In: International social work. : Sage. pp. 321-332. ISBN 9781847875631

Parton, N (2010) ‘Problematics of government (post) modernity and social work’. In: International social work. London: Sage. pp. 182-199. ISBN 9781847875631

Parton, N (2010) ‘Risk, social work and social care : the example of childrens social care’. In: The law and social work : comtemporary issues for practice. : Palgrave macMillan. pp. 76-93. ISBN 9780230543034

2009

Parton, N (2009) ‘Reflections on the social construction of reality: A treatise in the sociology of knowledgeSocial work now , 44, pp. 24-27. ISSN 1173-4906

Parton, N. and Kirk, S. (2009) ‘The Nature and Purposes of Social Work’. In: The SAGE Handbook of Social Work Research. London: Sage. pp. 23-36. ISBN 9781412934985

Parton, N. and Berridge, D. (2009) ‘Child protection in England’. In: Protecting Children from Maltreatment: International Perspectives on Issues and Trends since the mid-1990s, 14th October 2009, Berkeley, California, USA

Parton, N (2009) ‘Safeguarding and promoting children's well-being and the emergence of the early-intervention surveillance state.’. In: Deconstructing protection : state practitioners and user dimensions, 28/10/2009, University of Stirling

Parton, N., Stafford, A. and Vincent, S. (2009) ‘Safeguarding and protecting children in different parts of the UK : learning from reform.’. In: BASPCAN symposium : Learning from reform, 14/09/2009, University of Swansea

Parton, N (2009) ‘Challenges to practice and knowledge in child welfare social work: From the ‘social’ to the ‘informational’?Children and Youth Services Review , 31 (7), pp. 715-721. ISSN 0190-7409

Parton, N (2009) ‘Postmodern and constructionist approaches to social work’. In: Critical practice in social work (2nd edition). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. . ISBN 9780230218635

Frost, N. and Parton, N. (2009) Understanding children's social care . London: Sage Publications. ISBN 9781412923491

Parton, N (2009) ‘Book report : Social work, politics and society: from radicalism to orthodoxy, by K. McLaughlin, ISBN 978-1847420442Health, Risk and Society , 11 (2), pp. 197-200. ISSN 1369-8575

Parton, N (2009) ‘Constructive social work.’. In: National Association of Social Workers Annual Conference., 27/03/2009, Natchez, Mississippi

Parton, N (2009) ‘How child-centred are our child protection systems?. ’. In: Children 1st and ChildLine Scotland conference: getting it right for every child who has experienced abuse., 12/02/2009, Edinburgh

Reading, R., Bissell, S., Goldhagen, J., Harwin, J., Masson, J., Moynihan, S., Parton, N., Santos, M., Thoburn, J. and Webb, E. (2009) ‘Promotion of children's rights and prevention of child maltreatmentThe Lancet , 373 (9660), pp. 332-343. ISSN 0140-6736

Parton, N (2009) ‘From Seebohm to Think Family: reflections on 40 years of policy change of statutory children's social work in EnglandChild & Family Social Work , 14 (1), pp. 68-78. ISSN 1356-7500

2008

Parton, N (2008) ‘Book review: Professional Risk and Working with People: Decision-making in Health, Social Care and Criminal Justice - By David Carson and Andy BainHealth and Social Care in the Community , 16 (6), pp. 662-663. ISSN 0966-0410

Parton, N. and Colclough, L. (2008) ‘Reframing child sexual abuse’. In: Reframing Child Sexual Abuse Conference, 24th November 2008, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK

Masson, H., Frost, N. and Parton, N. (2008) ‘Reflections from the ‘frontline’: social workers' experiences of post-qualifying child care training and their current work practices in the new children's services Journal of Children's Services , 3 (3), pp. 54-64. ISSN 1746-6660

Parton, N (2008) ‘Challenges to practice and knowledge in child welfare social work: from the 'social' to the 'informational'?’. In: The Linda Haskell Memorial Master Class 2008, 7th November 2008, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona

Parton, N (2008) ‘What has happened to sexual abuse?’. In: Launch of MOSAIC2, 20th October 2008, University of Bradford

Parton, N (2008) ‘Safeguarding Childhood: Early Intervention and Surveillance in a Late Modern Society’. In: Children, Youth, and Social Control in Transformation Conference, 9th - 10th October 2008, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland

Parton, N (2008) ‘Changing Notions of Risk in the Rationale for the Provision of Children’s Services in England: Towards the ‘Preventive- Surveillance’ State’. In: First ISA Forum of Sociology Sociological Research and Public Debate, 5th - 8th September 2008, Barcelona, Spain

Lonne, B., Parton, N., Thomson, J. and Harries, M. (2008) Reforming child protection . London: Routledge. ISBN 9780415429061

Parton, N (2008) ‘Book review: The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge, Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckman (1967)British Journal of Social Work , 38 (4), pp. 823-824. ISSN 0045-3102

Parton, N (2008) ‘The ‘Change for Children’ agenda in England: towards the ‘Preventive-Surveillance State’’. In: Children, family responsibilities and the state. : Wiley. . ISBN 9781405183017

Parton, N (2008) ‘Risk and social care’. In: Safeguarding: In Whose Interest? 21st Century Risk Management, 14th March 2008, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, UK

Parton, N (2008) ‘Changes in the form of knowledge in social work: from the 'social' to the 'informational'? British Journal of Social Work , 38 (2), pp. 253-269. ISSN 1468-263X

Parton, N (2008) ‘The ‘Change for Children’ programme in England: towards the ‘preventive-surveillance state’Journal of law and society , 35 (1), pp. 166-187. ISSN 0263-323X

Parton, N (2008) ‘Towards the preventative-surveillance state: the current changes in children's services in England’. In: Child protection and welfare social work: contemporary themes and practice perspectives. Dublin, Ireland: A & A Farmar. pp. 75-89. ISBN 9781906353070

2007

Parton, N (2007) ‘Current changes in children's services in England.’. In: Malcolm Wiener Centre for Social Policy, 05/12/2007, The John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Cambridge, MA, USA

Parton, N (2007) ‘State of the art of research in social work in the UK.’. In: Staff seminar, 24/11/2007, Faculty of Human Sciences, Catholic University of Portugal

Parton, N (2007) ‘Social work in late-modernity: new approaches for a reflexive profession.’. In: Public lecture, 23/22/2007, Faculty of Human Sciences, Catholic University of Portugal.

Parton, N (2007) ‘The new world of safeguarding: the challenge of neglect’. In: Calderdale Local Safeguarding Children's Board Conference., 16/11/2007, Brighouse

Parton, N (2007) ‘The Change for Children programme in England.’. In: Child Protection and Welfare Social Work Conference, 26/10/2007, University College Cork, Ireland

Parton, N (2007) ‘Changes in Social Work forms of Knowledge: Key Challenges and Questions for Social Work in an Information Age ’. In: The Seebohm Lecture 2007, 8th October 2007, University of Southampton

Parton, N (2007) ‘Safeguarding and children's social care’. In: Leeds City Council Social Work Conference, 28/09/2007, Leeds Town Hall

Parton, N (2007) ‘Developing a successful research culture and profile’. In: ESRC Managing and Mentoring Workshop for Social Work Academics, 27/09/2007, University of Manchester

Parton, N (2007) ‘Editorial: A look at contemporary child welfare and child protection policy and practiceAustralian Social Work , 60 (3), pp. 275-277. ISSN 0312-407X

Parton, N (2007) ‘Safeguarding children's social care: current challenges and opportunities’. In: Safeguarding Children? Current Debates – Future Prospects, 6th - 7th September 2007, University of Huddersfield

Parton, N (2007) ‘Current changes in children's services’. In: Research Seminar, 19/06/2007, School of Social Sciences. University of Keele

Parton, N (2007) ‘Information Sharing, Early Intervention and Surveillance in Children's Services in England’. In: ESRC Information Sharing, Assessment and e-Technology in Social Care, 14th - 15th May 2007, York, UK

Parton, N (2007) ‘The future(s) for constructive social work.’. In: Public lecture, 10 & 11 May 2007, University of Nijmegan, Holland & University of Ghent, Belgium

Parton, N (2007) ‘Implications for children and families of the policy promoting greater across-government information sharing: support or surveillance?’. In: Ministerial Advisory Council on Child Protection, 18/04/2007, Perth, Australia

Parton, N (2007) ‘Current changes in children's services in England: Implications for Australia’. In: Public lecture, 13/04/2007, Griffith University, Brisbane

Parton, N (2007) ‘Changes in the form of knowledge in social work: from the social to the informational’. In: Public lecture, 19/04/2007, Curtin University. Perth, Australia

