University experts head up academic social services journal

Published: 15 January 2007 at 10:27

Two senior research experts from the UK have teamed up to co-edit a journal which focuses on the work of the caring services.

Dr Greg Mantle from Anglia Ruskin University and Professor Andrew Pithouse from Cardiff University, have both practised in social workand taught and researched in higher education for a number of years. As a result of their extensive experience and connections within the sector, they have been asked to edit Research, Policy and Planning, the Journal of the Social Services Research Group from this year.

Andrew has been principal investigator for many child and family support related projects that have promoted advances in conceptual development, practice innovation and system building across voluntary and statutory sectors. Greg is currently researching how Children and Family Court reporters establish the wishes and feelings of children in welfare report enquiries, building on his earlier studies in family court dispute resolution. He also writes about the probation service and about restorative justice.

The journal will now have a new base at Anglia Ruskin University’s Essex campus in Chelmsford within the Faculty of Health and Social Care. Administration for the journal will be undertaken by Sue Harrington, Research Administrator.

Dr Mantle of the new joint appointment said:

“We are delighted at the prospect of managing the content of one of the most prestigious journals in the sector.”

“It is an academic publication of great standing with over 20 years of history behind it and the definitive read for most professionals working within the caring sector. We will be continuing the Journal’s long tradition, by reporting on the latest applied research, demonstrating to our readers the relevance of the findings to policy and practice.”

The Social Services Research Group (SSRG) is an independent network of members drawn from a wide range of professional groups and organisations sharing a common interest in the work of the caring services.

Subjects covered by the Journal range from children’s services planning to inclusion and exclusion issues and from social care for adults to intensive home care provision.