Professor Ian Butler
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Dean
1 West 3.25
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3294
Queen's Anniversary Prize
View an overview of the research that contributed to the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2012.
Ian Butler is Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. He is a qualified social worker with considerable practice and managerial experience. He has worked in residential and field settings, mainly with children and their families, in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors. He also worked as a parliamentary research assistant for members of the Labour Party before taking up post as a lecturer in social work at Cardiff University.
He was Director of Social Work Studies at Cardiff before moving to Keele University where he was Professor of Social Work and Dean of the Graduate School. He was also Visiting Professor in the Department of Child Health, Cardiff University between 2001 and 2004.
He is a member of the Academy of Social Sciences (2003); a past Editor of the British Journal of Social Work (1999- 2004) and former Chair of the JUC SWEC (2003/4).
In 1995, he was made an Honorary Member of the Council of the NSPCC in recognition for his work in the field of child protection. From 2003 to 2012, Professor Butler was seconded to the Welsh Assembly Government where he was Special Advisor to the First Minister for Wales.
He is a Member of the Board of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS), England.
- development of public policy affecting children, young people and their families
- the role of policy failures, iconic cases and scandal in the production of welfare policy and in the micro-politics of policy making.
- children and young people and the accounts that they provide of the lived experience of contemporary childhood(s) and current forms of welfare
- Boys and Domestic Violence (ESRC)
- Moral Panics and Social Work (ESRC Seminar Series)
- New Families; New Governance (Leverhulme International Network Grant)
Butler, I. and Drakeford, M., 2011. Social Work on Trial:The Colwell Inquiry and the State of Welfare. Policy Press.
Butler, I., Murch, M., Douglas, G., Scanlan, L. and Robinson, M., 2003. Divorcing Children: Children's Experience of Their Parents' Divorce. Jessica Kingsley.
Gadd, D., Corr, M.-L., Fox, C. and Butler, I., 2015. Like father, like son? Young men’s responses to domestic violence between parents. In: Hyden, M., Gadd, D. and Wade, A., eds. Response Based Approaches to the Study of Interpersonal Violence. Basingstoke, U. K.: Palgrave, pp. 19-35.
Robinson, M., Scanlan, L. and Butler, I., 2009. 'It feels normal that other people are split up but not your mum and dad':Divorce through the eyes of children. In: Substitute Parents.Vol. 3. Berghahn Books, pp. 323-339.
Butler, I., 2009. A Code of Ethics for social work and social care research. In: Gray, M. and Webb, S., eds. International Social Work. Thousand Oaks, CA.: Sage Publications.
Gadd, D., Corr, M.-L., Fox, C. L. and Butler, I., 2014. This is abuse… or is it? Domestic abuse perpetrators’ responses to anti-domestic violence publicity. Crime Media Culture, 10 (1), pp. 3-22.
Gould, N. and Butler, I., 2009. Reefer madness: seeking the links between evidence, policy and practice. Journal of Children's Services, 4 (4), pp. 2-5.
Fox, C. L. and Butler, I., 2009. Evaluating the effectiveness of a school-based counselling service in the UK. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 37 (2), pp. 95-106.
Butler, I. and Drakeford, M., 2008. Booing or cheering? Ambiguity in the construction of victimhood in the case of Maria Colwell. Crime Media Culture, 4 (3), pp. 367-385.
Fox, C. and Butler, I., 2007. 'If you don't want to tell anyone else you can tell her': young people's views on school counselling. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 35 (1), pp. 97-114.
Drakeford, M. and Butler, I., 2007. Everyday tragedies: justice, scandal and young people in contemporary Britain. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 46 (3), pp. 219-235.
Butler, I., Ellaway, B. A., Sibert, J. R., Kemp, A. M., Dunstan, F. D., Rolfe, K. and Payne, E. H., 2004. Are abused babies protected from further abuse? Archives of Disease in Childhood, 89, 845--846.
Sibert, J. R., Lyons, R. A., Butler, I., Morgan, R. J. H., Rolfe, K., Barber, M., Kemp, A. M. and Payne, E. H., 2002. The Incidence of Severe Physical Child Abuse in Wales. Child Abuse and Neglect, 26, 267--276.
Butler, I., 2002. A Code of Ethics for social work and social care research. British Journal of Social Work, 32 (2), pp. 239-248.