Parton, N (2007) ‘Constructive social work practice in an age of uncertainty’. In: Social Work Dialogues: Transforming the Canon in Inquiry, Practice, and Education. Alexandria, Virginia, USA: Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Press. pp. 144-166. ISBN 9780872931237

Munro, E. and Parton, N. (2007) ‘How far is England in the process of introducing a mandatory reporting system?Child Abuse Review , 16 (1), pp. 5-16. ISSN 09529136

Parton, N (2007) ‘Safeguarding children: a socio-historical analysis’. In: The Child Protection Handbook. London, UK: Elsevier. pp. 9-30. ISBN 9780702028298

2006

Parton, N (2006) ‘Mandatory Reporting in Child Welfare: Developments in England ’. In: Glasgow School of Social Work Seminar Series, 16th November 2006, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

Parton, N (2006) ‘‘Every Child Matters’: The Shift to Prevention whilst Strengthening Protection in Children’s Services in England’. In: XVIth ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect: Children in a Changing World: Getting it Right, 3rd - 6th September 2006, University of York, York, UK

Parton, N (2006) ‘"Every child matters": The shift to prevention whilst strengthening protection in children's services in England Children and Youth Services Review , 28 (2), pp. 976-992. ISSN 0190-7409

Parton, N (2006) ‘Foreword: Children and young people who sexually abuse others’. In: Children and young people who sexually abuse others: current developments and practice responses. London: Routledge. p. xvii-xviii. ISBN 9780415354134

Gorman, K., Gregory, M., Hayles, M. and Parton, N. (2006) ‘Constructive Work with Offenders: setting the scene’. In: Constructive Work with Offenders. London: Jessica Kingsley. pp. 13-32. ISBN 9781843103455

Gorman, K., Gregory, M., Hayles, M. and Parton, N. (2006) ‘Offenders ’r’ Us. The story of this bookassessments for the criminal courts’. In: Constructive Work with Offenders. London: Jessica Kingsley. pp. 193-206. ISBN 9781843103455

Parton, N (2006) Safeguarding Childhood: Early Intervention and Surveillance in a Late Modern Society . Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781403933324

2005

Parton, N (2005) ‘Il lavoro sociale costruttivo: pratica esatta o pratica sensata? (New social work practices in a welfare society : constructive social work) Lavoro Sociale , 5 (3), pp. 311-328. ISSN 1721-4149

Parton, N (2005) ‘Book review : Protecting Children in Time: Child Abuse, Child Protection and the Consequences of ModernityThe sociological review , 53 (3), pp. 579-581. ISSN 0038-0261

Parton, N (2005) ‘Book review : Social work ideals and practice realities.Journal of Social Work , 5 (2), pp. 246-248. ISSN 1468-0173

Parton, N (2005) ‘Risk, advanced liberalism and child welfare’. In: Child welfare and social policy. Bristol: The Policy Press. pp. 127-142. ISBN 9781861345660

Butt, T. and Parton, N. (2005) ‘Constructivist social work and personal construct theory: the case of psychological trauma British Journal of Social Work , 35 (6), pp. 793-806. ISSN 1468-263X

2004

Parton, N (2004) ‘Post-theories for practice:challenging the dogmas’. In: Social work in the corporate era. Aldershot: Ashgate. pp. 123-142. ISBN 9780745638834

Parton, N (2004) ‘Book review : Child welfare, historical dimensions, contemporary debate. Author Harry Hendrick.Social History of Medicine , 17 (2), pp. 304-305. ISSN 0951-631X

Parton, N. and Jordan, B. (2004) ‘Social work, the public sphere and civil society’. In: Reflecting on social work - discipline and profession. Aldershot: Ashgate. pp. 12-29. ISBN 9780754619055

Parton, N (2004) ‘From Maria Colwell to Victoria Climbié: re?ections on public inquiries into child abuse a generation apartChild Abuse Review , 13 (2), pp. 80-94. ISSN 0952-9136

Meagher, G. and Parton, N. (2004) ‘Modernising social work and the ethics of careSocial Work and Society , 2 (1), pp. 10-27. ISSN 1613-8953

2003

Parton, N (2003) ‘From Maria Colwell to Victoria Climbié : Reflections on public inquiries into child abuse a generation apart.’. In: The Fifth National Congress of the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect: Child Maltreatment: strenthening the links-research, policy and practice, 20-23 July 2003, York

