Department of Education

Julie Selwyn

Professor of Education and Adoption

Julie is Professor of Education and Adoption. She leads the Hadley programme of research within the Rees Centre.

The research focuses on improving the outcomes for children looked after by the state and those who leave care on permanence orders such as adoption and special guardianship orders. For example, research on understanding the best ways to train and support those who are parenting children who have been maltreated or are traumatised by past experiences. Her research is ‘close to practice’, ensuring strong partnerships with social care agencies and the third sector.

She is a member of the National Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board. Julie was awarded a CBE for her work in 2015.

Julie has contributed expert evidence to NICE reviews and is an academic advisor to UK and international governments. She has appeared as an expert witness in contested adoption hearings in the Supreme Court in Australia and in family courts in England.

Funded Research Projects:

  • Bright Spots: understanding the subjective well-being of children in care and care experienced adults. A partnership with Coram Voice (a children’s rights charity).

    Start date: 2013

    Funders: Hadley Trust and individual local authorities

  • An evaluation of the regionalisation of adoption agencies (in partnership with Ecorys UK)

    2018 - 2021

    Funder: Department for Education

  • An evaluation of ‘Turning the Tide’ a social impact bond (in partnership with Ecorys UK)

    2018 - 2022

    Funders: North Somerset Council and the Big Lottery

Doctoral Applications

Julie welcomes doctoral applications from students interested in the following research areas:

  • Adoption
  • Looked after Children ( children in care)
  • Care experienced adults
  • Kinship care
  • Children’s subjective well-being
  • Parenting programmes

Publications:

  • Featured Publications

    • Palacios, J, Adroher, S, Brodzinsky, DM, Grotevant, HD, Johnson, DE, Juffer, F, Martínez-Mora, L, Muhamedrahimov, RJ, Selwyn, J, Simmonds, J, Tarren-Sweeney, M (2019) “Adoption in the service of child protection: An international interdisciplinary perspective”, Psychology, Public Policy, and Law.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1037/law0000192

    • Selwyn, J, Wood, M, Newman, T (2017) “Looked after Children and Young People in England: Developing Measures of Subjective Well-Being”, Child Indicators Research. Springer Nature.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s12187-016-9375-1

    • Selwyn, J, Meakings, SJ, Wijedasa, DN (2015) Beyond the Adoption Order: challenges, intervention and disruption. BAAF.

    • SELWYN, J, Meakings, S “Adolescent to parent violence in adoptive families”, British Journal of Social Work. Oxford University Press (OUP).

  • Books

    • Selwyn, J, Meakings, SJ, Wijedasa, DN (2015) Beyond the Adoption Order: challenges, intervention and disruption. BAAF.

    • Saunders, H, Selwyn, J (2013) Best practice in placing sibling groups. London: BAAF.

    • Turney, D, Platt, D, Selwyn, JT, Farmer, ERG (2012) Improving Child and Family Assessments: Turning research into practice. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

    • Saunders, HK, Selwyn, JT (2011) Adopting Large Sibling Groups. BAAF.

    • Selwyn, JT, Quinton, D, Harris, P, Wijedasa, D, Nawaz, S, Wood, MJE (2010) Pathways to Permanence for Black, Asian and Mixed Ethnicity Children. London: BAAF.

    • Selwyn, JT, Sturgess, W, Quinton, DL, Baxter, C (2006) Costs and outcomes of non-infant adoptions. British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF).

    • Boushel, MME, Fawcett, MR, Selwyn, JT (2000) Focus on Early Childhood: Principles and Realities. Blackwell Scientific Publications.

  • Book chapters

    • SELWYN, JULIE (2015) “The home study and assessment of applicants: research evidence”, In: J Alper, D Howe (eds.) Assessing adoptive and foster parents: Improving analysis and understanding of parenting capacity. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 37-62

    • Selwyn, JT, Wijedasa, DN (2009) “The placement of looked after minority ethic children”, In: S G., J Simmonds (eds.) The Child Placement Handbook. London: BAAF. 363-381

    • Quinton, DL, Selwyn, JT (2006) “Adoption in the UK: outcomes, influences and support”, In: C McAuley, P Pecora, W Rose (eds.) Effective Interventions for Children and Families. Jessica Kingsley. 253-265

