Biography

Sue Bailey is a Senior Research Associate in the School, currently working on a number of different research projects, as detailed in the Research section.  Sue also co-ordinates the UEA Making Research Count programme, liaising with local authorities in the region and arranging research dissemination events for their staff.  Sue joined the School in 1995, having previously worked in the Economics Research Centre at UEA.
 

All Publications

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Anka, A., Sorensen, P., Brandon, M., Bailey, S.

(2017)

Social work intervention with adults who self-neglect in England: responding to the Care Act 2014,

in Journal of Adult Protection

19

(2)

pp. 67-77

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

Full Text

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Sidebotham, P., Brandon, M., Bailey, S., Belderson, P., Dodsworth, J., Garstang, J., Harrison, E., Retzer, A., Sorensen, P.

(2016)

Pathways to harm, pathways to protection: a triennial analysis of serious case reviews 2011 to 2014: Final report,

Department for Education

Full Text

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Brandon, M., Sorensen, P., Thoburn, J., Bailey, S., Connolly, S.

(2015)

Turning points or turning around: Family coach work with 'troubled families',

in International Journal of Child and Family Welfare

16

(1/2)

pp. 57-77

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)


Brandon, M., Bailey, S., Belderson, P., Larsson, B.

(2014)

The role of neglect in child fatality and serious injury,

in Child Abuse Review

23

(4)

pp. 235-245

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

Full Text UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Cossar, J., Brandon, M., Bailey, S., Belderson, P., Biggart, L., Sharpe, D.

(2013)

'It takes a lot to build trust'. Recognition and Telling: Developing Earlier Routes to Help for Children and Young People,

Office of the Children's Commissioner

Full Text

(Commissioned report)

(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

Full Text

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Brandon, M., Bailey, S., Belderson, P., Larsson, B.

(2013)

Neglect and Serious Case Reviews: University of East Anglia/NSPCC (Report),

Full Text UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Gerrish, N., Bailey, S.

(2012)

Using the biographical grid method to explore parental grief following the death of a child,

in Bereavement Care

31

(1)

pp. 11-17

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Brandon, M., Sidebotham, P., Bailey, S., Belderson, P., Hawley, C., Ellis, C., Megson, M.

(2012)

New Learning from Serious Case Reviews: a two year report for 2009-2011,

Full Text UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Bailey, S., Sellick, C.

(2012)

A needs analysis of Looked After Children and those on the edge of care or custody, and their families in Norfolk and Suffolk,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Woodman, J., Brandon, M., Bailey, S., Belderson, P., Sidebotham, P., Gilbert, R.

(2011)

Healthcare use by children fatally or seriously harmed by child maltreatment: analysis of a national case series 2005-2007,

in Archives of Disease in Childhood

96

(3)

pp. 270-275

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Bailey, S., Thoburn, J., Timms, J.

(2011)

Your shout too! Children's views of the arrangements made and services provided when courts adjudicate in private law disputes,

in Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law

33

(2)

pp. 123-138

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Brandon, M., Sidebotham, P., Bailey, S., Belderson, P.

(2011)

A study of recommendations arising from serious case reviews 2009-2010,

Full Text UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Brandon, M., Sidebotham, P., Ellis, C., Bailey, S., Belderson, P.

(2011)

Child and family practitioners' understanding of child development: Lessons learnt from a small sample of serious case reviews,

Full Text UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Sidebotham, P., Bailey, S., Belderson, P., Brandon, M.

(2011)

Fatal child maltreatment in England, 2005-2009,

in Child Abuse & Neglect

35

pp. 299-306

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Brandon, M., Bailey, S., Belderson, P.

(2010)

Building on the learning from serious case reviews: a two year analysis of child protection database notifications 2007-2009,

Full Text UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Brandon, M., Bailey, S., Belderson, P., Warren, C., Gardener, R., Dodsworth, J.

(2009)

Understanding Serious Case Reviews and their impact: Department for Children, Schools and Families,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


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Key Research Interests

The particular focus for Sue's research over the last six years has been the analysis of serious case reviews, which are undertaken when a child has died, or been seriously harmed, and neglect or abuse is known or suspected to have been a factor.  In addition she has worked on a number of other projects in the School, and her research work has called for a mix of methodologies and skills; including questionnaire design and analysis, statistical analysis of data, literature reviews, interviewing and report writing.

