Dr Christine Jones

Senior Lecturer

Social Work and Social Policy

Personal statement

I joined the University of Strathclyde in October 2015 as Course Leader for the BA Education and Social Services. After completing my PhD at Durham University in 2009 I was awarded an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, which I undertook at the University of Edinburgh. From 2010 to 2013 I worked as a lecturer in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University supporting the delivery of the MA Social Work and BA Sociology programmes and in the position of Acting Programme Director for the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Social Work with Children, Young People, their Families and Carers. Immediately before my move to Strathclyde University I was a lecturer in the NSPPC/University of Edinburgh Child Protection Research Centre.

My research is concerned with the intersection of state policies, welfare practices and family relationships. I have a particular focus on the experiences and outcomes of care-experienced children and adults and the impact of state interventions on family practices. I am currently PI on a study of the impact and effectiveness of Adoption UK's TESSA post-adoption support programme. I am also conducting a programme of work on the sibling relationships of children in foster care and adoption. Other completed projects include a study of the views of maltreated deaf and disabled children and young people about the child protection system, a mapping review of UK child protection research published 2010-14; a critical review of integrated theories of the aetiology of child sexual abuse and child physical abuse and a collaboration between the universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Strathclyde, the Fostering Network and Quarriers exploring barriers and enablers of permanency for disabled children.

I am a member of the ESRC Peer Review College and the Coram BAAF Research Group Advisory Committee. I am a Trustee of the Adoption and Fostering Alliance and an advisor for Adoption UK. I am co-founder of Stand Up For Siblings, a collaboration between a number of agencies promoting sibling relationships of children in public care (www.standupforsiblings.co.uk).


Advancing the science of literature reviewing in social research : the focused mapping review and synthesis
Bradbury-Jones Carolyn, Breckenridge Jenna P, Clarke Maria T, Herber Oliver R, Jones Christine, Taylor Julie
International Journal of Social Research Methodology Vol 22, pp. 451-462 (2019)
Relative strangers : sibling estrangements experienced by children in out-of-home care and moving towards permanence
Jones Christine, Henderson Gillian, Woods Ruth
Children and Youth Services Review Vol 103, pp. 226-235 (2019)
The aetiology of child sexual abuse : a critical review of the empirical evidence
Clayton Estelle, Jones Christine, Brown Jon, Taylor Julie
Child Abuse Review Vol 27, pp. 181-197 (2018)
Growing up with parental imprisonment : children’s experiences of managing stigma, secrecy and shame
McGinley Maria, Jones Christine
Practice: Social Work in Action Vol 30, pp. 341-357 (2018)
Prioritising Sibling Relationships for Looked After Children
Jones Fiona, Jones Christine
Sibling birth order, use of statutory measures and patterns of placement for children in public care : implications for international child protection systems and research
Henderson Gillian, Jones Christine, Woods Ruth
Children and Youth Services Review (2017)

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Estrangement from siblings experienced by looked after children
Child & Family Social Work (Journal)
Peer reviewer

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Impact and implementation evaluation of TESSA - TESSA Families Study
Jones, Christine (Principal Investigator) Sosu, Edward (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2024
Assessment and support of the sibling relationships of long-term fostered and adopted children
Jones, Christine (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2017

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Social Work and Social Policy
Lord Hope Building

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