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Nicky Stanley researches in the areas of child welfare and child protection, domestic violence, children’s and young people’s mental health and interprofessional work. She has managed a range of research projects commissioned by national and local government, health trusts and voluntary organisations. She writes for academic and professional publications and teaches both practitioners and qualifying social workers. She is a qualified social worker and she practised in a range of settings with bo
Nicky is a member of the Children, Young People and Families Research Group. She is also a member of the Connect Centre for International Research on New Approaches to Prevent Violence and Harm.
Nicky supervises PhD students on a range of topics including domestic violence, young suicide and interagency work. In the last five years, she has supervised six PhD students through to completion. Current PhD students are researching police risk assessment in relation to victims of domestic violence, boys' use of coercion in intimate relationships and child contact for families involved in child protection court proceedings.
Nicky contributes to a range of programmes and events for students and practitioners including seminars and conferences organised by the Making Research Count partnership. She speaks regularly at national and international conferences. She headed the research team that undertook the national evaluation of Social Work Practices in England. Current projects include an NIHR study in partnership with colleagues at the University of Bristol to develop training for GPs on the links between domestic abuse and child protection and a study of the NHS response to trafficking with colleagues at King’s College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
She has authored books on children’s experiences of domestic violence and mothers’ mental health needs and child protection. She has co-edited books on vulnerable children and the law, domestic violence and child protection, inquiries in health and social care, students’ mental health needs and institutional abuse. She publishes widely in a range of academic and professional journals.
She was Co-Editor of Child Abuse Review and is now a member of the journal’s Editorial Board. She is an advisor to a number of national research projects and a member of the Programme Development Group for the NICE Guideline on the Prevention and Response to Domestic Violence. She is a member of the national steering group for SPN’s Parental Mental Health and Child Welfare Network. She was Chair of the Scientific Committee for BASPCAN Congress 2012 and is a member of the Scientific Committee for ISPCAN’s European Conference in 2013. She is a member of the Social Work and Social Policy Sub-Panel for the REF 2014.
BA (University of Sussex) English, 1976
MA (University of York) Medieval Studies, 1977
MSc (LSE, University of London) Social Policy and Social Work Studies and CQSW, 1982.
Nicky began her career in residential child care work and went on to work in settings for young people with mental health needs and to undertake research into youth unemployment. She trained as a social worker at LSE, University of London, and then worked in one of the first multidisciplinary community mental health services at Dingleton Hospital in the Scottish Borders. She later worked as a GP Liaison Worker in London located in a community based 'patch team'. She moved into education and training when she took up a post training Approved Social Workers in Waltham Forest in London.
From 1994 to 2004, she taught and researched in the Department of Social Work at the University of Hull where, as well as contributing to undergraduate and postgraduate education, she was heavily involved in the training of practitioners. She moved to her current post at the University of Lancashire in September 2004.
She has managed a wide range of research studies on topics such as the service response to domestic violence, young suicide, parental mental health, the mental health of looked after children and the mental health needs of professionals. She is an advisor to a number of national research projects.
She headed the multi-site team undertaking the National Evaluation of Social Work Practices in England. Current projects include an NIHR study in partnership with colleagues at the University of Bristol to develop training for GPs on the links between domestic abuse and child protection and a study of the NHS response to trafficking with colleagues at King’s College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Nicky has published a research review on Children Experiencing Domestic Violence and she has authored a book on mothers' mental health needs and child protection. She has co-edited books on vulnerable children and the law, domestic violence and child protection, inquiries in health and social care, students' mental health needs and institutional abuse. She publishes widely in a range of academic and professional journals.
Selected Recent Articles
Stanley, N., Austerberry, H., Bilson, A., Farrelly, N., Hargreaves, K., Hussein, S., Ingold, A., Manthorpe, J., Ridley, J. and Strange, V. (2012) Establishing Social Work Practices in England: The Early Evidence. British Journal of Social Work, doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcs101
Stanley, N.,Austerberry, H., Bilson, A., Farrelly, N., Hargreaves, K., Hollingworth, K. Hussein, S., Ingold, A., Larkins, C., Manthorpe, J., Ridley, J. and Strange, V. (2012) Evaluation of Social Work Practices, Research Brief. DFE- RB233. London: DfE. Download research brief. (.pdf, 65KB)
Stanley, N.,Austerberry, H., Bilson, A., Farrelly, N., Hargreaves, K., Hollingworth, K. Hussein, S., Ingold, A., Larkins, C., Manthorpe, J., Ridley, J. and Strange, V. (2012) Social Work Practices: Report of the National Evaluation. DFE - RR233. London: DfE. Download research report. (.pdf, 2,709 KB)
Stanley, N. Miller, P. and Richardson Foster, H. (2012) Engaging with Children’s and Parents’ Perspectives on Domestic Violence. Child and Family Social Work, 17, 2, 192–201.
Richardson Foster, H., Stanley, N., Miller, P., and Thomson, G. (2012) Police intervention in domestic violence incidents where children are present: police and children’s perspectives. Policing and Society. 22, (2) 220-234.
Evaluation of Social Work Practices
This national study commissioned by the DCSF is evaluating Social Work Practice (SWP) pilots which have been established in six local authority areas in England and will be evaluated from autumn 2009 for two years. These pilots are testing whether independent, social-worker led organisations can deliver new ways of working and better outcomes for children in addition to increased social worker job satisfaction. The evaluation led by Nicky Stanley is being undertaken in collaboration with staff from the Social Research Unit, Institute of Education, and the Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London. Using a mixed methods approach, data will be collected through interviews and surveys, analysis of documentation, and collection of existing local and national data. The evaluation will reflect a wide range of perspectives, including the views of children and young people (including care leavers), families and staff (managers, social workers) and carers (foster carers, residential staff), as well as professionals working in other agencies.
For more details, contact Susan Hilton, project administrator, at SCHilton@uclan.ac.uk
Evaluation of Service for Male Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
This study, which was undertaken from 2009 to 2011, evaluated the Strength to Change service established in Hull in 2009. The study was funded by NHS Hull and was undertaken in partnership with Acton Shapiro and Dr Niki Graham-Kevan, School of Psychology UCLan.
Strength to Change Final Report
Children and Families Experiencing Domestic Violence: Police and Children’s Services’ Responses
This national study funded by the NSPCC is the first to examine in depth notifications of incidents of domestic violence to children’s services. The research, undertaken between 2007 and 2009, reports on police interventions in 250 incidents of domestic violence where children were involved; the communication of information to children’s social services and social workers’ subsequent filtering, assessment and intervention processes.
Stanley, N., Miller, P., Richardson-Foster, H. and Thomson, G. (2009) Children and Families Experiencing Domestic Violence: Police and Children’s Services’ Responses. London: NSPCC.
Full and summary reports are available at: www.nspcc.org.uk/inform
Men’s Talk: Research to Inform Hull’s Social Marketing Initiative on Domestic Violence
This study was commissioned by NHS Hull to inform a social marketing campaign aimed at male perpetrators of domestic violence. The study, undertaken in 2008, captured men’s understanding of domestic violence and their attitudes to help-seeking. The research has been used to plan and develop the Strength to Change service for perpetrators of domestic violence. Mens Talk Full report
Stanley, N. and Cox, P. (2009) Reviews of Professional Education and Legal and Policy Frameworks on Parental Mental Health and Child Welfare. London: SCIE
Full and summary reports are available from available from Nicky Stanley at NStanley@uclan.ac.uk
Member of Social Work and Social Policy Sub-Panel, REF 2014
Member of NICE Programme Development Group for Guideline on the Prevention and Response to Domestic Violence
Member of Scientific Committee, ISPCAN European Conference 2013
Chair, Scientific Committee, BASPCAN Congress 2012
Member of National Steering Group: SPN Network for Parental Mental Health and Child Welfare.
Editorial Board Member , Child Abuse Review
Co-Editor, Child Abuse Review 2002-2011
Fellow of Higher Education Academy
National Executive, BASPCAN
Association of Professors of Social Work