Brigid Featherstone qualified as a social worker and worked in the field of social work from 1982-1992. She has been involved in social work education and research since then and has worked at universities in Ireland, England and Germany.
She has an international reputation in the areas of gender, fathers and child protection. Her recent co-authored book (with Sue White and Kate Morris) 'Re-imagining Child Protection: towards humane social work with families' has been highly influential and led to invitations to speak and advise on reforming child protection nationally and internationally. An article with White and Morris 'A marriage made in hell: early intervention meets child protection’, British Journal of Social Work, 44, 1735-1749 won the Kay McDougall prize for article of the year in 2015.
Brigid was involved in Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour International Fathers Day in 2009 and was a member of an expert panel on Costs and Benefits of Active Fatherhood report for the Treasury, which was coordinated by Fathers Direct. She also gave academic advice on Man Made: a report produced by the Coalition on Men and boys (funded by the Home Office, the Equalities Office and EHRC).
Recently, Brigid has been working on the following projects: