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Strathclyde Research Studentship Scheme - - Research Excellence Awards (University) – School of Social Work & Social Policy

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Scholarship summary
Project Title: “Mandatory reporting of child maltreatment in the UK and USA: professional decision-making of nurses working with families of disabled children.”

This PhD studentship aims to explore the controversies surrounding mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect within the particular context of nursing disabled children in the UK and USA. A system of mandatory reporting by certain occupational groups has existed in the USA since the 1960s. Within the UK, the introduction of such a system has been advocated by some and resisted by others. In the context of health services, concerns have been expressed regarding legal, professional and ethical tensions inherent within the clinician/patient relationship where a statutory duty is imposed to report suspected cases of abuse. It has also been suggested that such measures would act as a disincentive for families to seek help. The study will use a multi-method approach including systematic review, survey and interview methods to examine policy and practice in the UK and USA and decision-making processes of health professionals. There will be a strong element of informing practice and dissemination of findings to relevant organisations.

The studentship is funded by the University of Strathclyde. It will be jointly supervised by Dr Christine Jones and Prof Bernard Harris from the School of Social Work and Social Policy, University of Strathclyde and Prof Julie Taylor from the School of Nursing, University of Birmingham.


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Number of scholarships – 1
Value – Home/EU fees and a full stipend for 3 years
Opens – Immediately
Closes – 15th May, 2016
Helps with – The successful candidate will receive an annual stipend and a fee-waiver at Home/EU rates.
Duration – 3 years
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Is this for you?
To apply for the scholarship, applicants should:

• Hold at least a good Honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant Social Sciences discipline. In addition, a Masters degree with a research methods training element or equivalent research experience would be advantageous.
• Be available to commence their academic studies in the UK by September/October 2016

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How to apply –

Upload the following documents to Pegasus

And include the phrase “REA application” in the section on funding:

• A cover letter outlining relevant experience and interest in the project
• **Two academic references** (these can be emailed direct to [email protected])
• A curriculum vitae
• Degree transcripts and certificates
• An English language qualification (required for international candidates)

Contact us –

For informal enquiries about the studentship, please contact Dr Christine Jones: [email protected]

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Publication Date – 18th March 2016

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

How good is research at University of Strathclyde in Social Work and Social Policy?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 15.70

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