Professor Karen Broadhurst

Professor of Social Work

Research Interests

I returned to Lancaster University in August 2015 as Professor of Social Work and Socio-Legal Studies, having previously worked for the University as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer between 2003 and 2013. The interim was spent at the University of Manchester in the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences as Senior Lecturer. I am currently the Strategic Director for Social Work Education and the institutional lead for the social work pathway within the ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre.

I have a passionate interest in family justice – both in a narrow sense regarding the operation of the family courts (nationally and internationally) and in a broad sense regarding families and social justice concerns. I am currently serving as Principal and Co-Investigator on two linked Nuffield Foundation funded projects (2014-2017) focused on public law proceedings (repeat clients and care proceedings; supervision orders and family reunification; special guardianship). Details of the recurrent care/birth mothers project are available at: http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/vulnerable-birth-mothers-and-recurrent-care-proceedings. I am also involved in the design and evaluation of a novel pathway within the National Family Drug and Alcohol Court that aims to provide intensive support to women and their partners, who have previously lost children through court-order to public care and adoption. My work is widely published in a range of social science, social policy and law journals.

Regarding methodology, I am committed to innovative mixed methods research, secondary analysis of administrative data and exploratory data linkage. I am Co-Editor-in Chief of Qualitative Social Work with my colleague Karen Staller (University of Michigan):http://qsw.sagepub.com. I have extensive experience of doctoral research and welcome applications from students interested in pursuing studies broadly relating to state support for families, child protection, the family court, therapeutic court models; children and young people in and leaving care. I also convene “Advances in Child Protection” for qualified social workers and contribute to a number of other courses in the Department.

Spotlight on supervision orders: What do we know and what do we need to know?
Harwin, J., Alrouh, B., Palmer, M., Broadhurst, K.E., Swift, S. 03/2016 In: Family Law. 46, 3, p. 365-368. 4 p.
Journal article

Considering the case for parity in policy and practice between adoption and special guardianship: findings from a population wide study
Harwin, J., Alrouh, B., Palmer, M., Broadhurst, K.E., Swift, S. 02/2016 In: Family Law. 46, 2, p. 204-207. 4 p.
Journal article

Women and infants in care proceedings in England: new insights from research on recurrent care proceedings
Broadhurst, K.E., Alrouh, B., Mason, C.S., Yeend, E., Kershaw, S., Shaw, M., Harwin, J. 02/2016 In: Family Law. 46, 2, p. 208-211. 4 p.
Journal article

Innovation in social work research
Broadhurst, K.E. 01/2016 In: Qualitative Social Work. 15, 1, 8 p.
Editorial

A national study of the usage of supervision orders and special guardianship over time (2007-2016): Briefing paper no 1: Special guardianship orders
Harwin, J., Alrouh, B., Palmer, M., Broadhurst, K.E., Swift, S. 17/12/2015 Nuffield Foundation. 11 p.
Commissioned report

Connecting events in time to identify a hidden population: birth mothers and their children in recurrent care proceedings in England
Broadhurst, K., Alrouh, B., Yeend, E., Harwin, J., Shaw, M., Pilling, M., Mason, C., Kershaw, S. 14/12/2015 In: British Journal of Social Work. 45, 8, p. 2241-2260. 20 p.
Journal article

Vulnerable birth mothers and recurrent care proceedings: estimating recurrent care proceedings using CAFCASS administrative data - a technical appendix
Alrouh, B., Broadhurst, K. 14/12/2015
Other contribution

Identity talk in children’s statutory services
Broadhurst, K., DeVilliers, T., Pithouse, A., White, S. 30/09/2015 In: Team Talk. Sheffield : Equinox Publishing ISBN: 9781845539047.
Chapter

Vulnerable birth mothers and repeat losses of infants to public care: is targeted reproductive health care ethically defensible?
Broadhurst, K., Shaw, M., Kershaw, S., Harwin, J., Alrouh, B., Mason, C., Pilling, M. 20/01/2015 In: Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. 37, 1, p. 84-98. 15 p.
Journal article

Recurrent Care Proceedings: Part 4: the emergence of child protection as a public health issue: how would a more prevention-oriented approach alter the provision of services and the family-professional relationship?
Shaw, M., Kershaw, S., Broadhurst, K., Harwin, J., Alrouh, B., Mason, C. 12/2014 In: Family Law. 44, 12, p. 1705-1708. 4 p.
Journal article

