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Ms Jennifer Davidson


Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children (CELCIS)

Personal statement


Has expertise in:

    • 'Looked after' children, child welfare and child and youth care
    • International children's rights
    • Alternative care systems, international care reform and the United Nations Guidelines on the Alternative Care of Children
    • Workforce development
    • Knowledge mobilisation



Developing family-based care : complexities in implementing the UN guidelines for the alternative care of children
Davidson Jennifer C., Milligan Ian, Quinn Neil, Cantwell Nigel, Elsley Susan
European Journal of Social Work Vol 20, pp. 754-769, (2017)
Moving forward : towards a rights-based paradigm for young people transitioning out of care
Quinn Neil, Davidson Jennifer, Milligan Ian, Elsley Susan, Cantwell Nigel
International Social Work Vol 60, pp. 140-155, (2017)
Closing the implementation gap : moving forward the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children
Davidson Jennifer
International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies Vol 6, pp. 379-387, (2015)
Welcoming a national inquiry on in-care historic abuse in Scotland
Davidson Jennifer
Professional Social Work Vol 2015, (2015)
Moving Forward : Implementing The United Nations Guidelines For The Alternative Care Of Children
Cantwell Nigel, Davidson Jennifer, Elsley Susan, Milligan Ian, Quinn Neil
Residential care for children and young people : priority areas for change
Davidson Jennifer C.
Child Abuse Review Vol 19, pp. 405-422, (2010)

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Professional activities

Expectations of the South African Children’s Act: Transforming Child and Youth Care Centres.
Invited speaker
International Social Work (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Umsetzung der Leitlinien für alternative Formen der Betreuung von Kindern
Keynote/plenary speaker
Holyrood Conference on Looked After Children
Keynote/plenary speaker
Joint New York University - Strathclyde University public policy social work workshop
Congres de la Fédération Internationale des Communautés Educatives (FICE)
Keynote/plenary speaker

more professional activities


Leadership of the SG Looked After Children Strategic Implementation Group Programme Office Secretariat (2010)
Davidson, Jennifer (Academic)
Period 01-Apr-2010 - 31-Mar-2011
Leadership of the National Residential Child Care Initiative (2009)
Davidson, Jennifer (Academic)
Period 01-Apr-2009 - 31-Mar-2010
Tracking Progress: Implementing the 'Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children'
Davidson, Jennifer (Academic)
The development of a global tracking tool to measure the degree of implementation of the UN Guidelines at State level
Period 01-Feb-2014 - 01-Dec-2014
Moving Forward: Implementing the ‘Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children
Davidson, Jennifer (Academic)
International handbook for the implementation of UN Guidelines
Period 01-Jan-2011 - 31-Dec-2012
Acknowledgement and Accountability Forum on historic abuse in Scotland
Davidson, Jennifer (Principal Investigator) Hawthorn, Moyra (Co-investigator)
Period 15-Sep-2009 - 31-Dec-2009

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Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children (CELCIS)
Curran Building

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