Dr Rachel RobbinsSenior Lecturer

My key research area is social justice with a particular interest in domestic violence, poverty and disability. My preferred methodological approach is the use of narrative.

Awards

PhD - Manchester Metropolitan University, August 2013

Research Interests

UK Social Policy in relation to Social Work
Feminism, feminist research, practices, and activism
The use of narratives in social policy
Intersections of gender, class and race
Domestic Violence
Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities

I am currently working with a team on the NIHR School for Social Care Research funded project: "To identify and assess the effectiveness of social care's contribution to the development of MARACs and the protection of adults facing domestic violence". Key findings will be around the representation of women within the MARAC process and improving social care input.

Editorships and Consultancies

Journal Reviewer

Social Work Education
Children and Society
British Journal of Social Work
Community, Work and Family

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

Robbins, R., McLaughlin, H., Banks, C., Bellamy, C. & Thackray, D. (2014) "Domestic violence and multiagency risk assessment conferences (MARACs): a scoping review", The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 16

Robbins, R. (2014) "'She Knew What was Coming': Knowledge and Domestic Violence in Social Work Education", Social Work Education: The International Journal
Published online: 20 March 2014

Robbins, R. (2013) "Stories of Risk and Protection: A Turn to the Narrative in Social Policy Education", Social Work Education, 32(3), pp.380-396
DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2012.665866

Robbins, R. (2011) "We assess the stories our service-users tell us - but what about the stories we tell about ourselves? The Writing Stories Project: attempting to engage social work students in social policy learning", Social Policy and Social Work in Transition, Vol. 2. No. 2 [Special Edition on Methodologies]

Research Reports

McLaughlin, H., Robbins, R., Banks, C. and Thackray, D. (2014) "Domestic Violence, Adult Social care and MARACS: Implications for Practice", NIHR School for Social Care Research

Robbins, R. (2008) "Whose side are you on? The use of debate in teaching social policy to social work students", in Through the Looking Glass: Reflective Practice in Post-Compulsory Education, UCLAN

Conference Presentations

McLaughlin, H. Robbins, R., Bellamy, C. Banks, C. and Thackray, D. (2014) "Domestic Violence, MARACs and adult social care – time for a change", JSWEC, Royal Holloway, 24 July

McLaughlin, H. and Robbins, R. (2014) "To identify and assess the effectiveness if social care’s contribution to the development of Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) and the protection of adults facing domestic abuse", NIHR and SSC: Safeguarding adults, LSE, London, April

McLaughlin, H. and Robbins, R. (2014) "MARACs and Adult Social Care", NIHR School for Social Care Research, LSE: London, 4 March

McLaughlin, H., Robbins, R., Bellamy, C., Banks, C., and Thackray, D. (2013) "MARAC and Adult Social Care: Some Preliminary Findings from Research", JSWEC, Royal Holloway, 11 July

Robbins, R. (2013) "Need and Position in Social Policy", Research Institute for Health and Social Change Annual Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK, 4-5 July

McLaughlin, H., Robbins, R., Banks, C., Bellamy, C. & Thackray, D. (2013) "MARAC and adult social care - some preliminary findings from research", Research Institute for Health and Social Change 9th Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 4-5 July

Robbins, R. (2012) "Challenging the Banality of Violence Against Women in Students' Stories", International Social Work and Social Development: Action and Impact, Stockholm, Sweden, July

Robbins, R. (2012) "Whatever happened to anti-racist social work? Whatever happened to 'race'?", SWAN (Social Work Action Network), March

Robbins, R. (2011) "Attending to the Text: Narratives of Risk and Protection from the Writing Stories Project", Research Institute for Health and Social Change Annual Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK, 1 July

Robbins, R. (2010) "Communicate and Engage: The complexities and vulnerabilities of feminist practitioner research in social work education", 12th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference, July

Robbins, R. (2009) "Politics and Participation in classroom based action research", International Gender and Education Conference, Gender and Education Association, March

Supervised Research Student Titles

Classism - contemporary British working class representations and their relation to social justice

Current Teaching Input

I teach on the BA and MA in Social Work and the BA in Social Care. I currently teach on units concerned with social policy, critical perspectives on society, families and individuals, social work and service-user perspectives, contemporary social work issues.

Rachel Robbins

Department

Social Care and Social Work
Birley Building
Birley Fields Campus
53 Bonsall Street
Manchester
M15 6GX

Tel: 0161 247 2066

Email: r.robbins@mmu.ac.uk

Twitter: @DorisDayRobbins