Claire Mason

Research Engagement Officer - Family Justice Observatory


Career details

I returned to Lancaster University in August 2015 as Senior Research Associate , having previously worked for the University as Lecturer of Social Work betwwen 2006 and 2013.

I am a qualitative researcher and have worked on a wide range of projects at a local regional and national level. I am currently dedicated to a Nuffield Foundation funded study examining the issue of Recurrent Care Proceedings. Details of the project are available at:

I am a qualified social worker and before holding an academic post practised in the fields of social care and community development for ten years. My practice experience has largely been with children and families and this continues to be my main area of interest.

My work is positoned at the interface between academia and social work practice and I am committed to ensuring our research is utilised and translated into practice.

I have for the last year also been working with the Family Drug and Alcohol Court National Unit based in London developing an intensive two year support programme to pregnant women who have previously had children compulsorily removed from their care.


Birth Mothers Returning to Court: Can a Developmental Trauma Lens Inform Practice with Women at Risk of Repeat Removal of Infants and Children?
Broadhurst, K.E., Mason, C.S., Webb, S. 2018 In: Justice for Children and Families . Canmbridge : Cambridge University Press p. 59-67. 9 p. ISBN: 9781108457699.

Birth parents and the collateral consequences of child removal: towards a comprehensive framework
Broadhurst, K.E., Mason, C.S. 04/2017 In: International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family . 31, 1, p. 41-59. 19 p.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Safeguarding cyborg childhoods: incorporating the on/offline behaviour of children into everyday social work practices
May-Chahal, C., Mason, C., Rashid, A., Walkerdine, J., Rayson, P., Greenwood, P. 2014 In: British Journal of Social Work. 44, 3, p. 596-614. 19 p.
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The Allen Report: class, gender and disadvantage
Grover, C., Mason, C. 11/2013 In: Families, Relationships and Societies. 2, 3, p. 355-369. 15 p.
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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.
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Social work the ‘art of relationship’: parents’ perspectives on an intensive family support project
Mason, C. 08/2012 In: Child and Family Social Work. 17, 3, p. 368-377.
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Examining mothers' own histories in the context of repeat removal of children: informing a prevention agenda
Mason, C., Broadhurst, K. 2012
Conference paper

Acquiring the skills of socio-technical sense-making: newly qualified social workers constructing children
Mason, C., Broadhurst, K. 23/03/2011
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Social Work The Art of Relationship
Mason, C. 2010
Conference paper

Collating the Case: Myths, Methods and Metrics: Reclaiming the Home Visit
Mason, C., Broadhurst, K. 2009
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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.
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Making a case for common assessment framework responses to concerns about children
Thorpe, D., Regan, S., Mason, C., May-Chahal, C. 2007 In: Social Work and Social Sciences Review. 12, 3, p. 40-56. 17 p.
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Making enquiries under Section 47 of the Children Act 1989.
May-Chahal, C.A., Mason, C. 2007 In: The child protection handbook : the practitioner's guide to safeguarding children. Edinburgh : Balliere Tindall p. 232-245. 14 p. ISBN: 0702028290 (pbk.).