Former care services manager with a keen interest in the history of the service
Before becoming a residential care advisor with a local authority in the 1970s Jim had worked in a wide variety of residential child care projects. He then undertook advanced studies at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and later gained a Master’s Degree by thesis on the rise and fall of schools for young offenders. He was Principal of a special residential school for adolescents with behavioural difficulties, then Director of Care Services for a diocesan care agency. In the late 1980s Jim was elected Chairman of the Catholic Child Welfare Council for England & Wales, (now superseded by Caritas Social Action) and held office for 6 years. After leaving the care agency at the end of 1995 he worked as a freelance care issues advisor and consultant. He retired from paid work two years ago.
In 1981-82 Jim was President of the Social Care Association. He has written regular contributions for professional journals and magazines., co-edited two social care reviews and written two books - Yesterday’s Answers (1994) on the decline and fall of schools for young offenders and a short history of the Catholic Children’s Society in Westminster, Changing Times Changing Needs (2008).