    • Selwyn, JT (2004) “Placing Older Children in New Families:Changing Patterns of Contact”, In: E Neil, D Howe (eds.) Contact in Adoption and Permanent Foster Care, Research Theory and Practice. London:BAAF Adoption and Fostering. 144-164

    • Selwyn, JT, Sturgess, WA, Quinton, DL, Baxter, C (2004) “Costs of Adoption”, In: C null, A L.Netten (eds.) Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 2004. Kent: PSSRU. 11-17

    • Selwyn, JT (2000) “(i) Fetal development, (ii) Infancy and (iii) Technologies and environments: new freedoms, new constraints”, In: M Boushel, M Fawcett, J Selwyn (eds.) Focus on early childhood: Principles and Realities. Blackwell Scientific Publications. 21-48

    • Selwyn, JT (1999) “A for ever and ever family: siblings' views as represented in reports for adoption hearings”, In: A Mullender (ed.) We Are Family: Sibling Relationships in Placement and Beyond. BAAF. 140-149

    • Selwyn, JT (1996) “"Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who is the fairest of them all?" Involuntary childlessness and identity”, In: I Butler, I Shaw (eds.) A case of Neglect? Children's experiences and the sociology of childhood. Avebury. 37-55

  • Journal articles

    • SELWYN, JULIE, Staines, J, Golding, K (2019) “Nurturing Attachments Parenting Programme: The relationship between adopters’ parental reflective functioning and perception of their children's difficulties”, Developmental Child Welfare.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/2516103219829861

    • Palacios, J, Rolock, N, Selwyn, J, Barbosa-Ducharne, M (2019) “Adoption Breakdown: Concept, Research, and Implications”, Research on Social Work Practice. 29(2) 130-142.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/1049731518783852

    • Selwyn, J (2019) “Sibling Relationships in Adoptive Families that Disrupted or Were in Crisis”, Research on Social Work Practice. 29(2) 165-175.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/1049731518783859

    • Palacios, J, Adroher, S, Brodzinsky, DM, Grotevant, HD, Johnson, DE, Juffer, F, Martínez-Mora, L, Muhamedrahimov, RJ, Selwyn, J, Simmonds, J, Tarren-Sweeney, M (2019) “Adoption in the service of child protection: An international interdisciplinary perspective”, Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. 25(2) 57-72.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1037/law0000192

    • SELWYN, J (2017) “The adoption of looked after maltreated children in England: Challenges, opportunities and outcomes”, Developing Practice: the child youth and family work journal.

    • Wijedasa, D, Selwyn, J (2017) “Examining rates and risk factors for post-order adoption disruption in England and Wales through survival analyses”, Children and Youth Services Review. 83 179-189.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.10.005

    • Selwyn, J, Wood, M, Newman, T (2017) “Looked after Children and Young People in England: Developing Measures of Subjective Well-Being”, Child Indicators Research. 10(2) 363-380.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s12187-016-9375-1

    • Wood, M, Selwyn, J (2017) “Looked after children and young people’s views on what matters to their subjective well-being”, Adoption & Fostering. 41(1) 20-34.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/0308575916686034

    • Selwyn, J, Meakings, S (2016) “Adolescent to parent violence in adoptive families”, British Journal of Social Work. 46(5) 1224-1240.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcv072

    • Meakings, S, Selwyn, J (2016) “‘She was a foster mother who said she didn’t give cuddles’: The adverse early foster care experiences of children who later struggle with adoptive family life”, Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 21(4) 509-519.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/1359104516631608

    • Selwyn, J, Meakings, S (2015) “‘She just didn’t smell right!’ Odour and adoptive family life”, Adoption & Fostering. 39(4) 294-302.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/0308575915612617

    • SELWYN, J, Masson, JM (2014) “Adoption, special guardianship and residence orders: a comparison of disruption rates”, Family Law Journal. 44 1709-1714.

    • Selwyn, J, Masson, JM (2014) “Adoption, special guardianship and residence orders: a comparison of disruption rates”, Family Law Journal. 44 1709-1714.

    • Selwyn, J, Nandy, S (2014) “Kinship care in the UK: using census data to estimate the extent of formal and informal care by relatives”, Child and Family Social Work. 19(1) 44-54.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2012.00879.x

    • Farmer, E, Selwyn, J, Meakings, SJ (2013) “'Other children say you're not normal because you don't live with your parents'.”, Child and Family Social Work.

