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I am a lecturer in child and family welfare in the School for Policy Studies, having completed my PhD (social work) at the University of Bristol in 2018. I am primarily interested in, and engaged with, research which aims to inform and improve social work and clinical practice with children, young people and their families. 

Currently, I am working on three research projects. I am PI on an ESRC IAA project exploring the feasibility of developing an online learning resource for social workers around parental substance misuse in collaboration with the British Association of Social Workers. I am also Co-I on a Nuffield funded project starting in Autumn 2019 which is exploring discharge of care orders in the family court system. I also work on the NIHR funded ReProvide programme (IRIS+) with colleagues from the Bristol Medical School (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/primaryhealthcare/researchthemes/reprovide/). IRIS+ is a training and support intervention for general practice to improve the response to children experiencing domestic violence and abuse (DVA) as well as men and women experiencing or perpetrating DVA. 

Methodologically, I have particular experience doing case file analysis: my PhD explored the factors associated with social care outcomes for children living with parental substance misuse in England. The study was a retrospective longitudinal case note study and used bivariate and multivariate statistical analysis, including cluster analysis, to explore children's outcomes and factors associated with them.  I am also an experienced qualitative researcher, with experience of undertaking interviews on sensitive topics with children, young people and adults. I also have a keen interest in research ethics, and sit on the School's resarch ethics committee. 


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  • Families and Parenting

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Research Output

Sharing reports about domestic violence and abuse with general practitioners: a qualitative interview study

Pitt, K. S., Dheensa, S., Feder, G. S., Johnson, E. C., Man, M-S., Roy, J., Williamson, E. & Szilassy, E., 17 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : BMC Family Practice. 21, 117, 117 (2020).

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Open Access

Signs of Safety: The view from early help

Roy, J., 7 Jul 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Child Care in Practice.

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  • Open Access


    • 8 Participation in conference
    • 1 Invited talk

    Male Victims: Why a Gender Informed Approach Matters

    Jessica Roy (Speaker)

    21 Mar 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Domestic Violence and Abuse Health Research Group

    Jessica Roy (Invited speaker)

    18 Jul 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Decisions, Assessment, Risk and Evidence in Social Work

    Jessica Roy (Speaker)

    3 Jul 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference