Emeritus Professor Jan Horwath
Emeritus Professor of Child Welfare
BA Hons AppSocStud, CQSW, AcSS)
Jan is Emeritus Professor of Child Welfare in the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield. She has a social work background and has worked as a practitioner, trainer and manager in a range of voluntary and statutory social work settings in England and New Zealand.
Since taking up an academic career in 1995, Jan has specialised in research and writing on child welfare policy and practice as well as professional education in social care. Findings from her studies have informed policy and practice developments Nationally and Internationally including The Republic of Ireland, Ukraine, Australia and South Africa.
Jan's research interests include:
Publications since 2005
Horwath, J and Platt, D. (eds) (2018) The Child’s World: Comprehensive Assessments from Early Help to Child Protection. London: Jessica Kingsley. (access introductory chapter here)
Horwath, J. (in press due 2017) 'Making a Difference to the Neglected Child’s Experience' in Gardiner, R. Working with Child Neglect. London: Jessica Kingsley.
Horwath, J. (2015) 'The Toxic Duo: The Neglected Practitioner and a Parent Who Fails to Meet the Needs of Their Child', British Journal of Social Work doi:10 1093/bjsw/bcv086.
Horwath, J. and Tarr, S. (2015) 'Child Visibility in Cases of Chronic Neglect: Implications for Social Work Practice', British Journal of Social Work (45 (5) pp1379-1394.
Horwath, J. (2013) Child Neglect: Planning and Intervention, Palgrave Macmillian, 312pp.
Horwath, J., Lees, J., and Sidebotham, P. (2012) 'The influence and religion on adolescent family life in England: an exploratory study of the views of young people and parents' Social Compass 59(2): 257-275
Horwath, J., Kalyva E. and Spyru, S. (2012) '"I want my experiences to make a difference" promoting participation in policy-making and service development by young people who have experienced violence', Children and Youth Services Review 34(1):155-162 2012
Horwath, J., Hodgkiss, D., Kalyva, E. and Spyrou, S. (2011) You Respond: Promoting Effective Project Participation by Young People who have Experienced Violence. A guide to good practice through training and development.
Horwath, J., and Morrison, T. (2011) 'Effective inter-agency collaboration to safeguard children: Rising to the challenge through collective development', Children and Youth Services Review 33(2):368-375, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2010.10.002
Sidebotham, P., Fox, J., Horwath, J. and Powell, C. (2011) 'Developing Effective Child Death Review: A Study of 'Early Starter' Child Death Overview Panels in England' in Injury Prevention, 17:i55-i63 doi:10.1136/ip.2010.027169.
Horwath, J. (2010) 'See the Practitioner, See the Child: The Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families Ten Years On' in British Journal of Social Work. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcq137
Horwath, J (2010) 'Rearing a toothless tiger? From area child protection committee to local safeguarding children board' specially commissioned for issue of Journal of Children's Services, 5 (3):37-47.
Horwath, J and Lees, J. (2010) 'Assessing the Influence of Religious Beliefs and Practices on Parenting Capacity: The Challenges for Social Work Practitioners' British Journal of Social Work. 40(1):82-99. 10.1093/bjsw/bcn116.
Horwath, J. and Charles, M. (2009) ‘Investing in Interagency Training to Safeguard Children: An Act of Faith or an Act of Reason?’, Children & Society, Volume 23: 5, pp: 364-376
Horwath, J. and Lees, J. (2009) 'Religious Parents Just Want the Best for Their Kids': Young People's Perspectives on the Influence of Religious Beliefs on Parenting’, Children & Society Volume 23: 3, pp: 162-175. DO1: 10 1111/j.1099=0860.2008.00164.x.
Horwath, J. (ed) (2009) The Child's World: the Comprehensive Guide to Assessing Children in Need. London: Jessica Kingsley.
Horwath, J. (2009) 'Working Effectively in a Multi-Agency Context', in Cleaver, H., Cawson, P., Gorin, S. and Walker, S. (eds.) Safeguarding Children: A Shared Responsibility. Chichester: Wiley.
Horwath, J. and Tidbury, W. (2009) ‘Training the workforce following a serious case review: lessons learnt from a death by fabricated and induced illness’, Child Abuse Review, Volume 18(3): 181 - 194
Horwath, J., Lees, J., Sidebotham, P., Higgins, J., Imtiaz, A.(2008) Religion, Beliefs and Parenting Practices: a descriptive study York, Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Sidebotham, P., Fox, J., Horwath, J., Powell, C., Perwez, S. (2008) Preventing Childhood Deaths: A study of "Early Starter" Child Death Overview Panels in England. London: Dcsf, 2008 ISBN 978-1-84775-163-8.
Horwath, J. (2007) Child Neglect: Identification and Assessment. London: Palgrave, 296pp.
Horwath, J. (2007) ‘Safeguarding children: the assessment challenges’, in Wilson, K. and James, A. (eds) The Child Protection Handbook. (3rd Ed) pp. 246-265. London. Baillière Tindall
Horwath, J. (2007) ‘The missing assessment domain: practitioner subjectivity when identifying and referring child neglect’ British Journal of Social Work. 37 1285-1303.
Powell, C., Sidebotham, P., Horwath, J. and Fox, J. (2007) ‘Child death review processes: implications for school nursing’ British Journal of School Nursing 2 (2) 60-68.
Buckley, H., Whelan, S., Murphy, C. and Horwath, J. (2007) ‘Using an assessment framework: outcomes from a pilot study’ Journal of Children’s Service 2 (1) 37-47.
Horwath, J. and Morrison, T. (2007) ’Developing Multi-Agency Partnerships to Serve Vulnerable Children and their Families’ Child Abuse and Neglect. 31 (1) 55-69.
Buckley, H., Horwath, J. and Whelan, S. (2006) Framework for the Assessment of Vulnerable Children & their Families. Assessment Tool and Practice Guidance Dublin: Trinity College Children’s Research Centre. ISBN 1902230-29-9 pp 132.
Horwath, J. (2005) ‘Assessment and Intervention in Cases of Child Neglect: The Irish Experience’ Child and Family Social Work. 10 (2) 99-110.
Horwath, J (2005) Is this child neglect? The impact of difference in perceptions on social work practice, in Daniel, B. and Taylor, J. Neglect. Practice Issues for Health and Social Care. pp. 73-96. London: Jessica Kingsley.
A full list of publications can be downloaded by clicking the link on the right of this page.
Nationally and internationally, Jan is involved in the strategic development of policy and practice in respect of child welfare practice, social work and social care.
Jan is currently working with a number of English Local Safeguarding Children Boards on an innovative and, what is proving to be effective, system approach to practice. Supporting Families: Enhancing Futures. This approach, which can be used for early help, child in need and child protection cases, centres on establishing the lived experience of the child/ren and carers in a family and drawing on this to identify risk of significant harm, unmet need and family strengths. Planning interventions centres on working with the family to improve the lived experience. Outcomes are measured in terms of demonstrable improvements to the lived experience of the child/ren. Findings from the initial pilot indicate children, young people, parents and professionals are finding this approach is making a significant difference to practice.
‘We can move beyond statistics [such as number of school absences] to considering the impact on the child’.
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