Recurrent care proceedings: Part 3 - birth mothers - against the odds - turning points for women who have lost children to public care.
Broadhurst, K., Mason, C. 1/11/2014 In: Family Law. 44, p. 1572-1576. 5 p.
Journal article

Using evidence to inform safeguarding children
Broadhurst, K., Pithouse, A. 11/2014 In: Applying Research Evidence in Social Work Practice. London : Palgrave Macmillan ISBN: 9781137276100 . Electronic ISBN: 9781137276117.
Chapter

Recurrent care proceedings: Part 1: Progress in research and practice since the Family Justice Council 6th Annual Debate
Shaw, M., Broadhurst, K., Harwin, J., Alrouh, B., Kershaw, S., Mason, C. 09/2014 In: Family Law. 44, 9, p. 1284-1287. 4 p.
Journal article

Capturing the scale and pattern of recurrent care proceedings: initial observations from a feasibility study
Broadhurst, K., Shaw, M., Harwin, J., Alrouh, B. 23/06/2014 In: Family Law.
Journal article

Social work beyond the VDU: foregrounding co-presence in situated practice - why face-to-face practice matters
Broadhurst, K., Mason, C. 04/2014 In: British Journal of Social Work. 44, 3, p. 578-595. 18 p.
Journal article

Policy challenges in child protection and adoption
Broadhurst, K., Harwin, J. 2014 In: Routledge Handbook of Family Law and Policy. Abingdon : Routledge ISBN: 9780415640404.
Chapter

Recurrent care proceedings: Part 2 : young motherhood and the role of the court
Harwin, J., Broadhurst, K., Kershaw, S., Shaw, M., Alrouh, B., Mason, C. 2014 In: Family Law. 44, 10, p. 1439-1443. 5 p.
Journal article

Maternal outcasts: raising the profile of women who are vulnerable to successive, compulsory removals of their children – a plea for preventative action
Broadhurst, K., Mason, C. 1/09/2013 In: Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. 35, 3, p. 291-304. 14 p.
Journal article

Access to justice for families?: legal advocacy for parents where children are on the ‘edge of care’: an English case study
Holt, K., Broadhurst, K., Doherty, P., Kelly, N. 1/06/2013 In: Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. 35, 2, p. 163-177. 15 p.
Journal article

Moral agency in everyday safeguarding work: reclaiming hope in the small stories of family support - some lessons from John Dewey
Broadhurst, K. 11/2012 In: Families, Relationships and Societies. 1, 3, p. 293-309. 17 p.
Journal article

Accomplishing parental enagement in child protection practice?: A qualitative analysis of parent-professional interaction in pre-proceedings work under the Public Law Outline
Broadhurst, K., Holt, K.E., Doherty, P. 09/2012 In: Qualitative Social Work. 11, 5, p. 517-534. 17 p.
Journal article

Trust, risk and the (mis)management of contingency and discretion through new information technologies in children's services
Pithouse, A., Broadhurst, K., Hall, C., Peckover, S., Wastell, D., White, S. 03/2012 In: Journal of Social Work. 12, 2, p. 158-178. 21 p.
Journal article

Coventry and Warwickshire Pre-Proceedings Pilot
Broadhurst, K. 02/2012 Cafcass.
Commissioned report

Examining mothers' own histories in the context of repeat removal of children: informing a prevention agenda
Mason, C., Broadhurst, K. 2012
Conference paper

Thinking systemically, thinking political: Building strong partnerships with families in the context of rising inequality?
Featherstone, B., Broadhurst, K., Holt, K.E. 2012 In: British Journal of Social Work. 42, 4, p. 618-633. 16 p.
Journal article

Contact between children in out-of-home placements and their family and friends networks: a research review
Sen, R., Broadhurst, K. 08/2011 In: Child and Family Social Work. 16, 3, p. 298-309. 12 p.
Journal article

Acquiring the skills of socio-technical sense-making: newly qualified social workers constructing children
Mason, C., Broadhurst, K. 23/03/2011
Conference paper

Social work in the laboratory: using microworlds for practice research
Broadhurst, K., Wastell, D., Peckover, S., White, S., Hall, C., Pithouse, A. 2011 In: British Journal of Social Work. 40, 4, p. 744-760. 16 p.
Journal article

