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Journal of Children’s Services – new editorial team from 2018

Emerald Publishing Ltd is pleased to welcome a new editorial team for 2018 from the Institute of Applied Social Research at the University of Bedfordshire, UK

The new editorial team for the Journal of Children’s Services are:

Editor

Professor Emily Munro
Goldberg Professor of Social Work Research; Director, Institute of Applied Social Research; Director, Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care, University of Bedfordshire, UK

Associate editors
Dr Helen Beckett
Director of the International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking and Reader in Child Protection and Children's Rights, University of Bedfordshire, UK

Dr Lisa Bostock
Senior Research Fellow, University of Bedfordshire, UK

Dr Carlene Firmin
Principal Research Fellow, University of Bedfordshire, UK

David Westlake
Senior Research Fellow, University of Bedfordshire, UK

The publisher and the new editorial team will continue to encourage the international development of research-based, outcome-focused services to better safeguard and promote the well-being of children and their families.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing editor, Dr Nick Axford and the journal’s founding co-editor Dr Michael Little and the rest of the editorial team at the Dartington Social Research Unit for all their work in establishing the Journal and its excellent reputation in the field of children’s services.

For more information:

Please see the biographies for the new editorial team below.

For more information on the Journal of Children’s Services please visit the journal’s homepage: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/jcs.htm and sign up to receive Table of Contents Alerts so that you are notified as soon as new content is published.

New submissions are welcome for 2018 publication, please see the journal’s Author Guidelines here: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=jcs 

Submissions are made online using the ScholarOne submission and peer review site:

The journal’s current call for papers is available here: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=5209

We are currently commissioning in the following topic areas:
•    innovations in the design and delivery of services for children
•    enhancing professional practice
•    scaling and spreading evidence-informed practices to different contexts and settings
•    the concept of 'what works', including standards of evidence and economic evaluation
•    practitioner-led enquiry and co-production
•    service user participation and engagement
•    dynamics and outcomes of multi-agency and inter-disciplinary working
•    the interface between children’s and adult services
•    comparative child welfare policy and practice

For any further enquiries please contact Jo Sharrocks, Publisher at [email protected] or the new editorial team via Professor Emily Munro at [email protected]

Professor Emily Munro
is Director of the Institute of Applied Social Research and the Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care.  Her research focuses on social work decision-making to protect and promote the wellbeing of looked after children. She has also undertaken an extensive body of research on young people’s transitions from care to adulthood.

Dr Lisa Bostock is Senior Research Fellow at the Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care, University of Bedfordshire. She has worked across housing, health and children's and adult social care in Britain and Australia. Lisa’s research focuses on relationship-based practice, enhancing staff supervision and learning across disciplines to improve outcomes for people using services.

Dr Helen Beckett is Director of the International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking and a Reader in Child Protection and Children’s Rights at the University of Bedfordshire.  She holds particular specialism in CSE and related adolescent safeguarding issues, and in ethics around engaging vulnerable individuals in sensitive research.

Dr Carlene Firmin is a Principal Research Fellow at the International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking where she leads their research programmes on Contextual Safeguarding and peer-on-peer abuse. She holds particular specialism and interest in group-based offending and victimisation, safeguarding adolescents and extra-familial risk and Bourdieusian social theory, using case review and practitioner observation methodologies to co-create knowledge and practice resources. 

David Westlake is a Senior Research Fellow at the Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care at the University of Bedfordshire. He is interested in how research can make a difference in the real world, and specialises in evaluating different ways of doing social work. In recent years David has been involved in a number of large scale evaluations of social work services across England.