Pugh, G. and Parton, N. (2003) ‘Editorial : new labour policy and its outcomes for childrenChildren and Society , 17 (3), pp. 157-161. ISSN 0951-0605

Hall, C., Parton, N., Juhila, K. and Poso, T. (2003) ‘Introduction: beyond the universal client’. In: Constructing clienthood in social work and human services: interaction, identities and practices. London: Jessica Kingsley. pp. 11-24. ISBN 9781843100737

Parton, N., Hall, C., Juhila, K. and Poso, T. (2003) ‘Yes, but is this of any use?’. In: Constructing clienthood in social work and human services: interaction, identities, and practices. : Jessica Kingsley. pp. 223-233. ISBN 9781843100737

Juhila, K., Poso, T., Hall, C. and Parton, N. (2003) ‘Beyond a universal client’. In: Constructing clienthood in social work and human services: interaction, identities, and practices. : Jessica Kingsley. pp. 11-26. ISBN 9781843100737

Teoh, A., Laffer, J., Parton, N. and Turnell, A. (2003) ‘Trafficking in meaning: constructive social work in child protection.’. In: Constructing clienthood in social work and human services: interaction, identities, and practices. : Jessica Kingsley. pp. 147-160. ISBN 9781843100737

Hall, C., Parton, N., Juhila, K. and Poso, T. (2003) ‘Conclusion: yes, but is this of any use? ’. In: Constructing clienthood in social work and human services: interaction, identities and practices. London: Jessica Kingsley. pp. 223-233. ISBN 9781843100737

Hall, C., Juhila, K., Parton, N. and Poso, T. (2003) Constructing clienthood in social work and human services: interaction, identities and practices . London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. ISBN 9781843100737

Parton, N (2003) ‘Rethinking professional practice: the contributions of social constructionism and the feminist ethics of care British Journal of Social Work , 33 (1), p. 1. ISSN 0045-3102

Parton, N., Foley, P., Roche, J. and Tucker, S. (2003) ‘Contradictory and convergent trends in law and policy affecting children in England’. In: Hearing the voices of children: social policy for a new century. : RoutledgeFalmer. pp. 106-120. ISBN 9780415276429

2002

Parton, N (2002) ‘Postmodernism and Discourse Approaches to Social Work’. In: Social Work: Themes, Issues and Critical Debates. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 237-246. ISBN 9780333985939

Parton, N (2002) ‘Narrow, restrictive and reactiveCommunity care , 1410, pp. 24-25. ISSN 0307-5508

Parton, N (2002) ‘Protecting children: a socio historical analysis’. In: The child protection handbook. : Elsevier health sciences. pp. 11-28. ISBN 9780702025846

Parton, N (2002) ‘Postmodern and social constructionist approaches to social work’. In: Social work: themes, issues and critical debates. : Palgrave. pp. 237-246. ISBN 9780333985939

2001

Parton, N (2001) ‘Risk and professional judgement’. In: The Law and Social Work. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave. pp. 137-147. ISBN 9780333961261

Franklin, B. and Parton, N. (2001) ‘Press-ganged! Media reporting of social work and child abuse’. In: Understanding Social Problems: Issues in Social Policy. London, UK: Wiley. pp. 233-247. ISBN 978-0-631-22030-5

Parton, N., Chenery, S., Henshaw, C. and Pease, K. (2001) ‘Does CCTV evidence increase sentence severity?Scottish Journal of Criminal Justice Studies , 7 (1), pp. 3-18. ISSN 1360-4449

Parton, N (2001) ‘The current state of social work in UK universities: some personal reflectionsSocial Work Education , 20 (2), pp. 167-174. ISSN 02615479

Parton, N. and Mathews, R. (2001) ‘New directions in child protection and family support in Western Australia: A policy initiative to refocus child welfare practice Child and Family Social Work , 6 (2), pp. 97-113. ISSN 1356-7500

2000

Pugh, G. and Parton, N. (2000) ‘Editorial : Children and childhood at the start of the new millenniumChildren and Society , 14 (4), pp. 229-229. ISSN 0951-0605

Parton, N (2000) ‘Some thoughts on the relationship between theory and practice in and for social work British Journal of Social Work , 30 (4), pp. 449-463. ISSN 0045-3102

Parton, N. and O'Byrne, P. (2000) Constructive social work: towards a new practice . Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780333929483

Parton, N. and Jordan, W. (2000) ‘Politics and social work’. In: Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Social Work. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers. pp. 333-335. ISBN 9780631214502

