Professor Julie Taylor PhD; RN; MSc; BSc (Hons); RNT; FRCN

Professor Julie Taylor

School of Nursing
Professor of Child Protection

Contact details

School of Nursing
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Julie Taylor is a nurse scientist specialising in child maltreatment. She is Professor of Child Protection at the University of Birmingham, in partnership with Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Current work is focused on witchcraft related violence and abuse against children in East Africa. Taylor also has a strong focus on developing strategic research leadership. In 2018 she was appointed to the Research Excellence Framework for Allied Health, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy, panel UoA3 for REF 2021, having also served there for REF 2014.


Professor of Child Protection:

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing 2013
  • Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science 2005
  • PhD Child Protection, University of Dundee 2000
  • MSc Social Research and Evaluation, University of Huddersfield 1995
  • TDLB D32/33 York 1995
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing with Education, Huddersfield Polytechnic 1992
  • Registered Nurse Teacher, Huddersfield 1992
  • Registered Nurse,  St James’ University Hospital, Leeds 1986


Julie has been undertaking research into the intractable issues of child protection for around 20 years. Her programme of work has concentrated particularly on those vulnerable children who live with multiple adversities, such as domestic abuse, substance misuse and parental mental ill health. Issues of neglect in this group have been particularly salient.

Recent work has focused on disabled children who experience maltreatment. Julie also focuses on children with albinism in the sub-Saharan regions of Africa, exploring welfare and safety issues in a context of violence and witchcraft related abuses. Child protection is inherently multidisciplinary and cross-cultural, reflected in Julie’s research teams and collaborators.

In Birmingham Julie works closely with the Local Children’s Safeguarding Board and NHS safeguarding teams to evaluate and promote best practice. With colleagues she has undertaken evaluations of local initiatives such as child sexual exploitation campaigns and domestic abuse referral schemes. She has strong ties with third sector organisations, having been seconded to NSPCC for three years as strategy and development lead for high risk families; and on the advisory board for the Home Office funded Centre for Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse, led by Barnardo’s. Methodologically Julie has advanced sensitive issues research and is a strong advocate of the use of theory in qualitative research.


Postgraduate supervision

Subject specialism

  • child protection as a public health issue
  • children and young people's experiences of child protection
  • 'good enough' parenting
  • families with complex needs
  • disabled children and child protection
  • child maltreatment
  • child abuse and neglect 


