School of Social Work, Care and Community
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Subject Areas: Social Work, Social Policy and Community Care
Pat Cox has been a member of the School of Social Work for 16 years. Since October 2008 she has been school lead for research-informed teaching. Her publications include the co-edited book 'Qualitative Research and Social Change: European Contexts' (Palgrave Macmillan).
Pat is a member of the Children, Young People and Families Research Group.
Pat Cox's research, publications and teaching are influenced by her study of English, Sociology, German and Social Work. Her publications and research examine experiences and issues in the lives of children, young people and their families, with a particular focus on their experiences of migration.
Recent research includes: an international longitudinal review of social work research studies (in the English and German languages) into migration; refugee and asylum-seeking families' experiences of child safeguarding systems; evaluation of a homeless young people’s housing project; a Knowledge Review for SCIE on child wellbeing and parental mental health; research into the provision of institutional and fostering care in Moldova; research with survivors of child sexual abuse and their safe carers and research into the views of parents and carers involved in safeguarding procedures. She has co-researched with young people and has established strong links with colleagues who share her research interests across mainland Europe and beyond.
Current research also addresses unaccompanied asylum-seeking children & adolescents and sexual and reproductive health issues; social work, social work education and environmental concerns; somatic movement and the body as an absent presence in social work education and practice.
MA Social Science Research Methods, Sheffield Hallam University;
Certificate of Qualification in Social Work and Diploma in Applied Social Studies, University of Liverpool;
Diploma in Social Administration, University of Liverpool;
BA Honours in English, University of Southampton.
Cox, P. (2015) Transnationalism and Social Work Education. In: Transnational Social Review: A Social Work Journal 5, 3, 326-331, doi:10.1080/21931674.2015.1094973
Cox P. (2015) Migration, Work, Social Work and Psycho-Social Theories: Towards Improved Understandings, Knowledge and Practice, 93 -108. In: Geisen, T. and Ottersbach, M. (eds) Arbeit, Migration und Soziale Arbeit: Prozesse der Marginalisierung in modernen Arbeitsgesellschaften, Springer VS Verlag, Wiesbaden, ISBN 978-3658073053.
Cox, P. & Geisen, T. (2014) Migration Perspectives in Social Work Research: Local, National and International Contexts. In: British Journal of Social Work, doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcu044
Whittaker, K., Cox, P., Cocker, K., Thomas, N. (2014) A Qualitative Study of Parents’ Experiences Using Family Support Services: Applying the Concept of Surface and Depth. In: Health and Social Care in the Community, doi: 10.1111/hsc.12101
International and National Recognition Factors
2015 – invited speaker at International Workshop on Return Migration, Circular Migration and Social Work, IMASP/IMISCOE, Malmö University, Sweden.
2015 – invited speaker at International Summer School on Work and Migration: Social Work Perspectives on Workplace Integration. Joint endeavour between Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz Hochschule für Soziale Arbeit; Hogeschool van Amsterdam and Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen, Han University of Applied Sciences.
2014 – invited contributor to peer-reviewed collection of papers published in Transnational Social Review: section ‘Mapping Transnationalism’ (published 2015).
2014 - invited speaker at International Round Table Meeting on Social Work Transnationalism, IMISCOE, Malmö University, Sweden, November 2014;
2012 - member of the Scientific Committee for the 2nd International Childhood and Youth Research Network Conference: Children, Young People and Adults: Extending the Conversation (September 2012, Preston UK).
March 2008 – March 2010, invited member of Research Advisory Group: Migration, Families and Childhood, University of Trier, Germany.
December 2004 - July 2006, invited member of the International Expert Advisory Group for the proposed COST Action Project: ‘Youth and Migration: Aspects of Integration and Participation’.
October 2005 - July 2006, invited member of the Delphi Expert Consultation Panel for Department of Health and Institute of Mental Health (UK) for the Victims of Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme (VVAPP).
2005 - Associate member of the Institut für Regional und MigrationForschung, Germany.
Research (Principal Investigator)
2016 – Joint Principal Investigator with Aisha Hutchinson, Jane March-McDonald, Sarah Neal and Emilia Pietka-Nykaza on systematic research review Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children & Adolescents and Sexual and Reproductive Health Issues;
2014 - Joint Principal Investigator with Jo Guiver, Champika Liyanage and Justyna Urbanczyck on a UCLan cross-School and cross-College longitudinal research study on environment, well-being and sustainability in two communities in Lancashire;
2014-2016 Principal investigator: grant-funded research (£6,000, Barnardos): evaluation of a homeless young people’s housing project for Barnardos North-West;
2014 - Joint Principal Investigator with Julian Manley, Penny Collins and Tim Lamford on a UCLan cross-School and cross-College research study for the integration of somatic movement into the Psychosocial Studies module for BA Social Work;
2011–2014 Joint Principal Investigator with Thomas Geisen on international research study: a survey of social work research studies in the English and German languages focussing on children, young people and their families;
2012-2013 Joint Principal Investigator with Craig Diver and Michelle Crabtree on cross-UK survey of what is taught about environmental issues on qualifying social work courses: ‘Significant by their absence’?
2010-2013 Research on MA Placements (School of Social Work, UCLan);
2008-2010: (£2,500: BASPCAN) Safeguarding Asylum-Seeking and Refugee Children and Young People in Local Communities
2009 Research into Research-Informed Teaching in the School of Social Work (UCLan)
2007 Grant funded research: (proportion of total grant of £17,150 secured by A. Bilson for Everychild Eastern Europe/South Caucasus Research) on behalf of EveryChild UK for review of child care and fostering provision in Moldova: I was the principal investigator in Moldova (one of the countries whose provision was reviewed in this research);
2002-2006 Grant funded research (£60,000: Sure Start): evaluation of a Sure Start project (joint research with Department of Psychology at University of Central Lancashire as junior partner);
2002-2003 Grant funded research (£6,000: NCH Action for Children): to assess the benefits for young women, young men and their parents of a service for young people who were excluded from mainstream education;
1999-2000 Grant-funded research: (£2,000) on behalf of a Steering Committee for a proposed new service offering support to children, young women and young men who were survivors of sexual abuse, and to their safe carers;
1996-1997 (Knowsley Social Services): parents’ and carers’ experiences of child protection processes;
1992-1994 (Manchester Child Protection Co-ordination Unit): parents’ and carers’ views and experiences of attending initial child protection conferences;
1992-1994 (Cheshire and Halton NHS Trust): parents and carers’ views of the role of health visitors in child protection work.
2007 Grant-funded research: (£19,983: Social Care Institute for Excellence) Knowledge Review on Child Well-Being and Parental Mental Health (N. Stanley & Pat Cox);
2007 Grant funded research (£5,000: Save the Children UK): Situational Analysis of education in England (A. Bilson & Pat Cox);
2005 Grant funded research (£2,750: Save the Children Sri Lanka): an Advocacy Document for government policy and agency practice (A. Bilson & Pat Cox);
2002-2003 Grant funded research (Children’s Fund): evaluation of a ‘second wave’ Children’s Fund Project (C. May-Chahal, Pat Cox, Cindy Sharkey);
1992-1995 Grant-funded research (Liverpool Area Child Protection Committee): joint research with Liverpool John Moores University) on behalf of Liverpool Area Child Protection Committee, developing a risk assessment framework for social workers to use in child protection practice.
Associate Member of Institüt für Regional und MigrationForschung, Germany (IRM);
Member of IASSW;
Member of IMISCOE;
Member of International Migration Institute (IMI);
Member of Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA);
Member of the International Green/Environmental Social Work Collaborative Network;
Member of the European Social Work Research Association (ESWRA);
Member of British Association of Social Workers (BASW);
Member of British Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN);
Member of the Editorial Board of the refereed journal British Journal of Social Work (Oxford, OUP) from January 2011 – January 2016;
Member of the Editorial Board of the refereed journal Social Work Education (London, Taylor and Francis) from March 1993 – June 2005;
Member of the Editorial Board of refereed journal Journal of Sexual Aggression (London, Taylor and Francis) August 1995 – December 2008;
Book Review Editor: The Journal of Sexual Aggression (London, Whiting and Birch) from June 1999 to September 2002;
Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the refereed journal Children and Poverty (London, Taylor and Francis) October 1999 – October 2008.
Current second supervisor for PhD student researching social workers’ assessments in situations of child neglect ;
Current second supervisor for PhD student researching children's involvement in schools' planning and design;
Former Director of Studies for a PhD student researching the experiences of children and parents in refugee families;
Former second supervisor for two successfully completed PhD students: one examining the significance of drug use in the search for meaning and identity; the other exploring psycho-social intersections of biographical and professional experiences among mental health nurses;.
Former second supervisor for a student researching help-seeking behaviours in the context of child protection; former second supervisor for a student examining differing constructions of racial crimes.
Social Work School PhD Workshops: February 2012, Writing for Publication; December 2013, Getting Published; May 2014, Thematic Analysis; January 2015, Research and Complexity into Policy (with Julian Manley).
Social Work School Research Awaydays: July 2012, Ethical Issues; November 2014, Impact Unknown and Unknowable: Research-Informed Teaching (with Julian Manley).
Research modules MA Social Work: SW4026, SW4027, SW4036; SW4037; SW4401; School of Nursing Postgraduate Research module NU4026; Psycho-Social Studies SW2053 and SW3074 and Sociology SW1060 on BA Social Work; Research modules SW2201 and SW3028 on BA Social Work. In 2009; co-author and co-facilitator of two workshops on Links Between Theory and Practice for practice educators.
International Conference Presentations
(2015) - invited speaker at International Workshop on Return Migration, Circular Migration and Social Work, IMASP/IMISCOE, Malmö University, Sweden;
(2014) - invited speaker at International Round Table Meeting on Social Work Transnationalism, IMISCOE, Malmö University, Sweden, November 2014;
2014 – invited speaker (with Thomas Geisen) at the Centre for Community Engagement Research Seminar Series, Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies at Goldsmiths University, London: Migration Perspectives in Social Work Research: Local, National and International Contexts, May 2014;
2014 – invited speaker in the Sustainability Responsibility Plus Network Seminar Series at Lancaster University Management School: Towards Understanding Attitudes and Practices in Relation to Sustainability and Environmental Concerns: Responsibilities in Professional Education and Curricula, January 2014;
2014: with Michelle Crabtree and Craig Diver) Environmental Issues; Social Work Education and Social Work, at 1st Conference of the Association of Psychosocial Studies, University of Central Lancashire UK;
(2014): Migration, Work, Social Work and Psychosocial Theories at 1st Conference of the Association of Psychosocial Studies, University of Central Lancashire UK, December 2014;
(2014): Sustainability and Environmental Concerns: Responsibilities in Universities within Professional Education: Developing Understandings of Attitudes and Practices, at 2nd World Symposium on Sustainability in Universities, Manchester Metropolitan University, September 2014;
(2014): Significant by Their Absence? Environmental Issues and Social Work Education at Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, Melbourne, July 2014;
(2014) (with Thomas Geisen): Migration and Mobilities: Implications for Research in Social Work, at Migration und Mobilität Konferenz, Fachhochschule, Köln, July 2014;
(2014) (with J. Manley, J. Guiver and M. Dooris): Past Understandings, Present Learnings, Future Practices, at Memories of the Future Conference, University of London UK, May 2014;
(2013) (with M.O’Brien): What is Social Justice? at What is Justice? Howard League for Penal Reform Conference, Oxford UK, October 2013.
(2012) Recognition: A Conceptual Introduction, at Symposium on Recognition,
School of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire UK, November 2012
(2012) (invited speaker) Conference Paper: Experiences and Perspectives of Migrant Children, Young People and Their Families: Some Implications for Researching Education in relation to Religious Faith, Citizenship, ‘Race’ andGender, at Intersections between Education, Religion and Citizenship among Minority Families Conference, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, October 2012. The purpose of this conference was to develop pan-European research bids on the subject of migration, faith and education;
(2012; invited speakers only) Experiences and Perspectives of Migrant Children, Young People and Their Families: Some Implications for Researching Education in relation to Religious Faith, Citizenship, ‘Race’ and Gender, at Intersections between Education, Religion and Citizenship among Minority Families Conference, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, October 2012.
(2012 with T.Geisen) Comparative Research in Social Work into Migration Issues: From Local to National to International Contexts at 2nd European Conference for Social Work Research, Basel, Switzerland.
(2011: with K. Whittaker) Understanding my Life: A Qualitative Study of Parents’ Experiences of Intensive Support at ISPCAN 12th European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, University of Tampere, Finland.
(2011) Child Abuse and Neglect: Changing Responsibilities in this Globalized World, at ISPCAN 12th European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, University of Tampere, Finland.
(2011) Paper: ‘Culture’, ‘Race’ ‘Integration’ and ‘Migration’: Competence or Critical Engagement? at Migration und Kultur Konferenz, University of Klagenfurt, Austria, June 2011.
(2010) Paper: Migration, Families and Service Delivery: Critical Perspectives, at Migration und Familie Konferenz, University of Basel, Basel, June 2010.
(2008) Paper: Participation or Exclusion? Migrant Families, Existing Policy and Legal Requirements, at Migration, Partizipation und Ausgrenzung Konferenz, University of Trier, Trier, July 2008.
(2008) Paper: Looking Back and Moving Forwards – Seeking Conditions and Connections for a Radical Social Work Discourse and Praxis. Symposium on ‘Contemporary and Historical Reflections on the Politics of Health and Social Work’, at 13th International Conference: Alternative Futures and Popular Protest, Manchester Metropolitan University, March 2008.
(2007) Paper: Significant By Their Absence? Children and Young People in Discourses of Migration and Inequality, at Migration und Ungleicheit Konferenz, University of Trier, Trier, June 2007.
(2007) Paper: Making Sense of Health and Social Care Service User Participation in a University Setting: The Relevance of Social Movement Theory, at 12th International Conference: Alternative Futures and Popular Protest, Manchester Metropolitan University, April 2007.
(2006) Plenary Paper: Social Change and Education: Explorations of Policy Conflicts and Their Impact on Social Work Education, at Migration, Bildung und sozialer Wandel Konferenz, University of Trier, Trier, July 2006.
(2006) Paper: Questions of Recognition and Cohesion: Some Preliminary Explorations, at DgfE Konferenz: Bildung, Macht, Gesellschaft, at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, March 2006.
(2005) Paper: Exploring Learnings in Evaluation: The Contribution of Complexity Science, at 5th International Conference on Evaluation for Practice, University of Huddersfield, UK, July 2005.
(2005) Paper: Changing Perspectives in Child and Childhood Research: The Contribution of Complexity Science, at Childhoods 2005: Children and Youth in Emerging and Transforming Societies Conference, University of Oslo, Norway, June-July 2005.
(2005) Poster: Developments in Qualitative Research: The Contribution of Complexity Science, at 11th International Qualitative Health Research Conference, University of Utrecht, Holland, May 2005.
(2004) Paper: Research Practice and Process in Community Settings, at Face of Research in European Social Development Conference, University of Graz, Austria, September 2004.
(2004) Paper: Reflexivity, Empowerment and Evaluation Research at Fifth Qualitative Conference in Health and Social Care, University of Bournemouth, September 2004.
(2004) Paper: Action Research and Young People: A Vision of Collaboration, at Sixth International Social Science Methodology Conference, University of Amsterdam, Holland, August 2004.
(2004) Paper: Processes in Research into Sensitive Topics, at Sixth International Social Science Methodology Conference, University of Amsterdam, Holland, August 2004.
(2003) Paper: Participation and Sustainability: Researchers’ Responsibilities in Community-Based Research, at Fifth International Collaborative Conversations Conference, University of Bournemouth UK, September 2003.
(2002) Paper: Present or Absent? Where Are Children, Young People and Adults Positioned in Research into Services for Children and Young People? at Qualitative Research in Health and Social Care Conference, University of Bournemouth UK, September 2002.
(2000) Paper/Workshop: Communities, Social Capital and Social Responsibility: Reducing the Distance and Owning the Problems, at Healthy Responses to Sexual Offending: The Individual, The Family and The Community NOTA Conference, City University, Dublin, Eire, September 2000.
(2000) Paper: Raising Awareness and Re-visiting Practice: Feminist Analyses and Child Sexual Assault at Evaluation for Practice Conference, University of Huddersfield, July 2000.
(1998) Paper: Taking Proper Care of Our Resources - For the Sake of All Our Futures at International Conference on Adolescent Health, London, October 1998.
(1998) Paper: Protecting Children, Young Women and Young Men in an Adult-Centred Society at Child Welfare and Social Action Conference, University of Liverpool, July 1998.
