Biography

Chris Beckett is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work, teaching on the qualifying social work programmes and the Continuing Professional Development leadership and management programme. Prior to joining UEA in 2010 he worked at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, and before that as the Team Manager of a Children and Families fieldwork team in Cambridge. Dr Beckett has written several textbooks (most recently Assessment and Intervention in Social Work). He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Ethics and Social Welfare and has a parallel career as a writer of fiction.  

 

 

 

All Publications

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Beckett, C., Dickens, J.

(2017)

Making a target work: messages from a pilot of the six-month time limit on care proceedings in England,

in Child and Family Social Work

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Beckett, C., Maynard, A., Jordan, P.

(2017)

Values and Ethics in Social Work,

Sage Publications

ISBN 9781473974814, 9781473974807

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Beckett, C., Dickens, J., Schofield, G., Philip, G., Young, J.

(2016)

Independence and effectiveness: Messages from the role of Independent Reviewing Officers in England,

in Children and Youth Services Review

71

pp. 148–156

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Dickens, J., Beckett, C., Bailey, S.

(2016)

Outcomes for children of shorter court decision-making processes: A follow-up study of the Tri-borough care proceedings pilot,

Centre for Research on Children and Families, UEA

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Dickens, J., Schofield, G., Beckett, C., Young, J., Philip, G.

(2015)

Care Planning and the Role of the Independent Reviewing Officer: Research Report, October 2015,

Centre for Research on Children and Families, UEA

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Fleming, P., Biggart, L., Beckett, C.

(2015)

Effects of professional experience on child maltreatment risk assessments: A comparison of students and qualified social workers,

in The British Journal of Social Work

45

(8)

pp. 2298-2316

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Dickens, J., Beckett, C., Bailey, S.

(2014)

Justice, speed and thoroughness in child protection court proceedings: messages from England,

in Children and Youth Services Review

46

pp. 103-111

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Dickens, J., Schofield, G., Beckett, C., Philip, G., Young, J.

(2014)

Care planning and the role of the independent reviewing officer: research briefing,

Centre for Research on Children and Families, UEA

(Other report)

(Published)


Beckett, C., Dickens, J.

(2014)

Delay and Anxiety in Care Proceedings: Grounds for Hope?,

in Journal of Social Work Practice

28

(3)

pp. 371-382

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Beckett, C., Dickens, J., Bailey, S.

(2014)

Concluding Care Proceedings within 26 Weeks: Report of the Evaluation of the Tri-borough Care Proceedings Pilot, Updated Version,

Centre for Research on Children and Families, UEA

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Beckett, C., Pinchen, I., McKeigue, B.

(2014)

Permanence and ‘Permanence’: outcomes of family placements,

in The British Journal of Social Work

44

(5)

pp. 1162-1179

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Beckett, C., Dickens, J., Bailey, S.

(2013)

Concluding Care Proceedings Within 26 Weeks: Report of the evaluation of the Tri-borough care proceedings pilot,

Centre for Research on Children and Families, UEA

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Beckett, C., Maynard, A.

(2012)

Values and Ethics in Social Work,

Sage Publications Ltd

ISBN 9781446203200

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Beckett, C., Taylor, H.

(2010)

Human growth and development, 2nd edition,

Sage

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Beckett, C., McKeigue, B.

(2010)

Objects of Concern: Caring for Children during Care Proceedings,

in British Journal of Social Work

40

(7)

pp. 2086

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Beckett, C.

(2010)

Assessment and Intervention in Social Work: preparing for practice,

Sage

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


McKeigue, B., Beckett, C.

(2010)

Squeezing the Toothpaste Tube: will tackling court delay result in pre-court delay in its place?,

in The British Journal of Social Work

40

(1)

pp. 154-169

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Walker, S., Beckett, C.

(2010)

Social work assessment and intervention,

Russell House, Lyme Regis

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Beckett, C.

(2009)

The ethics of control (editorial),

in Ethics and Social Welfare

3

(3)

pp. 229-233

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Taylor, H., Beckett, C., McKeigue, B.

(2008)

Judgements of Solomon: anxieties and defences of social workers involved in care proceedings,

in Child and Family Social Work

13

(1)

pp. 23-31

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


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Key Research Interests

Chris Becketts's empirical research to date has been to do with care proceedings and what happens to children during, before and after these lengthy decision-making processes. This interest arose from concerns during his time as a social work team manager about very lengthy processes which seemed to take on a life of their own, and sometimes seemed in danger of making children into ‘objects of concern’ to be discussed ad infinitum, rather than bearing them in mind as living human beings, waiting in temporary care for a decision about their future.  See, for instance, the articles ‘Children in Limbo’ or ‘Objects of Concern’ listed under his selected publications.

Chris is also interested in the relationship between discourse and reality in the social work field.   This arises partly from his observation in practice and in academic life that there is often a sharp mismatch (in many different areas, including discourse about care proceedings) and partly from his interest, as a writer, in the use and misuse of language and rhetorical devices. See, for instance, the articles ‘The Reality Principle’, ‘The Swedish Myth’ or ‘The Language of Siege’ or ‘Care Proceedings under the 1989 Children Act’.

Current and recent research projects:

Investigation of care planning and the role of the IRO (2012-14)

Evaluation of the Tri-Borough Care Proceedings Pilot (2012–2013)
 

Teaching Interests

BA in Social Work

Human Growth and Behaviour

Self and Society

MA in Social Work

Human Growth and Behaviour

Social Work Theory Workshops
 
 
Chris also has responsibility for the Leadership and Management for Continuing Professional Development Programme and teaching on the Leadership and Management module ‘Managing Risk and Change’.