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Martin Donachy


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I am the Programme Leader for the Post-graduate Certificate Child Protection within the School of Health Nursing and Midwifery. I am a registered Social Worker, having obtained my CQSW at the University of Bristol in 1983, and have twenty five years social work practice experience in local authority settings, initially working in England and, from 1990 onwards, in Scotland. Key areas of expertise have been in adoption and fostering and, most recently, in child protection practice. I joined the University of the West of Scotland in 2006 as a part-time Lecturer / Practitioner to assist in the development of the newly established PgC Child Protection programme and became a full-time Lecturer in 2008.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Interprofessional practice in child protection.

Practitioners’ experience of the effectiveness of multi-disciplinary assessment processes.

The educational experience of practitioners returning to learning in higher education.

Digital literacy of learners returning to higher education.

Current research activities

Supervising student research study evaluating the impact of a bespoke child protection training package in the work place.  

Target collaborative organisations

NHS Boards

Local Authority Social Work Services

Child Protection Committees

External positions

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2013 → …

Trustee / Depute Chair CHILDREN1st (Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect)


Member of British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

2007 → …

Member of the Adoption Policy Review Group – Phase 2, Scottish Executive


Member of British Association of Social Workers

1983 → …


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Child Protection
  • Social Work
  • Multidisciplinary practice
  • RT Nursing
  • Social care
  • Integrated practice

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child protection Social Sciences
education Social Sciences
experience Social Sciences
literacy Social Sciences
learning Social Sciences

Research Output 2012 2012

The role of social workers

Duffy, T. & Donachy, M. 2012 Perinatal Mental Health: A Clinical Guide. Keswick: M&K Publishing, p. 295-306

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter