Dr Jadwiga Leigh

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Research Overview

My research has mainly focused on professional identity and organisational culture in child protection both in the UK and in Belgium using a variety of different methods from ethnography to visual methodology. Drawing on various sociological perspectives I have critiqued the way in which risk averse, performance driven cultures can affect the regional activities of social workers situated in statutory agencies and how this can lead to the development of skewed management strategies of particular directives. More recently, I have explored the impact this kind of conduct, exacerbated by the unintentional pursuit of problematic strategies, can have on children and families involved in statutory intervention.

The procedural fairness limitations of fitness to practise hearings: A case study into social work
Kirkham, R., Leigh, J., McLaughlin , K., Worsley, A. 1/06/2019 In: Legal Studies. 39, 2, p. 339-357. 19 p.
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“Isn't it funny the children that are further away we don't think about as much?”: Using GPS to explore the mobilities and geographies of social work and child protection practice
Disney, T., Warwick, L., Ferguson, H., Leigh, J., Cooner, T., Beddoe, L., Jones, P., Osborne, T. 1/05/2019 In: Children and Youth Services Review. 100, p. 39-49. 11 p.
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Atmospheres of mistrust and suspicion: Theorising on conflict and affective practice in a child protection social work agency
Leigh, J. 1/03/2019 In: Qualitative Social Work. 18, 2, p. 212-228. 17 p.
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Making visible an invisible trade: Exploring the everyday experiences of doing social work and being a social worker
Leigh, J., Morriss, L., Morriss, M. 19/01/2019 In: Qualitative Social Work. 17 p.
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Editorial
Leigh, J. 9/01/2019 In: Qualitative Social Work. 18, 1, 3 p.
Editorial

Disguised compliance or undisguised nonsense?: A critical discourse analysis of compliance and resistance in social work practice.
Leigh, J., Beddoe, L., Keddell, E. 19/12/2018 In: Families, Relationships and Societies. 27 p.
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Thinking about Child Protection Practice: Case Studies for Critical Reflection and Discussion
Leigh, J., Laing, J. 31/01/2018 Bristol : Policy Press. 184 p. ISBN: 9781447332800.
Book

A subject of concern: The experiences of social workers referred to the health and care professions council
Worsley, A., McLaughlin, K., Leigh, J. 1/12/2017 In: British Journal of Social Work. 47, 8, p. 2421-2437. 17 p.
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Corrigendum to ‘Recalcitrance, compliance and the presentation of self: Exploring the concept of organizational misbehavior in an English local authority child protection service’ [Children and Youth Services Review, August 2017, Vol. 79, 612-619] (S0190740917303353) (10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.07.016))
Leigh, J. 10/2017 In: Children and Youth Services Review. 81, p. 422. 1 p.
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Recalcitrance, compliance and the presentation of self: Exploring the concept of organisational misbehaviour in an English local authority child protection service
Leigh, J. 08/2017 In: Children and Youth Services Review. 79, p. 612-619. 8 p.
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Credible Performances: Affect and professional identity
Leigh, J. 23/06/2017 In: Professional Identity and Social Work . London : Routledge ISBN: 9781138234437.
Chapter

An analysis of HCPC fitness to practise hearings: Fit to Practise or Fit for Purpose?
Leigh, J., Worsley, A., McLaughlin, K. 1/03/2017 In: Ethics and Social Welfare. 11, 4, p. 382-396. 15 p.
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The 'troubled' case of Rotherham
Crossley, S., Leigh, J. 1/03/2017 In: Critical and Radical Social Work. 5, 1, p. 23-40. 18 p.
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Blame, culture and child protection
Leigh, J. 2017 Palgrave Macmillan. 255 p. ISBN: 9781137470096.
Book

The story of the PPO queen: the development and acceptance of a spoiled identity in child protection social work
Leigh, J. 11/2016 In: Child and Family Social Work. 21, 4, p. 412-420. 9 p.
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The State of Regulation in England: From the General Social Care Council to the Health and Care Professions Council
McLaughlin, K., Leigh, J., Worsley, A. 1/06/2016 In: British Journal of Social Work. 46, 4, p. 825-838. 14 p.
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Being brave, doing creative: Using visual ethnography in social work research to explore the impact of space and environment on organisational culture
Leigh, J. 1/01/2015 In: Innovations in Social Work Research. Jessica Kingsley Publishers p. 173-190. 18 p. ISBN: 9781849055857. Electronic ISBN: 9781784501457 .
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Crossing the divide between them and us: Using photography to explore the impact organisational space can have on identity and child protection practice
Leigh, J. 2015 In: Qualitative Social Work. 14, 3, p. 416-435. 20 p.
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The process of professionalisation: Exploring the identities of child protection social workers
Leigh, J. 11/2014 In: Journal of Social Work. 14, 6, p. 625-644. 20 p.
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A tale of the unexpected: Managing an insider dilemma by adopting the role of outsider in another setting
Leigh, J. 2014 In: Qualitative Research. 14, 4, p. 428-441. 14 p.
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