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Clive Diaz

Dr Clive Diaz

Research Associate, CASCADE

School of Social Sciences

+44 29225 10938
sbarc|spark, Room 03.14, Maindy Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ


I am an experienced lecturer, social worker and researcher. I am particularly interested in carrying out research to gain children and parent’s perspectives of social work services. A further area of research that I am interested in is evidence based practice and working alongside researchers, practitioners and policy makers to try to make practice and policy more evidence informed. In July 2018 I completed my doctoral thesis which explores children’s participation in children in care reviews. This is the largest study of its kind which incorporated the views of over 35 participants. I have recently published a book for Policy Press entitled Decision Making in Child and Family Social Work; Perspectives on Participation which considers the extent to which young people and parents are involved in decision making when there are child protection concerns. I have published a number of journal articles which have considered the way in which parents and children are involved in decision making about their lives when social services are involved.

This autumn I am starting a study which is funded by Health and Care Research Wales which will explore how new Welsh government Child Sexual Exploitation guidance is implemented in practice.















My research has covered various aspects of child and family social work including the extent to which young people and parents play a role in decsion making. I have also carried out research on domesic violence and extra familial harm and my current research study is considering how new child sexual exploitation guidance is being implemented in practice in Wales.


I am a registered social worker who before becoming an academic worked in children's services and adults services for over a decade. I was the Principal Social Worker in two local authorities. I have also worked for the Emergency Duty Team in Avon and worked for a period as a mental health social worker. I have taught on various social work programmes since 2011 and I have worked as a lecturer in social work at various different universities including the University of the West of England, the Open University, the University of Gloucestershire and I currenlty work part time as a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brooks University. I have also taught social work at Bath University and Bristol University.

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