Parton, N (2000) Social work, child protection and social theory : a critical review and analysis Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

Parton, N. and O'Byrne, P. (2000) ‘What Do We Mean by Constructive Social Work? Critical Social Work , 1 (2). ISSN 1543-9372

Parton, N (2000) ‘Some thoughts on the relationship between theory and practice in and for social workBritish Journal of Social Work , 30 (4), pp. 449-463. ISSN 0045-3102

Jordan, B. and Parton, N. (2000) ‘Labour's tough loveCommunity care (1335), pp. 24-25. ISSN 0307-5508

1999

Parton, N. and Pugh, G. (1999) ‘Editorial : PreventionChildren and Society , 13 (4), pp. 229-231. ISSN 0951-0605

Parton, N. and Pugh, G. (1999) ‘Editorial: PreventionChildren and Society , 13 (4), pp. 229-231. ISSN 0951-0605

Parton, N (1999) ‘Reconfiguring child welfare practices: risk, advanced liberalism and the government of freedom’. In: Reading Foucault for social work. : Columbia University Press. pp. 101-130. ISBN 9780231107174

Parton, N. and Wattam, C. (1999) ‘Impediments to implementing a child-centred approach’. In: Child sexual abuse:responding to the experiences of children. : Wiley. pp. 1-18. ISBN 9780471983347

Parton, N (1999) ‘Book review : Risk, health and welfare. A Asaizewski, L Harrison, J Manthorpe(Eds.)Health, Risk and Society , 1 (2), pp. 244-245. ISSN 1369-8575

Parton, N (1999) ‘Ideology, politics and policy’. In: Child welfare in the United Kingdom 1948-1998. : Blackwell-Science. pp. 3-21. ISBN 9780632049936

Colclough, L., Anslow, M. and Parton, N. (1999) ‘Family support’. In: Child sexual abuse: responding to the experiences of children. : Wiley. pp. 159-180. ISBN 9780471983347

Parton, N (1999) ‘The social construction of child maltreatment: some political, research and practice implications’. In: Constructing social work practices. : Ashgate. pp. 153-172. ISBN 9781840149845

1998

Parton, N (1998) ‘Risk, advanced liberalism and child welfare: the need to rediscover uncertainty and ambiguityBritish Journal of Social Work , 28 (1), pp. 5-27. ISSN 0045-3102

Parton, N (1998) ‘Foreword: Making enquiries into alleged child abuse and neglect’. In: Making enquiries into alleged child abuse and neglect. : Wiley. pp. 11-13. ISBN 9780471972228

Parton, N (1998) ‘Advanced liberalism, (post) modernity and social work : some emerging and social configurations’. In: Postmodernism, religion and the future of social work. : Routledge. pp. 71-88. ISBN 9780789005168

1997

Kemshall, H., Parton, N., Walsh, M. and Waterson, J. (1997) ‘Concepts of Risk in Relation to Organizational Structure and Functioning within the Personal Social Services and ProbationSocial Policy and Administration , 31 (3), pp. 213-232. ISSN 0144-5596

Parton, N., Thorpe, D. and Wattam, C. (1997) Child protection: risk and the moral order . : Macmillan. ISBN 9780333629475

Parton, N (1997) ‘Book review : Social work and child abuse by Dave Merrick.International journal of the sociology of law , 25 (2), pp. 181-183. ISSN 1756-0616

Parton, N (1997) ‘Foreword: A chance to be heard: listening to children in reviews.’. In: A chance to be heard: listening to children in reviews. Wrexham: Prospects training. pp. 4-6. ISBN 9780952490036

Parton, N (1997) ‘Social environment and sexual abuse of children’. In: L'Abus sexuel de l'enfant. Bruxelles: Fonds Houtman. pp. 201-224. ISBN 9782930194028

Parton, N (1997) ‘Book review: A better world for children, explorations in morality and authority. Author, Michael KingJournal of social welfare and family law , 19 (4), pp. 521-522. ISSN 0964-9069

Parton, N (1997) ‘Child protection and family support: current debates and future prospects’. In: Child protection and family support. : Routledge. pp. 1-24. ISBN 9780415142243

Parton, N (1997) ‘Foreword’. In: A chance to be heard : listening to children in reviews. Wrexham: Prospects. p. iv-vi. ISBN 9780952490036

1996

Parton, N. and Franklin, B. (1996) ‘Suffer little childrenCommunity care , pp. 2-3. ISSN 0307-5508

