Dr. John Wainwright

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington Building, HA303

+44 (0) 1772 89 3460


Subject Areas: Social Work, Social Policy and Community Care

John’s social work experience has spanned several years of practice, education and management mainly within the City of Liverpool. He teaches social work values, research methods, ethnicity. and social work. His research interests centre around ethnicity, and social work with a particular focus on children, young people and their families.

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John is interested in the intersection between ethnicity, racism and social work practice. His research has focused on the experiences of of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) social workers and their contribution to practice. He has a ongoing involvement in research focusing on ethnicity, and adoption and the effects of racism and multi-dimensional ethnic identities on the experiences and outcomes of adoption placements for children and adoptive families.


Ridley, Julie and Wainwright, John Peter (2013) Themes, Issues and Practice Dilemmas in Ethnically Matched Adoption Placements. The International Journal of Diverse Identities, 12 (2). pp. 25-36.

Wainwright, John Peter and Ridley, Julie (2012) Matching, Ethnicity and Identity. Reflections on the practice and realities of ethnic matching in adoption. Adoption and Fostering, 36 (3). pp. 50-61. ISSN 0308-5759

Ridley J. and Wainwright J., with Davda P. (2010) ‘Black’ families for ‘black’ children?: An Evaluation of Action for Children’s Practice in Ethnically Matching Black, Asian and Dual Heritage Children for Adoption. Action For Children: London.

Temple B. And Wainwright J (2010) A daily occurrence: Exploring the experiences of people who use the Sophie Lancaster website. Sophie Lancaster Foundation: Preston.

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Research Activities

  • Youth offending
  • Adoption and ethnicity
  • Mental health and ethnicity
  • Black and minority ethnic students

Research Projects

  • Strategies that work in youth offending interventions in the north west of England
  • A comparative analysis of adoption and ethnicity placements.
  • Experiences of black and minority ethnic mental health service users in Merseyside.

External Responsibilities

  • Chairperson and Trustee - Mary Seacole House - BME Mental Health Project in Merseyside
  • Reviewer for Journal of Diversity
  • Reviewer for Social Work Education

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  • PhD (Anti)-racism and Social Work- University of Liverpool 2003
  • Further Adult Education Teaching Certificate – Liverpool Community College 1994
  • CCETSW Practice Teachers Award - John Moores University . 1992
  • PG Diploma Applied Social Studies/CQSW - University of Liverpool 1988
  • B. A. (Hons) Applied Social Sciences and History - Edge Hill . 1986


2011 - Black families for black children? The practice of matching Black, Asian and dual heritage children - Workshop at BAAF Conference. London

2011 - Black families for black children? Workshop at the 1st European Social Work and Social Care Research Conference, Oxford

2009 - Anti-Racism, and the Black Practice Teachers' Project - Workshop at National Organisation of Pratice Teachers - Birmingham

2008 Grand Beliefs and Practice Realities: Does Social Work Really Matter? Social Work Action Network. Kinney M. and Wainwright J. Liverpool Hope University.

2007 - Working with Black and Minority Ethnic Families : Child Neglect and Protection - Workshop at Conference on Neglect for Lancashire County Council

2006 The Discourse of Black practice teachers and students – Black Colloquium – London South Bank University.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

On the BA in Social Work and MA in Social Work – Children and families, Social work values, Social work methods, Ethnicity and research methods

BA in Community and Social Care Practice - Power and oppression, Racism and ethnicity, and Community's Social research

Research Degree Tutor

PhD Supervision
Director of Studies - Chijioke Obasi - Equal and Diverse? Perspectives from Black Women and Deaf Women Working in the Northwest Public Sector
Member of Supervision Team - Katarzyna Koterba - Polish migrants’ views of their integration and role of community cohesion in North West England
Member of Supervision Team - Hilda Nankunda - The Role of Child Rights Institutions in promoting children's awareness of their rights.


HCPC - Registered Social Worker