Andy BilsonProfessor Andy Bilson

Emeritus Professor of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire

Adjunct Professor, University of Western Australia

Andy is Emeritus Professor at the University of Central Lancashire where he is associate director of The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation. He continues to work as a researcher and consultant promoting children’s rights and reform of child protection systems. He is committed to developing systems that support families and reduce institutionalisation and unnecessary removal of children from their families and is a member of the board of Hope and Homes for Children.


Current workSlide3

  • Research into the child protection systems in the UK including a recent study showing 22.5% of children born in 2009-10 were referred to children’s services before their fifth birthday
  • Further research into child protection in Western Australia
  • Leading the development of the training manual for the PEER project which involves partners in nine countries working with Roma young people aged 12-18 in participative action research in their communities
  • Developing a framework for costing care and comparisons with alternatives for Eurochild and the better care network to be trialed in 2 countries

Recent work