Parton, N (1996) ‘Social theory, social change and social work: an introduction’. In: Social theory, social change and social work. : Routledge. pp. 4-18. ISBN 9780415126984

Parton, N (1996) ‘Child protection, family support and social work: a critical appraisal of the Department of Health research studies in child protectionChild and Family Social Work , 1 (1), pp. 3-11. ISSN 1356-7500

Parton, N (1996) ‘Preface’. In: Making enquiries into alleged child abuse and neglect. Brighton: Pennant. p. xi-xii. ISBN 9781861650009

Parton, N (1996) ‘The new politics of child protection.’. In: Thatchers children: politics, childhood and society in the 1980's and 90's. : Routledge. pp. 43-60. ISBN 9780750704618

Parton, N (1996) ‘Social work, risk and the blaming system’. In: Social theory, social change and social work. : Routledge. pp. 98-114. ISBN 9780415126984

Parton, N (1996) ‘Child care, child protection and the state: an analysis of developments in England.’. In: Violence in the family. Amsterdam: Haysmans & Cuyten. pp. 97-112.

1995

Parton, N (1995) ‘Book reviews : Childhood Matters: social theory, practice and politics Jens Qvortrup, Marjatta Bardy, Giovanni Sgritta, Helmut Wintersberger (eds)Critical Social Policy , 15 (44-45), pp. 243-245. ISSN 0261-0183

Parton, N. and Otway, O. (1995) ‘The contemporary state of child protection policy and practice in England and WalesChildren and Youth Services Review , 17 (5-6), pp. 599-617. ISSN 0190-7409

Parton, N. and Lyon, C. (1995) ‘Children's rights and the children act 1989.’. In: The handbook of children's rights: comparative policy and practice. : Routledge. pp. 40-55. ISBN 9780415110594

Parton, N (1995) ‘Book review : Understanding child abuse and neglect : by the panel on research on child abuse and social sciences and education, national research council.British Journal of Social Work , 25 (2), pp. 256-258. ISSN 0045-3102

Parton, N (1995) ‘Neglect as Child Protection: the Political Context and the Practical OutcomesChildren and Society , 9 (1), pp. 67-89. ISSN 0951-0605

1994

Parton, N (1994) ‘Book review: Being a client, understanding the process of counselling and psycho-therapy. Author David HoweBritish Journal of Social Work , 24 (5), pp. 637-638. ISSN 0045-3102

Parton, N (1994) ‘(Post) Social Work: A Response to Pardeck, Murphy and ChungSocial Work and Social Sciences Review , 5 (2), pp. 124-126. ISSN 0953-5225

Parton, N (1994) ‘The Nature of Social Work Under Conditions of (Post) ModernitySocial Work and Social Sciences Review , 52 (2), pp. 93-112. ISSN 0953-5225

Parton, N (1994) ‘A lost opportunityCommunity care , 1026, pp. 18-19. ISSN 0307-5508

Parton, N (1994) ‘Book review : Child abuse, edited by Christina Lyon and Peter De CruzBritish Journal of Social Work , 24 (3), pp. 368-370. ISSN 0045-3102

Parton, N (1994) ‘‘Problematics of Government’, (Post) modernity and social work British Journal of Social Work , 24 (1), pp. 9-32. ISSN 0045-3102

1992

Parton, N. and Gough, D. (1992) ‘Book review: Significant harm edited by M. Adcock, R. White and A. HollowsChild Abuse Review , 1 (2), pp. 140-141. ISSN 0952-9136

Parton, N (1992) ‘The contemporary politics of child protectionJournal of social welfare and family law , 14 (2), pp. 100-113. ISSN 0964-9069

1991

Franklin, B. and Parton, N. (1991) Social work, the media and public relations . : Routledge. ISBN 9780415050036

Parton, N (1991) Governing the family: child care, child protection and the state . : Macmillan. ISBN 9780333541227

Franklin, B. and Parton, N. (1991) ‘Social work, the media and public relations: a framework for analysis’. In: Social Work, the Media and Public Relations. London, UK: Routledge. pp. 7-52. ISBN 9780415050036

Franklin, B. and Parton, N. (1991) ‘Media reporting of social work: a framework for analysis.’. In: Social work, the media and public relations. : Routledge. pp. 7-52. ISBN 9780415050029