    • Nandy, S, Selwyn, JT (2012) “Kinship Care and Poverty: Using Census Data to Examine the Extent and Nature of Kinship Care in the UK”, British Journal of Social Work. 1-18.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcs057

    • Selwyn, JT, Nandy, S (2012) “Sibling kinship carers in England: evidence from the 2001 UK Population Census”, Children and Youth Services Review. 34 194-199.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.09.015

    • Staines, JC, Farmer, ERG, Selwyn, JT (2011) “Implementing a Therapeutic Team Parenting Approach to Fostering: The Experience of One Independent Foster-Care Agency”, British Journal of Social Work. 41 (2) 314-332.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcq043

    • Selwyn, JT, Wijedasa, DN (2011) “Pathways to adoption for minority ethnic children in England - reasons for entry to care”, Child and Family Social Work. 16(3) 276-280.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2010.00739.x

    • Selwyn, JT, Sempik, J (2011) “Recruiting adoptive families: the costs of family finding and the failure of the inter-agency fee”, British Journal of Social Work. 41(3) 415-431.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcq075

    • Selwyn, JT, Saunders, HK, Farmer, ERG (2010) “The views of children and young people on being cared for by an independent foster care provider”, British Journal of Social Work. 40(3) 696-713.

    • Selwyn, JT (2010) “The challenges in planning for permanency”, Adoption and Fostering. 34 32-37.

    • Selwyn, JT, del Tufo, S, Frazer, L (2009) “It's a Piece of Cake? An evaluation of an adopter training programme”, Adoption and Fostering. 33 30-43.

    • Quinton, D, Selwyn, JT (2009) “Adoption as a solution to intractable parenting problems: Evidence from two English studies”, Children and Youth Services Review. 31(10) 1119-1126.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2009.07.008

    • Selwyn, JT (2009) “Non-infant adoption from care:lessons for safeguarding”, Child: Care, Health and Development. 35 561-567.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2214.2009.00978.x

    • Saunders, HK, Selwyn, JT (2008) “Supporting informal kinship care”, Adoption and Fostering. 32(2) 31-42.

    • Selwyn, JT, Sturgess, W (2007) “Supporting the placements of children adopted out of care”, Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 12 13-28.

    • Quinton, DL, Selwyn, JT (2006) “Adoption: research, policy and practice”, Child and Family Law Quarterly. 18 (4) 459-477.

    • Selwyn, JT (2006) “More than just a letter”, Adoption and Fostering. 30 6-17.

    • Selwyn, JT, Frazer, LG, Quinton, DL (2006) “Paved with good intentions: the pathway to adoption and the costs of delay”, British Journal of Social Work. 36 (4) 561-576.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch272

    • Selwyn, JT (2006) “Understanding Pathways to Permanence: Adoption and minority ethnic children”, ChildRIGHT (The Childrens Legal Centre). cR223 14-17.

    • Frazer, LG, Selwyn, JT (2005) “Why are we waiting? The demography of adoption for children of black, Asian and black mixed parentage in England”, Child and Family Social Work. 10 (2) 135-147.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2005.00341.x

    • Selwyn, JT, Quinton, DL (2004) “Stability, permanence, outcomes and support: Foster care and adoption compared”, Adoption and Fostering. 28 (4) 6-15.

    • Selwyn, JT, Sturgess, WA (2002) “Achieving Permanency Through Adoption: following in US footsteps?”, Adoption and Fostering. 26(3) 40-49.

    • Selwyn, JT, Rose, S (2000) “Child neglect”, International Social Work. 43(2) 179-192.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/002087280004300204

    • Quinton, DL, Selwyn, JT, Rushton, A, Dance, C (1999) “Contact between children placed away from home and their birth parents”, Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 4 519-532.

    • Quinton, DL, Selwyn, JT, Rushton, A, Dance, C (1998) “Contact with birth parents in adoption: a response to Ryburn”, Child and Family Law Quarterly. 10 349-361.

    • Selwyn, JT (1996) “Ascertaining children's wishes and feelings in relation to adoption”, Adoption and Fostering. 20 14-20.

    • Selwyn, JT (1994) “Spies, Informers and double agents:Adoption assessments and role ambiguity”, Adoption and Fostering. 18.4

    • SELWYN, J, Meakings, S “Adolescent to parent violence in adoptive families”, British Journal of Social Work.

