- Room 203, 10 Portland Villas, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
Associate Professor in Social Work
School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health and Human Sciences)
My primary teaching areas are: the law relating to children and families, child care and child protection, and children's rights. I also do some teaching relating to the development of professional practice by social workers at undergraduate level, and teach 'Legislation and Policy' for the post-qualifying Child Care Award.
I am Pathway Lead for Advanced Professional Practice in Child and Family Social Work, and have research interests in the areas of child protection, child and family law and children's rights.
My teaching interests include: law and chldren's rights, child care and child protectiont.
My research interests include children's rights, child protection and the management of risk and information in relation to vulnerable children, and the development of professionalism and other professional issues in social work.
Penelope Welbourne – Publications.
Welbourne, P., Macdonald, P. and Bates, P. (2017) 'Getting it Right in Time: parents who lack litigation capacity in care proceedings', London: Nuffield Foundation
Welbourne, P. (2017) 'Reflections from the Gard case and other recent 'difficult' cases: could the English family courts be less 'anti-therapeutic' and more problem solving?' Seen and Heard 2017 (forthcoming)
Welbourne, P. (2016) 'Parents' and childrens' rights and good practice: section 20' Family Law Journal 2016
Welbourne, P. (2016) 'Adversarial courts, therapeutic justice and protecting children in the family justice system,' Child and Family Law Quarterly
Welbourne, P. and Dixon, J. (2015) 'Child protection and welfare: cultures, policies and practices,' European Journal of Social Work
Dixon, J. and Welbourne, P. (2016) 'International Perspectives on the state-as parent: Naive idealism or reluctant pragmatism?' Poverty and Public Policy 2016
Welbourne, P. (2014) "Time is of the essence: risk and the Public Law Outline, judicial discretion and the determination of a child's best interests," Social Sciences 2014Welbourne, P. and Leeson, C. (2012) “Educational outcomes for children in care: a research review” Children and Youth Services Review, Vol. 7 Issue 2 128 - 143
Welbourne, P. (2011) "The Family Justice Review Interim Report 2011, Care Planning and the Paramount Interests of Children," Seen and Heard NAGALRO June 2011
Welbourne, P. (2010) "21st century social work: the influence of political context on public service provision in social work education and service delivery" European Journal of Social Work, published online November 2010
Sheppard, M., Welbourne, P. and MacDonald, P. (2010) "The parent concerns questionnaire and parenting stress index: comparison of two common assessment framework-compatible assessment instruments" Child & Family Social Work, 15(3), August 2010, pp.345-356Welbourne, P. (2008) Safeguarding children on the edge of care: policy for keeping children safe after the ‘Review of the Child Care Proceedings System’, ‘Care Matters’ and the Carter Review of Legal Aid,” Child and Family Law Quarterly, 20(3), 2008, pp.335-358.
Sheppard, M., MacDonald, P. and Welbourne, P. (2008) “Service users as gatekeepers in Children’s Centres,” Child and Family Social Work 2008, 13, pp 61–71
Welbourne, P. and Dixon, J. (2008) "Accountable Corporate Parenting: Local Authority Practice in England and Wales and some reflections on Community Participation in the USA," Journal of Social Work, July 228 Vol. 8 No. 3 291 – 309.
Weiss, I. and Welbourne, P. (2008) "The Professionalization of Social Work: A Cross-National Exploration," International Journal of Social Welfare, accepted for publication September 2007 Vol. 17 Issue 4, 281 – 290.
Welbourne, P., Harrison, G. and Ford, D. (2007) "Social Work in the UK and the Global Labour Market," International Journal of Social Work volume 50 issue 1
Barton, A. and Welbourne, P. (2005) “Context and its Significance in Child Protection Research” Child Abuse Review 2005 vol 14 (3) 177 - 194
Welbourne, P. (2002) "Videotaped Evidence of Children: Application and Implications of the Memorandum of Good Practice", British Journal of Social Work (2002) 32 553 - 571.
Welbourne, P. (2002) "Adoption and the Rights of Children in the UK", International Journal of Children's Rights, 10 269 - 289
Welbourne, P. (2002) "Child Abuse, Culture and Social Work Interventions", Child Abuse Review 11 245 - 358
Welbourne, P. (2000) “Child abuse in the UK: Current developments in conceptualisation and practice,” Journal of International and Comparative Social Welfare 2000(16) 14 - 23
Welbourne, P. and Dixon, J. (eds.) (2013) Child Protection and Child Welfare: A Global Appraisal of Cultures, Policy and Practice, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Welbourne, P. (2012) Social Work with Children and Families: Developing Advanced Practice London: Routledge
Weiss, I. and Welbourne, P. (eds.) (2007) Social Work as a Profession: A Comparative Cross- National Comparison, London: BASW/ Venture Press.
Welbourne, P. (2018) 'Child protection and theory' in Malcolm Payne (ed.) "Routledge Handbook on Social Work Theory" (2018) (forthcoming), London: Routledge
Welbourne, P. and Leeson, C. (2013) "The Education of Children in Care: A Research Review" in Sonia Jackson, Ed. "Pathways Through Education for Young People in Care", London: BAAF.
Welbourne, P. (2010) “Accountability,” in The Law for Social Workers, Open University / Palgrave.
Welbourne, P., Harrison, G. and Ford, D. (2006) “The Ethical Dimensions of Social Work Recruitment,” in International Labour Mobility in Social Work, Eds. Lyons, K. and Littlechild, B. Birmingham: Venture Press/ BASW
Welbourne, P. (2002) "Adoption, Attachment and Children’s Rights,” Chapter in Changing Families: Adoption Today (2002) Eds. Philpot, T and Douglas, A., London: Routledge.
Welbourne, P. (2001) "Service user and practice perspectives - Issues for Practice", chapter in "The Law and Social Work: Contemporary Issues for Practice", eds. Cull, L-A and Roche, J. Basingstoke: Palgrave/Open University
Reports:Ipsos Mori / P. Welbourne / R. Cook ( 2014) "The Public Law Outline: An Action Research Study" London: Ministry of Justice, available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment data/file/304477/action-research-to-explore-plo-implementation-and-early-impacts.pdf
Welbourne, P. (2008) Interagency working among early career social workers, Final Report to Skills for Care / Children’s Workforce Development Council, University of Plymouth.
Sheppard, M., Welbourne, P. and McDonald, P. (2006) The Development of a Parenting Model Framework for Children’s Centres, Unpublished final report to National Children’s Homes (South West)
Welbourne, P. and Lea, S. (2002) Evaluator’s Report for the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales concerning the CARA Project, Plymouth, University of Plymouth.
"Accountability and Children in Care," Keynote speaker: The Future of Corporate Parenting in Wales: Best Practice and Reform Conference, Care Matters Partnership with Children In Wales, Cardiff, Septermber 16th 2010.
"Global Social Work: A Code of Ethics for Social work Recruitment in the UK," IASSW Conference on Global social Work, Santiago, Chile, August 2006.