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David Hayes

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BA (Hons), MSc, PhD (Queen's University of Belfast)
Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (1988)
Practice Teachers Award (1994 )
Post-Qualifying Award in Social Work (1996)
Advanced Award in Social Work (1999)
Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (2008)

Lecturer in Social Work
Room 1.13, 6 College Park
Ext: 5971; Email:

Following qualification as a Social Worker I worked for ten years in the Family & Child Care programme, North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust (now part of the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust).  During this time I was involved in the delivery of child protection and family support services and I also participated in the out-of-hours emergency duty system.  Before coming to Queen's I worked as a Training and Development Coordinator in the Trust's Training Team where I had lead responsibility for children's services training.  I was seconded to Queen’s in October 2002 on a Research Education and Training Fellowship awarded by the Research and Development Office of the Northern Ireland Health and Personal Social Services.  I took up post as Lecturer in Social Work in February 2005.

My research interests include the interface between child protection and family support, family perspectives on child welfare interventions, family involvement in the child protection processes, social work decision-making, family group conferencing and parental substance misuse.  I am a member of the ‘Family Policy and Child Welfare’ research cluster within the School as well as the ‘Research Forum for the Child’ and the ‘Child Care Research Forum'.

I am also a member of the:

Teaching Interests

I am Module Convenor for 'Introduction to Social Work' on the undergraduate route (UGR).  I also contribute to specialist teaching on social work with children and families, and social work theory and skills, and tutor on a number of modules at undergraduate level.


Duffy, J. and Hayes, D. (in press) Social Work Students Learn About Social Work Values from Service Users and Carers, Ethics and Social Welfare.

Canavan, M. and Hayes, D. (2009) An Innovative Model for the Provision of Practice Learning Opportunities in Family and Child Care: Newry Student Unit, Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Child Care in Practice, 15 (4), 327-340.

Hayes, D. and Spratt, T. (2009). 'Child Welfare Interventions: Patterns of Social Work Practice', British Journal of Social Work, Advance Access published on 26th June 2008,  doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcn098.

Hayes, D. and Houston, S. (2007). 'Lifeworld, System and Family Group Conferences: Habermas' Contribution to Discourse in Child Protection British Journal of Social Work.

Hayes, D. (2006). 'Re-balanced and Re-focused Social Work Practice?', Child Care in Practice, 12 (2), 97-112.

Hayes, D. (2005). 'Gaining Access to Data Sources in Statutory Social Work Agencies: The Long and Winding Road', British Journal of Social Work, 35 (7), 1193-1202.

Hayes, D. and Devaney, J. (2004). ‘Accessing Social Work Case Files for Research Purposes: Some Issues and Problems', Qualitative Social Work, 3 (3), 313-333.

Hayes, D. and McCullough, W. (2001). 'Exploring the Views of Police Officers on the Use of Video Taped Evidence in Child Abuse Cases in Northern Ireland', Journal of Social Work Research and Evaluation, 2 (1), 57-72.

Hayes, D. (2000). 'The Use of Family Group Conferences in Child Protection Work: An Exploration of Professionals' Views', Child Care in Practice, 6 (2), 124-146.

Hayes, D. (1997). 'Parental Participation at Child Protection Case Conferences: An Evaluation of Practice in North and West Belfast', Child Care in Practice, 4 (2), 159-180.

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