Brid qualified as a social worker in 1982 , working initially with young offenders and as a generic social worker before becoming a team manager of an area based social services team in 1989. Brid has substantial experience of working in and managing child protection cases. Since embarking on an academic career Brid has developed a research profile in working with men in child protection and in exploring the issues that parents face when involved with the child protection system and in family support. As Professor of Social Work since 2006, Brid has become increasingly involved in exploring and advising on the issues around systems design and reform both in England in the Republic of Ireland.
Brid’s high profile role in social work and child protection is evidenced by her experience – highlights of which include:
BA (Sociology) Trinity College, Dublin Ireland
Diploma in Applied Social Studies and Certiicate of Qualification in Social Work, Nottingham Trent University
MA (Social and Community Work Studies), University of Bradford
PhD (Title: Feminism, Child Welfare and Child Protection), University of Huddersfield
At the moment my main area of teaching relates to PhD supervision. I am supervising in the areas of international adoption and grandparenting in the context of parental imprisonment.
I have successfully supervised students on the following topics:
Fathers, drug addiction and the welfare of children in Saudi Arabia;
Men, masculinities and the discursive construction of ''the paedophile' in Irish newspapers;
The health and welfare needs of pregnant asylum seekers- the issues for midwifery education.
1. Evaluation of advocacy for parents involved with the child protection system: I have been involved in two rounds of funded research in this area for a national charity Family Rights Group.
2. Fathers' involvement with social work and social care services: I have worked with a range of organisations on three funded projects (Fathers Matter 1, 2 and 3) exploring how services engage fathers where there are child protection concerns. I have also been part of a research team exploring training for social workers in this area.
3.Family and parenting support: I have been involved in a wide variety of funded research and evaluation projects on the support needs of parents, Triple P parenting programme and Sure Start local programmes.
4. Feminist theory: I have a long-standing interest in applying feminist theory to understanding mothering and fathering in contemporary societal contexts.
With Esther Dermott (University of Bristol) and Jacqui Gabb (Open Universiy) I am exploring how fathers negotiate intimate practices in the context of risk. This is being funded by the British Academy.
Patron of MOSAIC 2 ( a charity for families affected by sexual abuse)
Member of Best Practice Advisory Comittee, Barnardos Ireland
Joint Managing editor (with Tess Ridge) of a new journal Families, Relationships and Societies : An International Journal of Research and Debate (Policy Press)
Associate Editor of Fathering
Member of the editorial boards of the following journals: Child and Family Social Work, Communitania, Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies
last updated 25-Jan-2012