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 Children’s Hospital. Taylor’s work is at the leading edge nationally and internationally in reframing child maltreatment as a public health concern. Taylor also has a strong focus on developing strategic research leadership. In 2010 she was appointed to the Research Excellence Framework for Allied Health, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy, serving on panel UoA3 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 in 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, Leeds1986


Julie Taylor [PhD; FRCN; RN; MSc; BSc (Hons)] is a nurse scientist specialising in child maltreatment. She has held previous chairs at the Universities of Edinburgh (NSPCC Child Protection Research Centre) and Dundee (School of Nursing and Midwifery). For three years (2010-2013) she was Head of Strategy and Development (Abuse in High Risk Families) with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). 

Taylor’s research programme is concentrated at the interface between health and social care and is largely underpinned by the discourse of cumulative harm and the exponential effects of living with multiple adversities (domestic abuse, parental mental ill health, substance misuse, disabilities etc). Child protection is a pivotal interdisciplinary academic and practice discipline and as such she influences boundaries between these domains, with work reflected in interdisciplinary policy contexts. She is the author of eight books and over 100 academic articles. 

Julie is a Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science, Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland and a founding member of the Scottish Child Care and Protection Network. Julie has been the Royal College of Nursing’s representative on a number of Scottish Government Child Protection Review Groups and has given evidence to a number of all party parliamentary enquiries. 

In recognition of her work in child protection in 2013 Julie was awarded a prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing.

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
- systematic and other integrative reviews


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 830 delegates, 200 international.

¨      Visiting Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast (2002-2006). Key achievements in that role: research strategy review, RAE submission review, writing for publication courses, mentorship and consultancy, domestic violence research.

¨      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.

¨      Scientific Panel EANS: in January 2006 invited to be a member of the above Scientific Group.

¨      Visiting scholar, University of Balamand, Lebanon (since 2009). Qualitative methods and curriculum development. Resulted in five PhD student registrations at Dundee, and current proposals to develop joint MSc.

¨      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.

¨      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


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.; Strengthening the mother-child relationship following domestic abuse: Service evaluation. Child Abuse Review 24: 261-273 

Taylor, J.; Stalker, K.; Stewart, A. Disabled children’s experiences of the child protection system. Child Abuse Review DOI: 10.1002/car.2386 

Bradbury-Jones, C.; Taylor, J.  Engaging with children as co-researchers: challenges, counter-challenges and solutions. International Journal Of Social Research Methodology 18(2): 161-173 

Seng, J. and Taylor, J. (Eds) Trauma Informed Care in the Perinatal Period London: Dunedin