(1998) Paper: ‘Societal Avoidance’ (Summit) Is Still a Matter of Concern at 2nd International Conference in Health and Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia, January 1998.
(1997) Paper: Challenges and Opportunities: Protecting Children, Young Women and Young Men in a Changing Europe at Culture and Identity Conference, Dublin, Eire, August 1997.
(1995) Paper: Celebrating the Gains: Addressing the Gaps - Protecting Children in an Adult-Centred Society at Youth 2000 Conference, University of Teesside UK, July 1995.
(1993) Paper: Re-thinking Child Abuse and Neglect: a Challenge for Professional Workers at Fourth European Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Padua, March 1993.
(1992) Paper: ‘Professional Survival’ - A Double Jeopardy: Some Implications for Training, Education and Practice at Surviving Childhood Adversity Conference, Trinity College, Dublin, Eire, July 1992.
National conference presentations (15)
(2010) Paper: Safeguarding Refugee and Asylum-Seeking Children in Local Communities, at Issues in Safeguarding Refugee and Asylum-Seeking Children BASPCAN and UCLan Joint Conference, University of Central Lancashire, April 2010.
(2009) Paper: Partnership or Separation: The Relevance – Or Not - of von Humboldt’s Principle of Unity in Research and Education, at Partnerships, Elevation and Shared Identity Conference, University of Central Lancashire, June 2009.
(2006) Paper: The Impact of Research – Exploring What Research Might Look Like through the Lens of Complexity Science, at Informing Healthcare Practice through Research Conference, Department of Nursing, University of Central Lancashire, May 2006.
(2004) Poster and Presentation: Successes and Challenges - Involving Young People in Community-Based Research: Report of an Evaluation, at INVOLVE: People at the Heart of Research Conference, University of Nottingham, November 2004.
(2003) Paper/Workshop: Working Towards Working Together: Developing Effective Research and Practice in the Field of Child Sexual Abuse, at Working Towards Working Together – Sharing What We Know NOTA Conference, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, September 2003.
(2003) Paper: Strengthening the Research and Practice Links: Methodological Issues in Research into Services for Children and Young People at Child Maltreatment - Strengthening the Links – Research, Policy and Practice: BASPCAN Fifth National Congress, University of York, July 2003.
(2003) Paper: Evaluation Research, Empowerment and Practice: Improving Services for Children and Young People at: Child Maltreatment: Strengthening the Links – Research, Policy and Practice: BASPCAN Fifth National Congress University of York, July 2003.
(2001) Paper/Workshop: Social Capital in Neighbourhoods and Communities: Creating Child Protection Strategies Close to Home, at It’s Everybody’s Business: Integrated Approaches to Working with Sexually Abusive Behaviour NOTA (Scotland) Conference, Stirling, April 2001.
(2000) Paper: Protecting Children Effectively Requires Us to Re-think our Assumptions and Practices at Meeting Children’s Needs: The Opportunity for Change in Child Protection, BASPCAN Conference, University of York UK, September 2000.
(1996) Paper: Whose Narratives are Being Heard? at Sexual Politics in Higher Education Conference, University of Northumbria, March 1996.
(1996) Paper: In Control of Social Work Education? Myths, Perceptions, and Realities at Speaking Our Place Conference, University of Central Lancashire, March 1996 .
(1995) Paper: The Theory and Practice of Risk Assessment at ESRC Risk in Organisational Settings Conference, London, May 1995.
(1994) Paper: From Theory to Practice: Partnership between Two Higher Education Institutions, an Area Child Protection Committee and a Social Services Department at
Working in Partnership Conference, University of Bristol, July 1994.
(1993) Paper: Gender Issues in Child Sexual Abuse - Significant by their Absence? at Social Policy in the City Conference, University of Liverpool, July 1993.
(1992) Paper: Feminist Politics in Social Work Education at Women’s Studies, Women’s Movements, Women’s Lives Conference, University of Central Lancashire, July 1992.
2013 - Member of Research Teaching in Social Work Education Working Party, Research Sub-Committee of the Joint University Council Social Work Education Committee UK.
2011 - Member of Editorial board of British Journal of Social Work.
2011 - Representative for UCLan School of Social Work on the Research Sub-Committee of the Joint University Council Social Work Education Committee.
2005 - Associate member of the Institut für Regional und MigrationForschung, Germany.