Projects per year
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). My current teaching is around policy development. I have broader teaching interests is residential child care, ethics and social work theory and a particular interest in professional education.
I was a practitioner and manager in residential child care settings for almost 20 years before entering academia. My first academic post was at the University of Strathclyde, where I set up and taught a Masters programme in residential child care. In 2005, I moved to the University of Edinburgh as lecturer, and subsequently, senior lecturer, in social work. I served as head of social work there from 2013 - 2017. I joined the University of Dundee as Professor of Social Work in 2017. My wife and I are respite and foster carers, which maintains a link with direct care practice.
I have a broad range of research and writing interests. I have published three books on residential child care, one of which is translated into Japanese, and two edited volumes on moral panics and on social work in a changing Scotland. I am writing a further book on the stories of boys (now men) who were brought up in a residential school in the 1980s. I regularly publish articles in high ranking journals. My writing and research interests lie in the areas of care and upbringing, social pedagogy, social work ethics and theorising social work. I have a particular current interest in historical abuse in residential child care.
I would be interested in supervising PhDs in any of the above areas, or more broadly, through negotiation.
2015 → 2016
Award Date: 28 Jul 2016
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
2007 → 2013
Award Date: 14 Nov 2013
Master of Education, University of Edinburgh
1987 → 1991
Award Date: 31 Oct 1991
University of Stirling
1985 → 1987
Award Date: 29 Jun 1987
Master of Arts, University of St Andrews
Oct 1977 → Jul 1981
Award Date: 9 Jul 1981
African Social Work Writing Workshop(with Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Nigeria)
31/01/20 → 29/09/20
Research Output per year
Research output: Book/Report › Other report
The politics and ethics of research into ‘wicked’ social problems: The case of Jimmy Savile at DuncroftSmith, M., 30 Jul 2019, Designing and Conducting Research in Social Science, Health and Social Care. McSweeney, F. & Williams, D. (eds.). 1 ed. Taylor & Francis, 13 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed)
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report