  • qualitative methods
  • RCT
  • systematic and other integrative reviews


  • Taylor, J.; Bradbury-Jones, C., Shah, S. 2019 Ageing with Cerebral Palsy. Burdett Trust Frailties Call.
  • Topping, A.; Taylor, J.; Harper, L. 2018 HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme – Mentorship Scheme NIHR
  • Bradbury-Jones, C., Taylor, J., Yates, P., Allardyce, S. 2018 Evaluation of Good Way programme for harmful sexual behaviour in young people with learning disabilities. NSPCC
  • 2017 Taylor J and Bradbury-Jones C. Evaluation of child sexual exploitation campaign, Sandwell and Birmingham NHS Foundation Trusts
  • 2017 Jones, L (PI); Jolly, K.;  Latthe, P.; Danks, E.; Wardere, H.; Byrne, A.; Taylor, J. Female Genital Mutilation: a qualitative study exploring survivors’ and healthcare professionals’ views on the timing of deinfibulation surgery (FGM Sister Study).
  • 2016 Taylor, J. and Bradbury-Jones, C. Child protection issues in military children and families. NSPCC
  • 2016 Whittaker, A.; Elliott, L.; Dawe, S.; Harnett, P.; Taylor, J;Kirk, C.; Littlewood, P.; Stoddart, A. Improving outcomes for children and families affected by paternal substance use: a feasibility study of the Parents Under Pressure (PuP) programme with a focus on fathers. NIHR Public Health Programme.
  • 2015 Whittaker, A.; Elliott, L.; O’Farrell, T.; Taylor, J; Klostermann, K.; Stoddart, A. Behavioural Couples Therapy as an adjunct to opioid substitution therapy for drug dependent parents: A feasibility study. Chief Scientist Office
  • 2015 Taylor, J.; Fry, D.; Stalker, K.; Franklin, A.; Cameron, A. Perceptions of disabled children and young people’s experiences of the child protection system NSPCC nes, C.; Smith, C.; MacKay, K. Formulating foster care for the under-fives. NSPCC.
  • 2014 Taylor, J.; Mackay, K.; Soliman, F.; Gadda, A.; Clayton, E.; Titterton, M. Mapping the landscape of child protection.
  • 2013 Taylor, J. ; Fry, D.; Stalker, K.; Practitioners working with disabled children and young people in the child protection system Scottish Government 
  • 2012 Bradbury-Jones, C.; Kroll, T.; Taylor, J.; McGillvray, S.; Lazenbatt, A.; Devaney, J.Investigating the relationship between disability, domestic abuse and access to maternity healthcare: implications for reproductive health and wellbeing Wellbeing of Women 
  • 2011 Daniel, B. ; Taylor, J.; Derbyshire, D. Action on neglect ESRC Follow-on Fund. 
  • 2011 Taylor, J.; Buttle, E. Domestic abuse: Recovering together Department of Health Third Sector Investment Programme: Innovation, Excellence and Service Development Fund. 
  • 2011 Bradbury-Jones, C. (P.I.); Innes, N.;  Jones, D.; Ballantyne, F. Health Visitors’ role in assessing oral health in children: Investigating dental neglect thresholds Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland. 
  • 2011 Minnis, H. (P.I); Wilson, P.; Boyd, K.; Norris, J.; Messow, C-M.; Bryce, G.; Donaldson, J.; Zeanah, C.; Taylor, J. Evaluation of the New Orleans intervention model for infant mental health in Glasgow Chief Scientist Office 
  • 2011 Taylor, J. (P.I.); Hunter, H.; Rahilly, T. Children who go missing from care: A participatory project with young people as peer interviewers. BASPCAN. 
  • 2011 McGhee, J.; Daniel, B.; Mitchell, F.; Rigby, P.; Palmer, M.; Taylor, J.; Barron, I. Meeting children’s needs for care and protection: Key issues for longitudinal research Scottish Universities Insight Institute 
  • 2011 Cameron, J. (P.I.); Bagambaki, I.; Taylor, J.S. Saving lives, saving mothers. Improving maternity care services in Rwanda DeLPHE/British Council 
  •  2010 Taylor, J.S.(P.I.); Kroll, T.; Duncan, F.; Bradbury-Jones, C. Health professionals’ beliefs about domestic abuse and the impact these have on their responses to disclosure Chief Scientist Office 
  • 2010 Scottish Child Care and Protection Network Child protection practitioner briefs The Scottish Government 
  • 2010 Taylor, J.S. (P.I.); Odonkor, P.; Wilkie, K.; Jackson, A. Towards sustainable health resources in Lesotho DeLPHE/British Council 
  • 2015 Levy, S.; Taylor, J. Child protection digital playground. Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme 
  • 2015Daniel, B.; Brandon, M.; Devaney, J.; Holland, S.; Taylor, J.; Thomas, C. Feasibility and preparation of a proposal on child neglect for ESRC Centre grant. Sir Halley Stewart Trust 
  • 2015 Whittaker, A.; Elliott, L.; O’Farrell, T.; Taylor, J; Klostermann, K.; Stoddart, A. Behavioural Couples Therapy as an adjunct to opioid substitution therapy for drug dependent parents: A feasibility study. Chief Scientist Office 
  • 2015 Taylor, J.; Jones, C.; Smith, C.; MacKay, K. Formulating foster care for the under-fives. NSPCC 
  • 2013 Bradbury-Jones, C.; Taylor, J. HE Social Entrepreneurship 'Do It Award' for a project entitled 'The Abused Women Awareness, Recognition and Empowerment (AWARE) Project' 
  • 2013 Taylor, J,; Cuthbert, C. and Moy, M. Child abuse, stress and the early years (CASEY) scoping study. NSPCC and University of Michigan 
  • 2013 McGhee, J., Dibben, C.; Grainger, L., Daniel, B. and Taylor, J. Children vulnerable to maltreatment and or neglect. Scoping the capacity of the Scottish Longitudinal Survey.  Scottish Government

Other activities

International Relations

  • Convenor: International Congress of the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Edinburgh April 2015.
  • Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science (since May 2005). EANS is an independently organised body composed of invited members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of nursing science in Europe through scholarship and research. The purpose of the Academy is to sustain a forum of European nurse scientists to develop and promote knowledge in nursing science and to recognise research and scholarly achievement in the pursuit of excellence. Regularly lead cohort of 30+ doctoral students from over 22 EU countries.
  • Visiting scholar, University of Michigan, 2015; 2016; 2017.
  • Visiting professor, Univeristy of Tampere, 2017.
  • Visiting scholar, University of Balamand, Lebanon (since 2009). Qualitative methods and curriculum development.
  • Visiting professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queens University Belfast (2002-2006).
  • Founding member Gender and Child Welfare Network, an international multiprofessional network established 2003. The Network made an official response to the government green paper Every Child Matters, a response accepted for publication. The Network held its first conference in 2005 and a special issue of the international journal Critical Social Policy reported the papers from the conference.
  • International Steering Group for Social Work Advisory Group Research Highlights 2009-2015
  • Cochrane Collaboration Child Health Group 2002-2010 

National Relations

  • Founding member Scottish Centre for Child Care and Protection, an interdisciplinary collaborative network to co-ordinate  evaluation, research and dissemination activity.
  • Registered expert researcher with Research in Practice, the largest childcare research implementation project in the country.
  • Organising Committee for 2007 RCN Annual Nursing Research Conference, hosted by Dundee.
  • Organising Committee for 2018 RCN Annual Nursing Research Conference, hosted at Birmingham.
  • Visiting Professor, School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, since 2010.
  • Honorary Professor, Dept of Nursing and Dept of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling, since 2011.
  • Visiting Professor, School of Education, University of Edinburgh (2011-2013).
  • Chair of External Expert Reference Group: NSPCC Physical Abuse in High Risk Families.
  • Gave evidence to House of Lords Adoption Select Committee 4/12/2012 

Advisor to Research Bodies

  • Medical Research Council (MRC) Advisory Board member (2002-2005).
  • Big Lottery Fund Medical and Social Research Advisory Panel (2002-2008).
  • International Scientific Advisory Panel, RCN Research Society (2005-2013). 

Reviewer for Research Funding Bodies

  • MRC Health of the Public (2003-2012).
  • Big Lottery Fund (2002-2010).
  • Regular invited reviews of policy and evaluation commissioning documents, nationally and internationally – most recently for ESRC; Nuffield; Chief Scientist Office; NIHR; US National Institute for Health; Norwegian Government; University of Namibia.
  • Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland Projects Board (2005-2011).
  • Scottish Government Office of the Chief Scientist (since 2009).
  • National Institute for Health Research (since 2011). 

Government Working Groups

  • Scottish Government Working Group: Getting Our Priorities Right (2012) Updated Good Practice Guidance for use by all practitioners working with children, young people and families affected by substance use
  • Scottish Government Working Group: National Guidance for Health Professionals on Child Protection (The Pink Book): 2011-2012.
  • Scottish Government Working Group on National Guidelines for Child Protection (RCN nominated: 2009)
  • NHS Quality Improvement Scotland Vulnerable Families Pathways Steering Group (RCN Nominated: 2009)
  • Editorial Committee and Task Force member, Public Health Nursing Review, Scottish Executive. Resulted in the publication of ‘Nursing for Health.  A review of the contribution of nurses, midwives and health visitors to improving the public’s health’. 2001.
  • Home Office: Violence Against Women Group (2012).
  • All Party Parliamentary Group: Alcohol Misuse and Children (2013).
  • All Party Parliamentary Group: Forced Marriage (2012).
  • Office of the Children’s Commissioner (England and Wales): Teenage Violence (2014). 

Professional Committees and Advisory Groups

  • HEFCE Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2013 Sub-panel Three (Allied Health, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy) (2011-2014).
  • Co-opted steering group member, Royal College of Nursing Research Society 2006-2010; Appointed member under revised constitution 2010-2015.
  • NICE Steering Group: Guidance on Physical Abuse of Children (2008).
  • Universities Scotland International Steering Group in Higher Education (2009-2010).
  • Projects Committee member Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS) (2005-2011).
  • QNIS Council Member 2007-2015.
  • Chair of Joint Nursing Committee, QNIS, 2009-2015
  • NHS Scotland Public Health Institute for Scotland mentor (2005-2011).
  • NHS Tayside R&D and University Scientific Review Group 2004-2010. 
  • National Board for Scotland for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting (NBS) Register of Experts 1997-2002.
  • Specialist Registry Member, English National Board (ENB) 1996-1998.
  • Total Quality Management Facilitator. York University 1993-1997. 

Editorial and Journal Profile

  • With Danielle Turney (Bristol), guest editor for Special Edition Child Abuse Review on Interventions for Child Neglect: published summer 2014.
  • With Anne Lazenbatt (QUB), guest editor for Special Edition Child Care in Practice on Physical Abuse in High Risk Families: published summer 2013.
  • Associate Editor Child Abuse Review (2007-2012).
  • Editorial Board: Child Abuse Review (since 2012).
  • Editorial Board: Child and Family Social Work (2008-2015).
  • Editorial Board: Nurse Researcher (2009-2015).
  • Editor of Research Headlines, the publication of the RCN Research Society (2006-2010)
  • Editor: Research Highlights in Social Work (Book Series: Jessica Kingsley) (since 2008) 

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Full member International Society for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Full member Royal College of Nursing; RCN Research Society
  • RCN Child Protection Society.
  • Full member Institute of Teaching and Learning
  • Invited member of International Poverty Network
  • Member UK Council for Graduate Education
  • Full member British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect


  • Bradbury-Jones, C., Ogik, P., Betts, J., Taylor, J., Lund, P. 2018 Beliefs about people with albinism in Uganda: A qualitative study using the Common-Sense Model PLoS ONE 13 (10)
  • Waigwa, S.; Doos, L.; Bradbury-Jones, C.; Taylor, J. 2018 Effectiveness of health education as an intervention designed to prevent female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C): A systematic review. BMC Reproductive Health 15 (62):
  • Knag Fylkesnes, M.; Taylor, J.; Iverson, A. 2018 Precarious participation: exploring ethnic minority youth’s narratives about out-of-home placement in Norway. Children & Youth Services Review 88: 341-347
  • Clayton, E.; Jones, C.; Brown, J.; Taylor, J. 2018 Child Abuse Review The aetiology of child sexual abuse: a critical review of the empirical evidence 27 (3): 181-197
  • Franklin, A.; Lund, P.; Bradbury-Jones, C.; Taylor, J. 2018 Children with albinism in African regions: their rights to ‘being’ and ‘doing’. BMC International Health & Human Rights 18:2 DOI 10.1186/s12914-018-0144-8
  • Sperlich, M.; Seng, J.; Li, Y.; Taylor, J.; Bradbury-Jones, C. 2017 Integrating Trauma-Informed Care into Midwifery Practice: Conceptual and Practical Issues Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health. doi:10.1111/jmwh.12674
  • Sperlich, M.; Seng, J.; Rowe, H.; Fisher, J. Cuthbert, C.; Taylor, J.  2017 A Cycles-Breaking framework to disrupt intergenerational patterns of maltreatment and vulnerability during the childbearing year Journal of Obstetric, Gynecological & Neonatal Nursing 46 (3): 378-389
  • Titterton, M. and Taylor, J.S. 2017 Risk and resilience reconceptualised British Journal of Social Work
  • Bradbury-Jones, C.; Herber, O.; Breckenridge, J.; Wagstaff, C.; Clark, M.; Taylor, J. 2017 The state of qualitative research in health and social care. Focused mapping review and synthesis International Journal of Social Research Methodology
  • McConnell, N.; Barnard, M.; Taylor, J. 2017Caring Dads Safer Children: Families' perspectives on a intervention for maltreating fathers Psychology of Violence Special Issue DOI 10.1037/vio0000105
  • Taylor, J.; Bradbury-Jones, C.; Breckenridge, J.; Jones, C.; Herber, O. 2017 Risk of Vicarious Trauma in Nursing Research: A Focused Mapping Review and Synthesis Journal of Clinical Nursing
  • Jones, C.; Stalker, K.; Franklin, A.; Fry, D.; Cameron, A.; Taylor, J. 2017  Enablers of help-seeking and protection from abuse for deaf and disabled children: a qualitative study Child & Family Social Work. 22: 762-771
  • Taylor, J.; Stalker, K.; Stewart, A. 2016 Disabled children’s experiences of the child protection system. Child Abuse Review DOI: 10.1002/car.2386
  • Bradbury-Jones, C., Taylor, J., Breckenridge, J.; Devaney, J.; Lazenbatt, A.; Kroll, T. Priorities and strategies for improving disabled women’s access to maternity services when they are affected by domestic abuse: a multi-method study using concept maps BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth
  • Ashley, L.; Armitage, G.; Taylor, J. 2016 Recognising and referring children exposed to domestic abuse: a multi-professional, proactive systems-based evaluation using a modified Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Health & Social Care in the Community early view
  • Kelly, D.; Kent, B.; McMahon, A.; Taylor, J.; Traynor, M. 2016 Impact Case Studies submitted to REF2014: the hidden impact of nursing research Journal of Research in Nursing 21 (4) online open
  • Soliman, F.; Mackay, K.; Clayton, E.; Gadda, A.; Jones, C. Anderson, A.; Jones, D.;Taylor, J. 2016The landscape of UK child protection research between 2010 and 2014: disciplines, topics, and types of maltreatment Children and Youth Services Review
  • Jones, C. ; Taylor, J.; Mackay, K.; Soliman, F.; Clayton, E.; Gadda, A.;  Anderson, A.; Jones, D. 2016 The Landscape of UK Child Protection Research 2010 to 2014: a mapping review of substantive topics, maltreatment types and research designs. Child Abuse Review DOI: 10.1002/car.2429
  • Taylor, J.; Bradbury-Jones, C.; Lazenbatt, A., Soliman, F. (2015) Pathways to long-term effects of child abuse and neglect: Chronic and long-term conditions? Journal of Public doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdv117
  • Taylor, J.; Randall, D; Childers-Buschle, K.(2015)  Investigation of child protection standard operating policies for research in Higher Education Institutes in the United Kingdom. BMC Medical Ethics
  • Stalker, K.; Taylor, J.; Fry, D.; Stewart, A. (2015) A study of disabled children and child protection in Scotland – A hidden group? Children and Youth Services Review 56: 126-134
  • Randall, D.; Taylor, J.; Anderson, A. 2015) Is research safe for children?  A review of current policies and procedures to protect children in research settings J of Child Health Care DOI: 10.1177/1367493515587060
  • Smith, E.; Barnard, M.; Belton, E. Taylor, J.; 2015 Strengthening the mother-child relationship following domestic abuse: Service evaluation. Child Abuse Review 24: 261-273
  • Bradbury-Jones, C.; Taylor, J. 2015  Engaging with children as co-researchers: challenges, counter-challenges and solutions. International Journal Of Social Research Methodology 18(2): 161-173