Sue coordinates the local Making Research Count programme, which links the School with local authorities in the region (currently Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk) in order to improve the dissemination of research findings and to promote the development of knowledge-based practice.

Current and Recently Completed Research Projects

Biennial Analyses of Serious Case Reviews;  2003-05; 2005-07; 2007-09; 2009-2011

Sue is joint lead researcher on this Department for Education commissioned project, led by Dr Marian Brandon.  They have now completed their fourth biennial review (https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationDetail/Page1/DFE-RR226) and have built up a database of over 800 cases over these eight years.  This has enabled detailed statistical work on the characteristics of the children at the centre of the reviews, their families, circumstances and agency responses.  By systematically considering the whole set of reviews, they have been able to aggregate and make sense of the information they contain, and the common themes which often link them.  In addition, qualitative research, focusing on a smaller number of cases and using the overview reports and executive summaries resulting from the serious case reviews, has allowed them to explore in greater detail a number of issues.

Since 2009 the team have collaborated with Dr Peter Sidebotham at Warwick University, and the addition of a consultant paediatrician’s expertise has added an additional perspective to the work, and led, over recent years, to a number of articles in health related journals.  Further work on neglect in cases which led to a serious case review has been undertaken for the NSPCC.

The School’s work on the biennial analyses of serious case reviews is highly valued by the DfE, often linked as a resource (for example on Local Safeguarding Children Board websites) and referred to in reports by, among others, Lord Laming and Professor Eileen Munro.

Norfolk Children’s Services and Suffolk Children’s Services; A Needs Analysis of their Looked After Children

Norfolk and Suffolk Children’s Services were planning to jointly introduce an intensive evidence-based intervention (multi-dimensional treatment foster-care for adolescents – MTFC-A) for a number of their looked after children, and were required by the DfE to undertake a needs analysis prior to its commencement.  Together with Dr Clive Sellick Sue carried out this analysis.  They looked at data sets supplied by the two authorities on all their looked after children, and analysed these with regard to factors such as the children and young people’s age, their gender, current placement, placement history, ‘strength and difficulties questionnaire’ scores and where they were living geographically.  These were set in a context of county wide data on Looked-After children’s educational achievement, youth offending, and CAMHS needs.  A brief survey of current provision of services for this group of young people was included.  Finally an analysis of the cost implications of different scenarios, if the intensive interventions were introduced, was undertaken.  For example cost savings would be considerable if young people, after completing the programme, were able to return from residential out-of-county care to in-county foster care, and even greater if they were at some stage to return to live with their families.  However savings were dependent on there being a full complement of young people being involved in the intervention, and on their completion of the programme.

Developing Earlier Routes to Safety for Children and Young People - Office of the Children’s Commissioner  

During 2011/12 Sue has also contributed to this project, which seeks to explore how children and young people recognise and deal with deal with problems of abuse and neglect.  The key research questions are: how do children and young people think about and classify experiences as abuse and neglect; how do children and young people disclose the abuse or neglect they have suffered; and what are young people’s views about the support services they are offered.  

The early stages of this project have included a literature review, and an analysis of posts made to the NSPCC ChildLine message board.

An Evaluation of a Specialist Website for Foster Carers and Fstering Lcal Authority Staff

This study, which involved a number of faculty and research staff in the School, evaluated  the introduction of a specialist website for foster carers in three local authorities.  New forms of information and communication technology, including social networking sites, have become integral to modern life, and they offer both opportunities and challenges to the way that social work practitioners and managers can communicate with, train, and support their foster carers.  The company which developed the website service also envisaged that foster carers could communicate securely with each other, through the site, and that this might encourage the development of an ‘online community’ of carers.  Three authorities took part in the study during 2009-10; a unitary city authority, a London borough and a shire county.

Your Shout Too!

Your Shout Too! was an NSPCC funded project, which sought to ascertain the views of young people, aged 11 and above, who had been involved in court proceedings following the separation of their parents.  Our survey sample of approximately 1,600 young people had been interviewed by a Family Court Adviser or Children’s Guardian for the preparation of a Section 7 or Rule 9.5 report during 2005. CAFCASS sent out, on our behalf, a questionnaire survey to this sample of young people.  The four main research questions were: whether the young people understood the court process;  whether they were satisfied with their level of involvement; whether they were satisfied with the professional services offered to them; and whether they were satisfied with the residence and contact arrangements made for them.  The project ended in 2007 with the final report being published by the NSPCC in that year; two journal articles have subsequently been published.