The Fallacy of Formalisation: Practice Makes Process in the Assessment of Risks to Children
Broadhurst, K., Peckover, S., Wastell, D., White, S., Hall, C., Pithouse, A. 2011 In: Good Practice in Assessing Risk: Current Knowledge, Issues and Approaches. London : Jessica Kingsley p. 84-101. 18 p. ISBN: 9781849050593 .
Chapter

Ten Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them: What research tells us
Broadhurst, K., White, S., Fish, S., Munro, E., Fletcher, K., Lincoln, H. 09/2010 NSPCC.
Monograph

When policy o'erleaps itself: the 'tragic tale' of the Integrated Children's System
White, S., Wastell, D., Broadhurst, K., Hall, C. 08/2010 In: Critical Social Policy. 30, 3, p. 405-429. 25 p.
Journal article

Children's services in the iron cage of performance management: street-level bureaucracy and the spectre of Švejkism
Wastell, D., White, S., Broadhurst, K., Peckover, S., Pithouse, A. 07/2010 In: International Journal of Social Welfare. 19, 3, p. 310-320. 11 p.
Journal article

Risk, instrumentalism and the humane project – identifying the informal logics of risk management in children's statutory services.
Broadhurst, K., Hall, C., Wastell, D., White, S., Pithouse, A. 06/2010 In: British Journal of Social Work. 40, 4, p. 1046-1064. 19 p.
Journal article

Performing 'initial assessment': identifying the latent conditions for error at the front-door of local authority children's services
Broadhurst, K., Wastell, D., White, S., Hall, C., Peckover, S., Thompson, K., Pithouse, A., Davey, D. 2010 In: British Journal of Social Work. 40, 2, p. 352-370. 19 p.
Journal article

Whither practice-near research in the modernization programme? policy blunders in children's services.
White, S., Broadhurst, K., Wastell, D., Peckover, S., Hall, C., Pithouse, A. 12/2009 In: Journal of Social Work Practice. 23, 4, p. 401-411. 11 p.
Journal article

Engaging early in children's needs through the common assessment framework (CAF): new challenges for practice in England and Wales
Pithouse, A., Broadhurst, K., Hall, C., Peckover, S., White, S. 10/2009 In: International Journal of Child Health and Human Development. 2, 4, p. 395-402. 8 p.
Journal article

The informal logics of risk in safeguarding work
Broadhurst, K., Hall, C. 06/2009 In: Professional Social Work.
Journal article

Raging against the machine
White, S., Broadhurst, K. 01/2009 In: Professional Social Work. p. 8-10. 3 p.
Journal article

Can CAF deliver for children with additional needs?
Broadhurst, K., Pithouse, A. 2009 In: Critical Perspectives on Safeguarding Children. Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell 296 p. ISBN: 0470697563.
Chapter

Collating the Case: Myths, Methods and Metrics: Reclaiming the Home Visit
Mason, C., Broadhurst, K. 2009
Conference paper

Conclusion: Safeguarding children?
Broadhurst, K., Grover, C., Jamieson, J. 2009 In: Critical Perspectives on Safeguarding Children. Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell 296 p. ISBN: 0470697563.
Chapter

Critical Perspectives on Safeguarding Children
Broadhurst, K., Grover, C., Jamieson, J. 2009 Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell. 296 p. ISBN: 0470697563.
Book

Introduction: Safeguarding children?
Broadhurst, K., Grover, C., Jamieson, J. 2009 In: Critical Perspectives on Safeguarding Children. Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell 296 p. ISBN: 0470697563.
Chapter

Managing Risk in a High Blame Environment: Tales from the 'Front Door' in Contemporary Children's Social Care
White, S., Wastell, D., Peckover, S., Hall, C., Broadhurst, K. 2009
Other contribution

Partnership and the limitations of procedure: prospects for parents and professionals under the new Public Law Outline
Broadhurst, K., Holt, K.E. 2009 In: Child and Family Social Work.
Journal article

Partnership with Parents and the Limits of Procedure
Broadhurst, K., Holt, K.E. 2009
Conference paper

Partnership with Parents: Is the PLO more than just procedure?
Broadhurst, K., Holt, K.E. 2009
Conference paper

Supporting Contact in the Context of Care Proceedings. A Research Review
Broadhurst, K. 2009 Community Care Inform
Working paper

Supporting Parental Responsibility: Partnership, Contact and Reunification. A Resource Manual
Broadhurst, K. 2009 Community Care Inform
Working paper

Supporting Parents under New Labour: How does every parent matter?
Broadhurst, K. 2009 In: Critical Perspectives on Safeguarding Children. Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell 296 p. ISBN: 0470697563.
Chapter

Working in Partnership with Parents. A Research Review
Broadhurst, K. 2009 Community Care Inform
Working paper

Research on problems in child protection when IT and humans interact
White, S., Broadhurst, K., Wastell, D. 11/12/2008 In: Community Care. p. 22-23. 2 p.
Journal article

ICS, what part did it play in baby P?
White, S., Wastell, D., Peckover, A., Hall, C., Broadhurst, K. 8/12/2008 In: Computer Weekly.
Journal article

Getting it Wrong for Baby P? Despatches from the Frontline of Children's Social Care
White, S., Wastell, D., Peckover, S., Hall, C., Broadhurst, K. 19/11/2008 In: The Guardian.
Journal article

Review of ‘Globalisation and Child Welfare: Some Lessons from a Cross-National Study of Children in Out-of-Home care’ by Thoburn, J.
Broadhurst, K., Paylor, I. 04/2008 In: British Journal of Social Work. 38, 3, 3 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Child Contact in Family Proceedings. A Resource Manual
Broadhurst, K. 2008 Community Care Inform
Working paper

Child Contact in Private Proceedings. A Research Review
Broadhurst, K. 2008 Community Care Inform
Working paper

Managing Risk in a High Blame Environment: Making a 'Flight Deck' Simulation in Childcare Social Work
White, S., Wastell, D., Broadhurst, K., Peckover, S., Hall, C., Pithouse, A. 2008
Conference paper

Managing Risk in a high blame Environment: Flight Deck Simulation in Childcare Social Work
White, S., Wastell, D., Broadhurst, K., Peckover, S., Hall, C., Pithouse, A. 2008
Conference paper

Microworld Simulation in Childcare Social Work: Investigating Risk, Blame and Performance Management
White, S., Wastell, D., Broadhurst, K., Peckover, S., Hall, C., Pithouse, A. 2008
Conference paper

Parental help-seeking and the moral order. Notes for policy-makers and parenting practitioners on 'the first port of call' and 'no one to turn to'.
Broadhurst, K.E. 30/11/2007
Other contribution

Revisiting children 'Home on Trial' in the context of current concerns about the costs and effectiveness of the looked-after children system: findings from an exploratory study.
Broadhurst, K.E., Pendleton, T. 1/11/2007 In: Child and Family Social Work. 12, 4, p. 380-389. 10 p.
Journal article

Sure Start and the reauthorisation of s.47 child protection practices.
Broadhurst, K., Mason, C.S., Grover, C. 11/2007 In: Critical Social Policy. 27, 4, p. 443-461. 19 p.
Journal article

Reflections on an English/Greek exchange in Erasmus' anniversary year. Is English practice learning 'out of sync' with global scapes and flows
Broadhurst, K., Dimopoulos, M., Morgan, H. 09/2007 In: The Hellenic Journal of Social Science and Social Work.
Journal article

Multi-agency responses to refugee children
Broadhurst, K. 2007 In: Rebuilding the Sanctuary: Multi-disciplinary approaches to working with refugee children. Bergahn Books
Chapter

Integrating objects of intervention and organisational relevance: the case of safeguarding children missing from education systems.
Broadhurst, K.E., May-Chahal, C. 11/2006 In: Child Abuse Review. 15, 6, p. 440-455. 16 p.
Journal article

Children missing from school systems: exploring divergent patterns of disengagement in the narrative accounts of parents, carers, children and young people.
Broadhurst, K.E., May-Chahal, C.A., Paton, H. 1/01/2005 In: British Journal of Sociology of Education. 26, 1, p. 105-119. 15 p.
Journal article

Transitions to adulthood: Some critical observations of the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000.
Grover, C.G., Stewart, J.M., Broadhurst, K. 1/05/2004 In: Social Work and Social Sciences Review. 11, 1, p. 5-18. 14 p.
Journal article

Mobile or Just Missing
Broadhurst, K., May-Chalal, C. 2004
Conference paper

Engaging parents and carers with family support services: What can be learned from research on help-seeking?
Featherstone, B., Broadhurst, K. 6/10/2003 In: Child and Family Social Work. 8, 4, p. 341-350. 10 p.
Journal article