Professor Ray Jones

School: School of Allied Health, Midwifery and Social Care

Job Title: Emeritus Professor


Professor Ray Jones is a registered social worker with over 40 years of practice and management experience in residential care and community social work within local authorities and a major national child care voluntary organisation. From 1992 to 2006 he was director of social services, and then director of adult and community services, in Wiltshire, leading a top three-star rated service with an annual spend at 2014 equivalent costs of £250m and over 3,000 employees.

He was the first chief executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, and has been deputy chair, and then chair, of the British Association of Social Workers. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Bath and at the University of Exeter, an honorary fellow at the University of Gloucestershire, and is an academician of the Academy for the Social Sciences, and a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and of the Royal Society for the Arts.

Ray has been an advisor to numerous government policy and research committees. From 2009-2013 he was the independent chair of Bristol's Safeguarding Children's Board, from 2010 - 2012 the chair of Salford's Safeguarding Children Improvement Board, and from 2011 to 2013 chair of Torbay's children's improvement board. He currently oversees, reoporting to the minister of state, child protection improvement for the Isle of Wight, Sandwell and Devon.

He was also a European Community advisor to the (then new) Slovenian government on the development of welfare policies and has more recently been a consultant with the Russian-European Trust for Welfare Reform, working with senior policy makers and social services directors within Russia.

Ray is the author of six books and over 100 published papers, is a frequent media columnist and commentator, and has undertaken research on adolescents and social work, neighbourhood work, child protection decision-making, direct payments for disabled people, 'troubled families', health and social care teams, and serious case reviews. His most recent book, published in June 2014 by Policy Press, is 'The Story of Baby P: Setting the Record Straight'.

He has been a trustee and chair of the Marlborough Brandt Group, which has linking and health, education and economic development programmes in The Gambia, a trustee of Wytham Hall, which works with homeless people in London, and of Quarriers, the major Scottish social care charity. He is currently chair and a trustee of the Social Work Awards, which recognises the achievements and contributions of social workers in England.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • Registered Social Worker, , , Health and Care Professions Council
  • Academedician,, , Academy for the Social Sciences
  • PhD, by Social Research, , University of Bath
  • MSc, Social Research by Publications,, University of Bath
  • Certificate of Qualification in Social Work,, , Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work
  • BSc(Hons), First Class: Sociology and Social Work,, University of Bath

Professional experience

  • 2001 - 2002
    Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence,
  • 1992 - 1996
    Director of Social Services, Wiltshire,

Professional registration and membership

  • Registered Social Worker, , Health and Care Professions Council
  • Fellow,, Chartered Management Institute
  • Fellow,, Royal Society for the Arts

Research interests

Social care and social work practice; (comparative) social policy; history of social services; engagement with, and outcomes for, service users and carers; interprofessional working; management and leadership; organisational development.

Grants and funding

  • 2013 - present
    DfE £60,000. A study of barriers to learning from serious case reviews.
  • 2010 - present
    £10,000 Academic Health and Social Care Network: Definition and Deployment of Core Professional Competencies in Multi-Professional Health and Social Care Teams.
  • 2012 - 2013
    Wandsworth Borough Council £20,000. The Exeperiences of Families and Partner Agencies of a 'Troubled Families' Programme
  • 2012 - 2013
    Wandsworth Link £4,000. The Experiences of Mental Health and Older People Service Users of Social Care Personalisation
  • 1997 - 1985
    Co-founded and chaired the Centre for Evidenced-Based Social Services at the University of Exeter, which from 1997 to 2005 achieved a grant income in excess of £1m from, amongst others, the Department of Health and 16 south west England councils wit
  • 2010
    £48,900 Department of Health: Evaluation of Pilot GP/Carers National Training Programme.
  • 2009
    £14,600 Nuffield Foundation (2009): A History of the Personal Social Services.


Consultant to the Russian-European Trust on Welfare reform, delivering workshops and conference presentations throughout Russia and programme leadership of study visits to the UK.

Independent chair of children's improvement boards in several areas in England where child protection had been rated as 'inadequate' by Ofsted.

Has led inquiries and investigations into the deaths of children and disabled adults.


Number of items: 107.


Jones, Ray (2017) Social work education is in crisis - we must act urgently. Guardian Professional Social Care Network,

Jones, Ray [Reviewer] (2017) Book Review of: 'All our welfare: towards participatory social policy' by Peter Beresford. Critical Social Policy, 37(2), pp. 318-320. ISSN (print) 0261-0183

Jones, Ray (2017) Reclaiming social work with adults. Professional Social Work, pp. 17-18. ISSN (print) 1352-3112

Jones, Ray (2017) Politicians are stealthily trying to take control of social work. Guardian Professional Social Care Network,

Jones, Ray (2017) How to avoid freefall in children's services. LGC : Local Government Chronicle,

Jones, Ray (2017) The handling of the Children and Social Work Bill has been shambolic. Community Care,

Jones, Ray (2016) Justine Greening should withdraw the disastrous children and social work bill. Guardian Professional Social Care Network,

Jones, Ray (2016) The NAO's analysis of child protection misses the bigger picture. Community Care,

Jones, Ray (2016) Outsourcing children's services is not a quick fix. Guardian Professional Social Care Network,

Jones, Ray (2016) Munby is right - the care system is facing a crisis. Here's why... Community Care,

Jones, Ray (2016) Giving power over social work to a cuts-obsessed government is a mistake. Guardian Professional Social Care Network,

Jones, Ray (2016) Six reasons to rethink moves to strip councils of children's services. Community Care,

Jones, Ray (2016) I'm wary of Le Grand's brave new world of 'turmoil'. Professional Social Work, Sep, p. 11. ISSN (print) 1352-3112

Hood, Rick, Grant, Robert, Jones, Ray and Goldacre, Allie (2016) A study of performance indicators and Ofsted ratings in English child protection services. Children and Youth Services Review, 67, pp. 50-56. ISSN (print) 0190-7409

Jones, Ray (2016) We must fight this shock therapy approach to social work reform. Community Care,

Jones, Ray (2016) Why plans for government control of social work are dangerous. Community Care,

Hood, Rick, Goldacre, Allie, Grant, Robert and Jones, Ray (2016) Exploring demand and provision in English child protection services. British Journal of Social Work, 46(4), pp. 923-941. ISSN (print) 0045-3102

Jones, Ray (2016) The government’s new legislation will strip social workers of our independence. Community Care,

Jones, Ray (2016) The conundrum of neglect. Professional Social Work, April, pp. 22-23. ISSN (print) 1352-3112

Jones, Ray (2016) Children's social services also face forced 'academisation'. Guardian Professional Social Care Network,

Jones, Ray (2016) Ray Jones on the academisation of children’s social work. WillisPalmer News,

Jones, Ray (2016) Damning inspections will continue to lead to a continuing demand for locum workers. Locum Today,

Jones, Ray (2015) Child protection cases have rocketed – Cameron's only answer is privatisation. Guardian Professional Social Care Network,

Jones, Ray (2015) Is ‘thought abuse’ about to become the fifth category of child abuse? Community Care,

Jones, Ray (2015) The end game: The marketisation and privatisation of children's social work and child protection. Critical Social Policy, 35(4), pp. 447-469. ISSN (print) 0261-0183

Jones, Ray (2015) Cameron has child protection in his sights. Social workers should be worried. Guardian Professional Social Care Network,

Jones, Ray (2015) Hedge funds have no place in children's services. Guardian Professional Social Care Network,

Jones, Ray (2015) Social work needs a strong independent voice at this time of rapid change. Locum Today,

Jones, Ray (2015) In a time of adversity and austerity, social work has come of age. Guardian Professional Social Care Network,

Jones, Ray (2015) Out of the ashes of the College of Social Work. The Social Workers Assembly Blog,

Jones, Ray (2015) If ever there was a time when social workers must be vigilant, it is now. Community Care,

Jones, Ray (2015) Health and social care integration needs e-intelligence amongst the frenzy of change. Good Governance Institute Blog,

Jones, Ray (2015) If ever there was a time to celebrate the commitment of social workers, it is now. Community Care,

Jones, Ray (2015) A dark day for social work. Community Care,

Jones, Ray (2015) Tory times. Professional Social Work, June, pp. 18-19. ISSN (print) 1352-3112

Jones, Ray (2015) Ofsted doesn’t recognise the practice chaos and professional carnage it leaves in its wake. Community Care,

Jones, Ray (2015) Opening children’s social work up to the market place will not generate stability or continuity. Community Care,

