Patrick Ayre worked for twenty years in local authority child protection services, after qualifying as a social worker. He now divides his time between his child welfare consultancy business and teaching and research at the University of Luton.
Norma Baldwin is Professor of Child Care and Protection at the Univeristy of Dundee. Her research interests are in links between disadvantage and harm; neighbourhood approaches to prevention; individual and community-wide assessment of need and risk. She works extensively with local and health authorities and in the voluntary sector on strategic planning and on the evaluation of services.
Helen Buckley is a senior lecturer at the University of Dublin, Trinity College. She formerly worked in local authority social work and has previously published on child protection policy and practice, multidisciplinary collaboration and assessment of vulnerable children and families.
Christine Cocker is a Principal Lecturer of Social Work at Middlesex University. She has considerable experience working in the fields of child protection and looked-after children in both the statutory and voluntary sector. Her most recent research has been on the mental health needs of looked-after children. Christine is also a social work consultant for NCH – The Bridge Childcare Development Service, having worked there previously as Service Development Director.
Brigid Daniel is Professor of Child Care and Protection in the Department of Social Work at the University of Dundee. She is a qualified social worker and has worked in local authority children and families social work. She was a member of the multidisciplinary team that carried out a Ministerial national audit and review of child protection in Scotland. She is co-author of books on child development, working with fathers and on the promotion of resilience, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Renuka Jeyarajah Dent is an educational psychologist and Director of NCH – The Bridge. NCH – The Bridge has a respected reputation for undertaking serious case reviews and to date has completed more than 50 of these.
Richard Fountain is the service manager for Family Support and Child Protection with Luton Social Services. During thirty years of service he has constantly sought to improve services in relation to neglect. He helped establish GCP as a multi-agency tool.
Mary Glasgow is a service manager within a large Scottish voluntary organization. She has been in social work practice since qualifying in 1991. She has held a number of