Parton, N (1991) ‘Book reviews : Child sexual abuse, ed Jean La Fontaine. Working with child sexual abuse, ed Kieran O'Hagan. Critical Social Policy , 11 (31), pp. 120-122. ISSN 0261-0183

Parton, N (1991) ‘Filling the gaps : interview with Margaret JervisSocial Work Today , 22 (5), pp. 19-20. ISSN 1540-420X

Parton, N. and Franklin, B. (1991) ‘Victims of abuse : media and social workchildRIGHT , 75, pp. 13-16. ISSN 0265-1459

1990

Parton, N (1990) ‘Taking child abuse seriously’. In: Taking child abuse seriously: contemporary issues in child protection theory and practice. : Unwin Hyman. pp. 7-24. ISBN 9780044453222

Channer, Y. and Parton, N. (1990) ‘Racism, cultural relativiam and child protection.’. In: Taking child abuse seriously: contemporary issues in child protection theory and practice. : Unwin Hyman. pp. 105-120. ISBN 9780044453222

1989

Parton, N. and Small, N. (1989) ‘Violence, social work and the emergence of dangerousness’. In: Radical social work today. : Unwin Hyman. pp. 120-134. ISBN 9780044453680

Parton, N. and Parton, C. (1989) ‘Child protection, the law and dangerousness.’. In: Child abuse: professional practice and public policy. New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf. pp. 54-73. ISBN 9780745005003

Parton, N (1989) ‘Child abuse’. In: Child care research, policy and practice. : Hodder & Stoughton. pp. 55-79. ISBN 9780340513316

Parton, N (1989) ‘Book review: ed Brian Corby, Working With Child Abuse: Social Work Practice and the Child Abuse SystemJournal of Social Policy , 18 (02), pp. 285-286. ISSN 0047-2794

Parton, N. and Martin, N. (1989) ‘Public inquiries, legalism and child care in England and WalesInternational Journal of Law, Policy and the Family , 3 (1), pp. 21-39. ISSN 1360-9939

1988

Parton, N. and Parton, C. (1988) ‘Women, the family and child protection Critical Social Policy , 8 (24), pp. 38-49. ISSN 0261-0183

Parton, N. and Thomas, T. (1988) ‘Child abuse’. In: Social problems and social welfare. : Open University Press. . ISBN 9780335123469

1987

Parton, N (1987) ‘Book review: eds J. Packman, J. Randall and N. Jacques, Who Needs Care? Social Work Decisions About ChildrenJournal of Social Policy , 16 (01), pp. 100-102. ISSN 0047-2794

Norris, T. and Parton, N. (1987) ‘The Administration of Place of Safety OrdersJournal of social welfare and family law , 9 (1), pp. 1-14. ISSN 0964-9069

1986

Parton, N. and Norris, T. (1986) ‘A child in crisis : protective proceduresCommunity care , 615, pp. 24-26. ISSN 0307-5508

Parton, N (1986) ‘The Beckford report: a critical appraisal British Journal of Social Work , 16 (5), pp. 511-530. ISSN 0045-3102

Parton, N (1986) ‘Child abuse and social policy: a tale of blame and failureSocial Studies Review , 2 (1), pp. 23-28. ISSN 1056-6325

1985

Parton, N (1985) ‘Politics and practiceCommunity care , 580, pp. 24-25. ISSN 0307-5508

Parton, N (1985) ‘Children in care: recent changes and debates Critical Social Policy , 5 (13), pp. 107-117. ISSN 0261-0183

Parton, N (1985) The politics of child abuse . : Macmillan. ISBN 9780333363171

Parton, N (1985) ‘Book review: providing civil justice for childrenJournal of Social Policy , 14 (1), pp. 111-112. ISSN 0047-2794

1984

Parton, N (1984) ‘Book reviews: Robert Dingwall, John Eekelaar and Topsy Murray, The Protection of Children: State Intervention and Family Life. Norton Grubb and Marvin Lazerson, Broken Promises: How Americans Fail Their ChildrenJournal of Social Policy , 13 (02), pp. 248-250. ISSN 0047-2794

1983

Jordan, B. and Parton, N. (1983) The political dimensions of social work . London, UK: Blackwell. ISBN 9780631134022

Parton, N (1983) ‘Book review : Perceptions of child abuse: A critique of individualism Michael Sheppard SWT/UEA, Norwich, 1982Critical Social Policy , 3 (7), pp. 123-124. ISSN 0261-0183

