About Gillian

Gillian Ruch is Professor of Social Work and works in the Department of Social Work and Social Care at the University of Sussex. She teaches and researches in the areas of child care social work and relationship-based and reflective practice and is committed to enhancing the wellbeing of children, families and practitioners. Her particular interests are in promoting psycho-social research methods and reflective forums that facilitate relationship-based practice. Gillian’s current research includes an ESRC funded four UK nations project exploring how social workers communicate with children, an ESRC Knowledge Exchange Project introducing a cognitive and affective supervisory model to child and family social workers and an Office of the Children’s Commissioner funded research project evaluating the implementation of the See Me Hear Me framework in the field of child sexual exploitation. Gillian has co-edited, with Danielle Turney and Adrian Ward, Relationship-based Social Work: Getting to the Heart of Practice and a forthcoming accompanying book Relationship-Based Research in Social Work: Understanding Practice Research, is co-edited with Ilse Julkenen from the University of Helsinki.

Read my full research profile at the University of Sussex website.