Gillian Ruch

Gillian Ruch is Professor of Social Work and works in the Department of Social Work at the University of Sussex and the Tavistock Centre, London. She teaches and researches in the areas of child care social work and relationship-based and reflective practice and is committed to enhancing the wellbeing of children, families and practitioners. Her particular interests are in promoting psycho-social research methods and reflective forums that facilitate relationship-based practice. She has recently co-edited with colleagues Ruch, G., Turney, D. and Ward, A. (2010) Relationship-based Social Work: Getting to the Heart of Practice, London: Jessica Kingsley.

Other relevant publications include:

Beddoe, L., Karvinen-Niinikoski, S., Ruch, G., & Tsui, M.-s. (2015). Towards an international consensus on a research agenda for social work supervision: Report on the first survey of a Delphi study. British Journal of Social Work. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcv110 Read here

Ruch, G., Lees, A., & Prichard, J. (2014). Getting Beneath the Surface: Scapegoating and the Systems Approach in a Post-Munro World. Journal of Social Work Practice, 1-15. doi:10.1080/02650533.2014.925864

Ruch, G. (2013). Beneficence in psycho-social research and the role of containment. Qualitative Social Work. doi:10.1177/1473325013497390

Ruch, G. (2013) ‘Helping children is a human process’: Understanding how social workers communicate with children through ‘practice near’ research, British Journal of Social Work, Advance Access published March 25, doi:10.1093/bjsw/bct045

Ruch, G. (2012) Where Have All the Feelings Gone? Developing Reflective and Relationship-Based Management in Child-Care Social Work, British Journal of Social Work, 42, 7, 1315-1332.

Ruch, G. and Murray, K. (2011) Anxiety, Defences and the Primary Task in Integrated Children’s Services: Enhancing Inter-professional Practice, Journal of Social Work Practice, 25, 4, 433-449.

Ruch, G. (2007) Reflective Practice in Child Care Social Work: the Role of Containment, British Journal of Social Work. 37, 659-680.


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