Parton, N (1983) ‘Caught in the cross fireSocial Work Today , 15 (3), pp. 10-12. ISSN 1540-420X

Parton, N. and Thomas, T. (1983) ‘Child abuse and citizenship’. In: The political dimensions of social work. Oxford: Blackwell. pp. 55-73. ISBN 9780631134022

Parton, N (1983) ‘Practice notes from collegeSocial Work Education , 3 (1), pp. 28-29. ISSN 0261-5479

1982

Parton, N (1982) ‘Book review: Traumatic abuse and neglect of children at home : Understanding abusive families : The maltreatment of the school aged childSociology of Health and Illness , 4 (1), pp. 102-103. ISSN 0141-9889

Parton, N (1982) ‘Book reviews: G. J. Williams and J. Money, eds. Traumatic Abuse and Neglect of Children at Home, J. Garbarino and G. Gilliam, Understanding abusive Families, R. Volpe, M. Breton and J. Mitton, eds, The Maltreatment of the School-Aged ChildSociology of Health and Illness , 4 (1), pp. 102-102. ISSN 0141-9889

1981

Parton, N (1981) ‘The rise and fall of the welfare consensusSocial Work Today , 12 (34), pp. 10-12. ISSN 1540-420X

Parton, N (1981) ‘Child abuse, social anxiety and welfare British Journal of Social Work , 11 (1), pp. 391-414. ISSN 0045-3102

1980

Parton, N (1980) ‘Recording concern : the case against child abuse registersSocial Work Today , 11 (25), pp. 12-14. ISSN 1540-420X

1979

Parton, N (1979) ‘The natural history of child abuse: a study in social problem definitionBritish Journal of Social Work , 9 (4), pp. 431-451. ISSN 0045-3102

Esteem

  • Has four articles in the top ten of the British Journal of Social Work’s ‘most cited articles’ list (numbers 3, 5, 6 and 9) http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/reports/most-cited.
     
  • Two articles in the top fifty most cited social work articles in the world in the period 2000-09, at number 17 (from 2001) and number 33 (from 2003); there are seven UK based articles in the top fifty. The one at number 17 also qualifies as one of just 12 articles referred to as a ‘citation classic’ as it has over 100 citations. (see D. Hodge, J.R. Lacasse and O. Benson (2012) ‘Influential Publications in the Social Work Discourse: Cited Articles in Social Work 2000-09’, British Journal of Social Work, 42(4), pp. 765-82.
     
  • Been a member of numerous research advisory groups including, since 1999, the ‘Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work’ based at the University of Vermont, USA.
     
  • Chair the Editorial Board of Children & Society since 2006 having been the co-Editor 1996-2006 (Wiley-Blackwell in association with the National Children’s Bureau). Also on the Editorial Board AND International Advisory Board of eleven national and international journals in the fields of child welfare and social work.
     
  • Contributes to the current debate and concerns about the possible privatisation of child protection in England. In doing so he locates the issues to his recent book The Politics of Child Protection: Recent Developments and Future Directions (Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan).
     
  • NSPCC Council Member since 1999.

Research Degree Supervision

  • Currently supervising four PhD students.
  • Successfully supervised 14 students to PhD and 2 to MPhil completions at the University of Huddersfield and one successful PhD completion at the University of British Columbia, Canada.
  • Acted as External Examiner for 23 PhDs in the UK, Australia, Canada and Ireland.

Potential postgraduate supervision:

  • Child protection: politics, policy and practice
  • Comparative child protection systems
  • Social Work theory, history and practice
  • Constructive Social Work

Enterprise Activities

  • 1997 onwards – series of research contracts with the NSPCC worth £1million

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Prior to taking up NSPCC Professorship in 2006 had been Head of Research in the School of Human and Health Sciences; Head of Social Work Research; RAE Coordinator for Social Work Research in the 1992, 1996, and 2001 RAEs; Director of the Centre for Applied Childhood Studies.

Teaching and Professional Activities

  • Over the years taught on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate, qualifying and post-qualifying levels in social work, health and behavioural sciences. These have been primarily related to: general social policy; the political contexts of social work and social care; social theory and social work; risk and social welfare; and child welfare and child protection.
  • Currently Module Leader for HMS 1004 Safeguarding Children: Policy and Organisational Contexts.
  • Also teach on HFS 1000 Social Policy and assess all Dissertations for HMS 1000 and HMS 1036 MA Child Welfare and Safeguarding.
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