Professor Ray Jones
Kingston University and St. George’s, University of London
Dr Ray Jones is Emeritus Professor of Social Work at Kingston University and St. George’s, University of London, and a registered social worker. From 1992 to 2006 he was director of social services in Wiltshire. He was the first chief executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, and has been deputy chair and chair of the British Association of Social Workers. From 2008 to 2016 he was professor of social work at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Exeter and at the University of Bath and is an honorary fellow of the University of Gloucestershire. He has led inquiries following the deaths of children and adults, from 2009 to 2013 was chair of Bristol’s Safeguarding Children Board, and from 2010 until 2016 oversaw child protection improvement in Salford, Torbay, the Isle of Wight, Sandwell and Devon. He is the author of seven books including ‘The Story of Baby P: Setting the Record Straight’, which was published in July 2014 and informed a BBC Television documentary and a second up-dated and expanded edition was published in February 2017. His most recent book ‘In Whose Interest? The Privatisation of Child Protection and Social Work’ was published by Policy Press in December 2018 and he is now working on ‘The History of the Personal Social Services’ for publication in 2020. He is a regular press columnist and media commentator, has frequently given evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees, and in 2017 he received the Social Worker of the Year Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Social Work’.