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The Contribution of Six Recently Deceased Pioneer Child Care Researchers in the UK

By Roger Bullock, Dartington Social Research Unit.


This essay looks at the legacy of six pioneer child care researchers who died in the two years before January 2017. It shows that they were not only highly innovatory in terms of theory and methodology but also left a set of studies that stimulated and informed subsequent research. Their contributions demonstrate the benefits of scrutinising current situations in a way that also informs perennial welfare issues and that an integrated programmes of overlapping studies is more likely to produce authoritative findings than a mixture of individual projects.

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About The Author

Roger Bullock is a former director of the Dartington Social Research Unit, Emeritus Professor of Child Welfare Research, University of Bristol and editor of Adoption and Fostering.