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John Devaney

Director of Education

BA(Hons), MSc, PhD (Queen's)
CQSW, PQ Award, Advanced Award in Social Work
Senior Lecturer in Social Work
Room 2.17, 6 College Park
Ext. 5907; Email: J.Devaney@qub.ac.uk


I joined the university in 2006 following a career as a social work practitioner and manger in personal social services in Northern Ireland. My research interests lie in the area of the safeguarding of children from abuse and neglect, familial violence, the development of child welfare policy and the impact of childhood adversity in adulthood.

I have conducted studies into the operation of the child protection and looked after children systems in Northern Ireland, and on the issue of domestic violence and I have provided support and advice to central Government on the development and implementation of strategies in relation to violence against the person and child welfare.

Within the School I am a member of the ‘Family Policy and Child Welfare’ Research Cluster as well as the university wide 'Research Forum for the Child'. I am also a member of the:

 


Teaching Responsibility

I am currently the Director of Education for Social Work and I also co-ordinate the BSW module on 'Research for Policy and Practice'. I deliver specialist teaching in the areas of safeguarding children from abuse and neglect, non-accidental child deaths and domestic violence at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

 



Current Research Projects

Study Title Funder

Mobile phones and contact arrangements for children in care

Public Health Agency for Northern Ireland

An international study of decision making in child welfare

Haruv Institute, Israel

Translating Learning into Action: An overview of how the learning arising from case management reviews can influence practice Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety 
An exploratory study of the impact of multiple adverse childhood experiences on health & social well-being throughout the life course Unfunded
A study of the feasibility of combining the Northern Ireland Longitudinal Survey and Social Services Care Administrative and Records Environment (SOSCARE) data to identify and profile children and families with long term and complex needs ESRC and the Public Health Agency for Northern Ireland
The impact of early childhood experiences on adolescent suicide and accidental death   Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People
Evaluation of the Safety in Partnership Approach Western Health & Social Care Trust

Investigating the relationship between disability, domestic abuse and access to maternity healthcare: implications for reproductive health and wellbeing

Wellbeing of Women

 Curriculum Innovation in Quantitative Methods

ESRC

 

Recently Completed Research Projects

The Pilot Crisis Response Service for Callers to the Lifeline Service Impacted by the Sexual Violence Public Awareness Campaign (Nov – Apr 2010): An Evaluation

 Contact NI

Completed February 2011

An Evaluation of the Barnardo’s Safe Choices Service

Barnardo’s and Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Completed Sept 2010

Older Women’s Experiences of Coping with Domestic Violence in Northern Ireland

Chaging Ageing Partnership

Completed January 2010

An evaluation of the draft Protocol to Promote Inter-Agency Working with Children & Families Affected by Substance Misuse

Eastern Drug and Alcohol Co-ordination Committee

Completed June 2009 

An Evaluation of Case Management Review Processes in Northern Ireland and Scoping of Adverse Incident Reporting and Alternative Investigative Systems?

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety 

Completed January 2009 

Looking Out from the Middle - User Involvement in Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland 

Social Care Institute for Excellence 

Completed October 2007 

Chronic Child Abuse: A study of children in the child protection system

Research & Development Office Northern Ireland

Completed September 2004 


Journal Affiliations

Associate Editor for the journal Child Abuse Review http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1099-0852

Chair of the Editorial Board of the journal Child Care in Practice http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cccp20/current 


 

Publications


Peer Review Articles

Devaney, J., Lazenbatt, A. and Bunting, L. (2011) Inquiring into Non-Accidental Child Deaths – Reviewing the Review Process. British Journal of Social Work 41(2): 242-260 doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcq069 http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/content/41/2/242.abstract?sid=9da03696-4ef8-4a3f-94b4-5459d06d6243

Houston, S., Spratt, T. and Devaney, J. (2011) Mandated Prevention in Child Welfare:Considerations from a framework shaping ethical inquiry. Journal of Social Work 11(3): 287-305 doi: 10.1177/1468017310378886 http://jsw.sagepub.com/content/11/3/287.abstract

Coman, W. and Devaney, J. (2011) Reflecting on Outcomes for Looked After Children: An ecological perspective. Child Care in Practice 17(1): 37-53 doi: 10.1080/13575279.2010.522976 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13575279.2010.522976?prevSearch=Devaney&searchHistoryKey=

Davidson, G., Devaney, J. and Spratt, T. (2010) The impact of adversity in childhood on outcomes in adulthood: research lessons and limitations. Journal of Social Work 10(4): 369-390. doi: 10.1177/1468017310378783 http://jsw.sagepub.com/content/10/4/369.abstract

Devaney, J. (2009) Children’s Exposure to Domestic Violence – Holding Men to Account. The Political Quarterly 80(4): 569-574 doi: 10.1111/j.1467-923X.2009.02050.x. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-923X.2009.02050.x/abstract

McMahon, M., Devaney, J. and Lazenbatt, A. (2009) The role of theory in promoting social work values and its potential effect on outcomes in work with domestically violent men. Irish Probation Journal 6: 151-170. http://www.probation.ie/pws/websitepublishingdec09.nsf/Content/Irish+Probation+Journal+2009+Years

Devaney, J. and Spratt, T. (2009) Child abuse as a complex and wicked problem: Reflecting on policy developments in the United Kingdom in working with children and families with multiple problems. Children & Youth Services Review 31(6): 635-641. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2008.12.003. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S019074090800296X

Spratt, T. and Devaney, J. (2009) Identifying families with multiple problems: Perspectives of practitioners and managers in three nations British Journal of Social Work 39(3): 418-434. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcm151. http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/content/39/3/418.abstract?sid=9da03696-4ef8-4a3f-94b4-5459d06d6243

Devaney, J. (2009) Chronic Child Abuse: The Characteristics and Careers of Children Caught in the Child Protection System. British Journal of Social Work 39(1): 24-45. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcm089. http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/content/39/1/24.abstract?sid=61804aa3-649e-43d5-a4e4-a34be9d5edd1

Devaney, J. (2008) Chronic Child Abuse and Domestic Violence – children and families with long-term and complex needs. Child & Family Social Work 13(4): 443-453 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2008.00559.x. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2008.00559.x/abstract

Devaney, J. (2008) Inter-professional working in child protection with families with long-term and complex needs. Child Abuse Review 17(4): 242-261 doi:10.1002/car.1024. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/car.1024/abstract

Devaney, J. (2004) Relating Outcomes to Objectives in Child Protection Child & Family Social Work 9(1): 27-38. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2004.00320.x/abstract

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. http://qsw.sagepub.com/content/3/3/313.abstract

 

Book Chapters

Devaney, J. (in press) ‘Child Abuse’ in Davies, M. (Ed) The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Social Work. Fourth Edition. Wiley Blackwell, Oxford.

Devaney, J. and Reid, C. (2012) ‘Two countries, one border: the challenges and opportunities for protecting children on an all island basis – a critical turning point’ in Burns, K. and Lynch, D. (eds) Children's Rights and Child Protection: Critical Times, Critical Issues in Ireland. Manchester, Manchester University Press.

Devaney, J., McAndrew, F. and Rodgers, T. (2010) ‘Our Children and Young People – Our Shared Responsibility: The Reform Implementation Process in Child Protection Services in Northern Ireland’ in Stafford, A., Vincent, S. and Parton, N. (eds) Child Protection Reform Across the United Kingdom. Edinburgh, Dunedin Academic Press Ltd.

Pinkerton, J. and Devaney, J. (2009) ‘Safeguarding Children: vision, working hypotheses and negotiations’ in Adams, R., Dominelli, L. and Payne, M. (Eds) Critical Practice in Social Work (Second Edition) Hampshire, Palgrave.

Devaney, J. (2008) 'Challenging output based performance management in child protection' in Calder, M. (Ed) Contemporary Risk Assessment. Lyme Regis, Russell House Publishers.

Devaney, J. (2006) 'Child Support Services' in Fitzpatrick, T. et al (2006) International Encyclopaedia of Social Policy London, Routledge.

Devaney, J. (2002) 'Integrating a Research Focus into Supervision and Management Processes' in Kelly, G., McCullough, B. and Smyth, C. (Eds) Promoting Research and Evidence-based Practice - From Rhetoric to Reality Papers from a Conference held in February 2001, Belfast, Northern Ireland Social Care Council.

  

Research Reports

Devaney, J., Bunting, L., Davidson, G., Hayes, D., Lazenbatt, A. and Spratt, T. (2012) The Impact of Early Childhood Experiences on Adolescent Suicide and Accidental Death. Belfast, Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People.

Devaney, J., Lazenbatt, A. and Geraghty, T. (2012) Contact: Researching the past to shape the future. Belfast, Contact NI.

Devaney, J. and Lazenbatt, A. (2011) The Pilot Crisis Response Service for Callers to the Lifeline Service Impacted by the Sexual Violence Public Awareness Campaign (Nov – Apr 2010): An Evaluation. Belfast, Contact NI.

Devaney, J. (2010) An Evaluation of the Barnardo's Safe Choices NI Service. Belfast, Queen's University.

Lazenbatt, A. and Devaney, J. (2010) Older Women's Lifelong Experiences of Coping with Domestic Violence in Northern Ireland . Belfast, Changing Ageing Partnership. http://www.changingageing.org/FileStore/QUBSeminarPrograms/SeedGrantReports/Filetoupload,190610,en.pdf

Devaney, J., McCrystal, P., Hayes, D. and Duffy, J. (2009) The Draft Protocol to Promote Inter-Agency Working with Children & Families Affected by Substance Misuse: An Evaluation. Belfast, Eastern Drug and Alcohol Co-ordination Team.

Lazenbatt, A., Devaney, J. and Bunting, L. (2009) An evaluation of the Case Management Review process in Northern Ireland and a scoping exercise of adverse incident reporting and alternative investigative systems. Belfast, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. For a copy of the report, plase click here.

 

Other Publications

Devaney, J. (2010) The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children. NCB Research Highlight No. 259. London, NCB.

Devaney, J. (2008) Safeguarding Children in a Hostile Climate. Perspectives. Summer 2008. Belfast, BASW.

Devaney, J. (2008) Safeguarding Children in Northern Ireland. Perspectives. Winter/Spring 2008 Belfast, BASW.

Wilson, D. and Devaney, J. (2004) International Perspectives on Social Work from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Social Work Today, 4(1), 19-20.

Devaney, J. (2002) Doomed to Fail? Professional Social Work October. Birmingham, BASW. 

 

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