Professor Andy Bilson

Andy is Emeritus Professor in Social Work at the University of Central Lancashire where he is Associate Director of The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation. He works as a researcher and consultant and is an associate of Oxford Policy Management and adjunct professor at the University of Western Australia.

He has been a manager in many posts in social work in the UK and was Director of the Council of Europe’s and UNICEF’s observatory on European children’s rights. He has published widely on child welfare and social work including being co-author of the UNICEF and World Bank toolkits on gatekeeping entry to institutions and standards for child protection services.

Andy’s current work includes studies of child protection in Australia and the UK and work for Eurochild developing a tool to compare costs of institutional care and community support for parents.