Jones, Ray (2015) Social work education is being shaped and changed by those with little understanding of social work. Community Care,

Jones, Ray (2015) I’ve seen the reclaiming social work model cause service implosion. Community Care,

Jones, Ray (2015) Wounded Ofsted is inadequate to inspect child sexual exploitation policies. Guardian Professional Social Care Network,

Jones, Ray (2015) The stealth privatisation of children’s services. Community Care,

Jones, Ray (2015) The marketisation and privatisation of children’s social work and child protection : integration or fragmentation? Journal of Integrated Care, 23(6), pp. 364-375. ISSN (print) 1476-9018

Jones, Ray (2014) U-turn on children's services privatisation hides underlying problems. Guardian Professional Social Care Network,

Jones, Ray (2014) The mantra will be that publicly run children's services are failing and here comes the private sector cavalry. Community Care,

Jones, Ray (2014) How can inadequate child protection services be improved? Guardian Professional Social Care Network,

Jones, Ray (2014) What are the causes of inadequate child protection services? Guardian Professional Social Care Network,

Jones, Ray (2014) The best of times, the worst of times: social work and its moment. British Journal of Social Work, 44(3), pp. 485-502. ISSN (print) 0045-3102

Norrie, Caroline, Weinstein, Jenny, Jones, Ray, Hood, Rick and Bhanbro, Sadiq (2014) Early experiences in extending personal budgets in one local authority. Working with Older People, 18(4), pp. 176-185. ISSN (print) 1366-3666

Jones, Ray, Bhanbhro, Sadiq M, Grant, Robert and Hood, Rick (2013) The definition and deployment of differential core professional competencies and characteristics in multiprofessional health and social care teams. Health & Social Care In The Community, 21(1), pp. 47-58. ISSN (print) 0966-0410

Jones, Ray (2012) Book Review of: 'Commissioning for health and well-being: an introduction' by Jon Glasby (ed.). British Journal of Social Work, 42(4), pp. 794-796. ISSN (print) 0045-3102

Jones, Ray (2012) Charting our own course. Professional Social Work, pp. 24-25. ISSN (print) 1352-3112

Jones, Ray, Mackenzie, Ann, Greenwood, Nan, Atkins, Christine and Habibi, Ruth (2012) General practitioners, primary care and support for carers in England: can training make a difference? Health & Social Care In The Community, 20(2), pp. 128-136. ISSN (print) 0966-0410

Jones, Ray (2012) Social work and the three Rs. Social Work Matters, pp. 20-21.

Jones, Ray (2012) Child protection, social work and the media: doing as well as being done to. Research, Policy and Planning, 29(2), pp. 83-94. ISSN (print) 0264-519X

Jones, Ray (2012) The leadership journey. The International Journal of Leadership in Public Services, 8(2), pp. 77-82. ISSN (print) 1754-8187

Jones, Ray (2011) Successful fostering needs support. Society Guardian, p. 9.

Jones, Ray (2011) Book review of: 'Social care management, strategy and business planning' by Hafford-Letchfield, T. Health and Social Care in the Community, 19(3), p. 336. ISSN (print) 0966-0410

Jones, Ray (2011) History and hindrance: the impact of change and churn on integrating health and social care. Research, Policy and Planning, 28(3), pp. 199-206. ISSN (print) 0264-519X

Greenwood, Nan, Mackenzie, Ann, Habibi, Ruth, Atkins, Christine and Jones, Ray (2010) General practitioners and carers: a questionnaire survey of attitudes, awareness of issues, barriers and enablers to provision of services. BMC Family Practice, 11(100), ISSN (online) 1471-2296

Jones, Ray (2010) A 'liberated' NHS: intentions, impact and implications for local government. Journal of Integrated Care, 18(6), pp. 35-40. ISSN (print) 1476-9018

Jones, Ray (2010) Book Review of: leadership in social care by Zoe van Zwanenberg (ed.). The British Journal of Social Work, 40(6), pp. 2014-2015. ISSN (print) 0045-3102

Jones, Ray (2010) Managing at a distance in social work and social care. Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 14(1), pp. 59-75. ISSN (print) 0953-5225

Jones, Ray (2010) Anticipating and capitalising on change: the General Election and health and social care partnerships. Journal of Integrated Care, 18(1), pp. 20-26. ISSN (print) 1476-9018

Jones, Ray (2009) Children's acts 1948-2008: the drivers for legislative change in England over 60 years. Journal of Children's Services, 4(4), pp. 39-52. ISSN (print) 1746-6660

Jones, Ray (2008) Self-directed support: watching out for the pitfalls. Journal of Integrated Care, 16(1), pp. 44-47. ISSN (print) 1476-9018

Jones, Ray (2007) A journey through the years: ageing and social care. Ageing horizons, 6, pp. 42-51. ISSN (print) 1746-1073

Jones, Ray (2005) A sea change in the teacup! Journal of Integrated Care, 13(4), pp. 2-5. ISSN (print) 1476-9018

Jones, Ray (2004) Bringing health and social care together for older people: Wiltshire's journey from independence to interdependence to integration. Journal of Integrated Care, 12(1), pp. 27-32. ISSN (print) 1476-9018

Evans, Claire and Jones, Ray (2004) Engagement and empowerment, research and relevance: comments on user controlled research. Research Policy and Planning, 22(2), pp. 5-13. ISSN (print) 0264-519X

Jones, Ray (2003) Delayering decisions. ADSS Inform, 12(2), pp. 24-26.

Jones, Ray, Keep, John and Wates, Michelle (2003) Disabled Parents: The Social Context of Impairment. ADSS Inform, 12(1), pp. 16-17.

Jones, Ray (2000) A question of trust: creating care trusts. Health Service Journal, pp. 28-29. ISSN (print) 0952-2271

Jones, Ray and Welch, Bob (2000) A two way process. Community Care, pp. 26-27.

Jones, Ray (1998) Seize the Day. Community Care, pp. 18-19. ISSN (print) 0307-5508

Jones, Ray (1996) Decision making in child protection. The British Journal of Social Work, 26(4), pp. 509-522. ISSN (print) 0045-3102

Jones, Ray (1996) A pathway through the disabilities maze. ADSS News, 5(5), p. 12.

Jones, Ray (1995) Spanning the divide: joint commissioning health and social services. Community Care Management and Planning, 3(4), pp. 112-122. ISSN (print) 1476-9018

Jones, Ray (1983) Living and working on the patch. Community Development Journal, 18(1), pp. 10-19. ISSN (print) 0010-3802

Jones, Ray (1981) Adolescents in care and their social workers: a research note. The British Journal of Social Work, 11(1), pp. 217-222. ISSN (print) 0045-3102

Jones, Ray (1981) Intermediate treatment: research and social policy. Journal of Adolescence, 4(4), pp. 339-352. ISSN (print) 0140-1971

Jones, Ray (1980) The preventative and the penal: a comment on two models of intermediate treatment. Journal of Adolescence, 3(4), pp. 307-320. ISSN (print) 0140-1971

Jones, Ray (1978) Intermediate treatment and adolescents' perceptions of social workers. British Journal of Social Work, 8(4), pp. 425-438. ISSN (print) 0045-3102


Jones, Ray (2019) In whose interest? The privatisation of child protection and social work. Bristol, U.K. : Policy Press. 320p. ISBN 9781447351283

Davies, Keith and Jones, Ray, eds. (2016) Skills for social work practice. London, U.K. : Palgrave. 229p. ISBN 9781137390264

Jones, Ray (2014) The story of Baby P: setting the record straight. Bristol, U.K. : Policy Press. 339p. ISBN 9781447316220

Jones, Ray (1987) Like distant relatives: adolescents' perceptions of social work and social workers. Hants, U.K. : Gower. 304p. ISBN 9780566053238

Jones, Ray and Pritchard, Colin, eds. (1980) Social Work with Adolescents. London, U.K. : Routledge and Kegan Paul. 249p. (Library of Social Work) ISBN 0710006330

Jones, Ray (1979) Fun and Therapy: Consumer and Social Worker Perceptions of Intermediate Treatment (IT papers). National Youth Bureau. 44p. ISBN 9780861550142

Jones, Ray and Kerslake, Andrew (1979) Intermediate Treatment and Social Work. Heinemann. 122p. ISBN 9780435824839

Book Section

Jones, Ray (2017) The improvement journey. In: iMPOWER, (ed.) Shining a light : inaugural children's services essay collection. iMPOWER. pp. 10-11.

Jones, Ray (2016) Writing skills for social workers. In: Davies, Keith and Jones, Ray, (eds.) Skills for social work practice. London, U.K. : Palgrave. pp. 23-39. ISBN 9781137390264

Jones, Ray, Matczak, Anna, Davis, Keith and Byford, Ian (2015) 'Troubled families': a team around the family. In: Davies, Keith, (ed.) Social work with troubled families: a critical introduction. London, U.K. : Jessica Kingsley. pp. 124-158. ISBN 9781849055499

Jones, Ray (2014) Child protection: 40 years of learning but where next? In: Blyth, Maggie, (ed.) Moving on from Munro: improving children's services. Bristol, U.K. : Policy Press. pp. 27-55. ISBN 9781447315667

Jones, Ray (2013) Managing at a distance in social work and social care. In: Hafford-Letchfield, Trish and Lawler, John, (eds.) Perspectives on management and leadership in social work. London, U.K. : Whiting & Birch. pp. 84-104. ISBN 9781861770882

Jones, Ray (2013) Working with the media. In: Parker, Jonathan and Doel, Mark, (eds.) Professional social work. London, U.K. : Learning Matters. pp. 171-187. ISBN 9781446260135

Evans, Clare and Jones, Ray (2012) Changing patterns of service user involvement, 1990-2010. In: Barnes, Marian and Cotterell, Phil, (eds.) Critical Perspectives on User Involvement. Bristol, U.K. : The Policy Press. pp. 89-99. ISBN 9781847427502

Jones, Ray (2010) Protecting children: looking forward. In: Waterman, Chris, (ed.) Take heed Mr Gove. Prestwood, U.K. : Inklink Ltd. pp. 29-33. ISBN 9780956670915

Jones, Ray (2008) Social work and management. In: Barnard, Adam , Horner, Nigel and Wild, Jim, (eds.) The value base of social work and social care: an active learning handbook. Hardcover. Maidenhead, UK : Open University Press. pp. 145-164. ISBN 9780335222155

Evans, Clare and Jones, Ray (2005) Really making it happen in Wiltshire: the experience of service users evaluating social care. In: Lowes, Lesley and Hulatt, Ian, (eds.) Involving service users in health and social care research. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 132-139. ISBN 0415346479

Jones, Ray (1997) Realising the potential. In: Iles, Valerie and Meads, Geoff, (eds.) Health and Social Services in Primary Care: An Effective Combination? London, U.K. : Financial Times Health Care. pp. 9-13. ISBN 044305911x

Jones, Ray (1996) Swimming together: the tidal change for statutory agencies and the voluntary sector. In: Hanvey, Chris and Philpott, Terry, (eds.) Sweet charity: the role and workings of voluntary organisations. London, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 39-57. ISBN 0415138000

Jones, Ray (1995) Disability, discrmination and local authority social services 1: the social services context. In: Zarb, Gerry, (ed.) Removing disabling barriers. London, U.K. : Policy Studies Institute. pp. 108-115. ISBN 9780853746676

Jones, Ray (1983) Justice, social work and statutory supervision. In: Morris, Allison and Filler, Henri, (eds.) Providing criminal justice for children. London, U.K. : Edward Arnold. pp. 89-108. ISBN 9780713163971


Rawlings, Anne, Paliokosta, Paty, Maisey, Daryl, Johnson, Jessica, Capstick, Jenny and Jones, Ray (2014) Study to investigate the barriers to learning from Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) and identify ways of overcoming these barriers. (Project Report) Manchester, U.K. : Department for Education. 112 p. ISBN 9781781053980

Weinstein, Jenny, Ellison, Sarah, Hood, Rick and Jones, Ray (2012) Evaluating the experience of older people and people with mental health issues of being assessed for and receiving a personal budget in Wandsworth. (Project Report) London, U.K. : Wandsworth Local Involvement Network. 59 p.

Jones, Ray, Mackenzie, Ann, Greenwood, Nan, Atkins, Christine and Habibi, Ruth (2010) Evaluation of the pilot GP training programme on carers. (Project Report) London : Kingston University and St. George's, University of London. 66 p. (Unpublished)

Jones, Ray (1982) From resident to community worker: A longitudinal case study of an indigenous neighbourhood worker. (Project Report) Norwich, U.K. : University of East Anglia in association with Social Work Today. 66 p. (Social Work Monographs, no. 10)

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