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Richard's passion for 'making a difference' to children, young people and families, is central to his academic work.
Having joined BU as a Senior Lecturer after his years in practice, he continued to focus his teaching, writing and research on outcomes in general and the positive impact of social work in particular.
Working at BU has allowed Richard to extend his interest in managing hostility and mediation and to apply this to teaching across different disciplinary groups.
I currently project manage a research project 'The Heart of the Matter' commissiones by the Bournemouth & Poole LSCB into the child protection processes and procedures. This work has successfully engaged with professional groups as well as parents, significant other adults and children and young people.
As per the recurrent theme of my work, the key issue is the development of evidence-based practice and the positive dynamic that underpins the relationship between BU and improving effective practice
- Sheppard, M., Charles, M., Rees, P., Wheeler, M. and Williams, R., 2018. Inter-personal and critical-thinking capabilities in those about to enter qualified social work: A six-centre study. British Journal of Social Work, 48 (7), 1855-1873.
- Pritchard, C., Williams, R., Hickish, T. and Wallace, M., 2018. A Population-Based Study Comparing Child (0-4) and Adult (55-74) Mortality, GDP-Expenditure on-Health and Relative Poverty in the UK and Developed Countries 1989-2014. Some Challenging Outcomes. Archives of Community Medicine and Public Health, 3 (2), 77-84.
- Williams, R. and Pritchard, C., 2017. An analysis of the psychosocial backgrounds of Youths (13–18) Who-Pose-Sexual-Risk to children. Journal of Social Work, 17 (6), 659-677.
- Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Williams, R., 2013. Ethical implications for research into inclusive education in Arab societies: Reflections on the politicization of the personalized research experience. International Social Work, 56 (2), 148-161.
- Pritchard, C., Williams, R.J. and Wallace, M.S., 2013. Child mortality, health expenditure and poverty in the Western nations 1980-210: Are English-speaking countries' children disadvantaged? Childhood, 1-7.
- Pritchard, C., Davey, J. and Williams, R., 2012. Who Kills Children? Re-Examining the Evidence. The British Journal of Social Work, advanced access, 1-36.
- Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Williams, R., 2012. Ethical Implications for Research into Inclusive Education in Arab Societies: Reflections on the Politicisation of the Personalised Research Experience. International Social Work, 8, 1-14.
- Pritchard, C. and Williams, R., 2011. Children’s (0–14 years) mortality rates in the USA and 19 Western countries (WCs) were examined in the context of a nation-specific measure of relative poverty and the Gross Domestic Product Health Expenditure (GDPHE) of countries to compare the effectiveness and efficiency of health care systems “to meet the needs of its children” (UNICEF). International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 23, 251-255.
- Pritchard, C. and Williams, R., 2011. Poverty and child (0-14 years) mortality in the USA and other Western countries as an indicator of "how well a country meets the needs of its children" (UNICEF). Int J Adolesc Med Health, 23 (3), 251-255.
- Pritchard, C., Williams, R. and Davey, J., 2011. INTERNATIONAL EVIDENCE OF WHO KILL CHILDREN? CHILD PROTECTION-PSYCHIATRIC INTERFACE. EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRY, 26.
- Pritchard, C. and Williams, R., 2010. Violent deaths of children are going down. Every Child Journal.
- Pritchard, C. and Williams, R., 2010. Measuring the Difference: Some postive outcomes. Professional Social Work, June.
- Pritchard, C. and Williams, R., 2010. Comparing Possible 'Child-Abuse-Related-Deaths' in England and Wales with the Major Developed Countries 1974-2006: Signs of Progress? British Journal of Social Work, 40, 1700-1718.
- Pritchard, C. and Williams, R., 2009. Comparing Possible 'Child-Abuse-Related-Deaths' in England and Wales with the Major Developed Countries 1974-2006: Signs of Progress? British Journal of Social Work, 1-19.
- Pritchard, C. and Williams, R., 2009. Does Social Work Make a Difference? A Controlled Study of Former `Looked-After-Children' and `Excluded-From-School' Adolescents Now Men Aged 16—24 Subsequent Offences, Being Victims of Crime and Suicide. Journal of Social Work, 9, 285-307.
- Pritchard, C. and Williams, R., 2001. A Three-Year Comparative Longitudinal Study of a School-Based Social Work Family Service to Reduce Truancy, Delinquency and School Exclusions. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 23, 23-43.
- Pritchard, C., Cotton, A., Bowen, D. and Williams, R., 1998. A Consumer Study of Young People's Views on their Educational Social Worker: Engagement as a Measure of an Effective Relationship. British Journal of Social Work, 28, 915-938.
- Williams, R. and Pritchard, C., 2006. Breaking the cycle of educational alienation: a multiprofessional approach. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
- Pritchard, C., Williams, R. and Fernandez Arias, P., 2017. A new paradigm on parents who kill: ‘The mental health syndrome paradigm’. When Parents Kill Children: Understanding Filicide. 103-124.
- Pritchard, C. and Williams, R., 2014. Social Work Practice Outcomes: Making a Measurable Difference. In: Pack, M. and Cargill, J., eds. Evidence Discovery and Assessment in Social Work Practice. New York: IGI Global, 166-185.
- Williams, R. and Pritchard, C., 2014. Social Work Practice Outcomes: Making a Measurable Difference. In: Pack, M. and Cargill, J., eds. Evidence Discovery and Assessment in Social Work Practice. IGI Global, 166-185.
- Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Williams, R., 2009. Inclusive Education and Children with Disabilities in the Gulf Cooperation Council Member States. In: Mazawi, A.E. and Sultana, R.G., eds. World Yearbook of Education 2010: Education and the Arab 'World' Political Projects, Struggles and Geometrics of Power. Abingdon, England: Routledge, 196-213.
- The heart of the work (Bournemouth and Poole Safeguarding Children Boards, 01 Dec 2012). Awarded
- BA (Hons) in Social Science (CNAA, 1975)
- MA in Applied Social Studies (CCETSW, 1979)
- Health and Care Professions Council, Registered Social Worker (2012-2018),