  • Reports

    • Selwyn, J, Briheim-Crookall, L (2017) Our Lives, Our Care. School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol.

    • Selwyn, J (2017) Post-adoption support and interventions for adoptive families: Best practice approaches. Munich: German Research Center on Adoption (EFZA).

    • Ottaway, H, Selwyn, J (2016) "No-one told us it was going to be like this". Fostering Attachments Ltd.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.33955.45606

    • Selwyn, J, Golding, K, Joanne, A, Gurney Smith, B, Hewitt, O (2016) A quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the Nurturing Attachments Group Programme. Adoptionplus.

    • Wijedasa, DN, Selwyn, J (2015) Beyond the Adoption Order. Welsh Assembly Government.

    • Selwyn, J, Meakings, S (2015) Beyond the adoption order (Wales): Discord and disruption in adoptive families.. Welsh Assembly Government.

    • Wood, M, Selwyn, J (2015) Children and Young People's views of being in care. University of Bristol.

    • Selwyn, J, Wood, M (2015) Measuring Well-Being. University of Bristol.

    • Selwyn, J, Wijedasa, DN, Meakings, SJ (2014) Beyond the Adoption Order: challenges, interventions and disruptions. Department for Education.

    • Selwyn, JT, Farmer, E, Meakings, SJ, Vaisey, P (2013) The Poor Relations? Children and Informal Kinship Carers Speak Out. Bristol: School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol.

    • Turney, DJ, Platt, D, Selwyn, JT, Farmer, ERG (2011) Social Work Assessment of Children in Need: What do we know? Messages from research. Department for Education.

    • Wijedasa, DN, Selwyn, JT (2011) Transition to adulthood for adopted young people:Secondary analyses of data from the longitudinal study of young people in England (LSYPE). Hadley Trust.

    • Selwyn, JT, Sempik, J, Wijedasa, D, Thurston, P (2010) Adoption and the inter-agency fee Research Report DCSF-RR149. DCSF.

    • Selwyn, JT, Sempik, J, Wijedasa, DN, Thurston, P (2009) Adoption and the inter-agency fee. DCSF.

    • Selwyn, JT, Wijedasa, DN (2009) An evaluation of a new model for providing adoption services. DCSF.

    • Jenkins, S, Chindoroy, R, Selwyn, JT, Saunders, HK (2009) Foster Carer Payments Schedule and Fees Framework. Welsh Assembly Government.

    • Hutchinson, B, Selwyn, JT (2009) Independent assessment process in relation to the Sexual Orientation regulations and their impact on faith based adoption and fostering agencies. Prime Minister's Office and Government Equalities Office.

    • Saunders, HK, Wijedasa, DN, Selwyn, JT (2008) Educational Support Services provided by Independent Foster Care Providers (IFPs). DCSF.

    • Selwyn, JT, Harris, PP, Quinton, DL, Wijedasa, DN, Nawaz, S, Wood, M (2008) Pathways to Permanence for Black, Asian and Mixed Ethnicity Children: Dilemmas, Decision Making and Outcomes - Research Brief. The Department for Children, Schools and Families.

    • Selwyn, JT, Misca, GM (2006) Could it be you? A national survey of Barnardo's adopters, foster carers and short break carers. Barnardo's.

    • Selwyn, JT, Frazer, LG, Fitzgerald, A (2004) Finding Adoptive Families for Black, Asian and Black Mixed Parentage Children: Agency Policy and Practice. Bristol: NCH and Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies.

    • SELWYN, JULIE, Briheim-Crookall, L OUR LIVES OUR CARE Looked after children’s views on their well-being.

  • Other

    • Selwyn, JT, Wijedasa, DN (2010) Pathways to permanence for Black and Minority Ethnic Children. Leiden, Netherlands:

    • Selwyn, JT (2010) Pathways to permanence for minority ethnic children: expert paper. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Social Care Institute for Excellence 'Guidance on improving the physical health and emotional health and well-being of looked after children and young people.

    • Selwyn, JT (2010) Kinship care: Expert Paper. NICE/SCIE 'Guidance on improving the physical health and emotional health and well-being of looked after children and young people'.

    • Selwyn, JT, Sturgess, WA (2001) International Overview of Adoption: Policy and Practice. School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol.

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