During the past few years Paul has become a respected international conference speaker and has given both key note addresses and papers at conferences in the Czech Republic, Croatia, Finland, Hungary and UK. He has also appeared on television and radio phone-in programs to discuss social policy reforms, social work practice issues and contemporary social problems such as violence at football matches.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Paulâ€™s current research interests are in the area of critical practice, prevention and topical issues associated with social and political trends in Europe. He has had a number of articles published in international journals including, prevention in social work, rethinking social work in an age of austerity, the rise of new right 'tea parties' in Europe, Brexit and its implications for social work, and a critical assessment of the legacy of Margaret Thatcher. He has also had chapters published in edited books, including recently a chapter on women, alcohol and loss in the night-time economy and the demise of accountability in public services with a particular focus on the hidden scourge of sepsis.
Paul has recently undertaken cross national research with practitioners in two European cities to examine the role of prevention in mainstream social services. The research has highlighted how particular strategies of prevention can be incorporated in protection plans, thereby assisting practitioners to find the most effective ways of managing risk, enhancing the wellbeing of vulnerable clients and protecting the public. He is currently assisting staff to evaluate the effectiveness of a community resource Centre in one NHS Mental Health Trust in the West of England.