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Jonathan Scourfield is professor of social work at Cardiff University. He has worked at the university for more than 25 years and before this was a school teacher, probation officer and drug rehabilitation worker. He is the Deputy Director of CASCADE, the Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre and has led research on a range of topics – most recently family group conferences. From 2018-2021 he was specialist policy adviser to the Welsh Minister with responsibility for social services. He has three children.