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Professor Julie Selwyn

Professor Julie Selwyn

Professor Julie Selwyn

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Office Room 1.5, 6 Priory Road
Social Science Complex,
8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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Adoption, fostering, kinship care, looked after children 


Julie is a Professor and Director of the Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies at the School for Policy Studies.

Before joining the University, Julie worked for 20 years as a children and families social worker in a variety of settings; child and family support centres, therapeutic communities and as an adoption worker. This practice experience continues to influence her teaching and research. Julie maintains links with practice through contributing to local in-service training programmes and working with Local Authorities on policy and service development.


Julie has wide teaching interests contributing to social work training programmes at postgraduate level as well as undergraduate teaching on the BSc Childhood Studies.


  • Adoption and fostering. Child care and child protection. Permanency policy and practice and ways of improving outcomes for looked after children.


The adoption of looked after children

  • adoption
  • fostering
  • kinship care
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