I qualified as a social worker in 1984 and have worked in England and Scotland. After six years as a generic social worker, I specialised in mental health work and then became a community care team manager. I joined the University in 1997 as a teaching fellow and then became a lecturer in 2004, in order to pursue writing and research. I am currently the under graduate social work degree course director and coordinate the social work law and policy module. Teaching includes adult care law, policy and practice, ethics and values and collaborative working with agencies and with people who use services. In 2009 I started a PhD by publication and I am using the concepts of citizenship and professional discretion to explore how social workers support or limit service users' rights when they are subject to statutory intervention under the Scottish legal framework for adults at risk of harm. This has led to an interest in and publications about the possible impact of devolution on social work law and policy within the UK as a whole
MSc.in Applied Social Research University of Stirling
BA in Public Administration with an Option in Social Work
Certificate of Qualification in Social Work Robert Gordon University
Research interests include mental health, adult support and protection, adult care law policy and practice, and social work education. I am currently exploring whether devolution in the UK is creating different practice environments for frontline workers which then leads to variable practice in promoting the wider social rights of people with disabilities beyond basic assessment and service provision. More specfically in relation to adults at risk of harm, to what extent are the different mental health and mental capacity laws are leading to different responses to risk, autonomy and supported decsion -making. Most recently I have used participative methods to work with practitioners and services users as co-researchers to explore how Scottish adult safeguarding legislation is working in practice.
Mackay K, McLaughlan C, Rossi S, McNicholl J, Notman M & Fraser D (2011) Exploring how practitioners support and protect adults at risk of harm in the light of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007.
Dawson A, Ferguson I, Mackay K & Maxwell M (2009) An Assessment of the Operation of the Named Person Role and its Interaction with other Forms of Patient Representation. Scottish Government - Health & Social Care - Health & Social Care Integration, Edinburgh. Scottish Government.
Mackay K, Wilson M, Richie A & Brady J (2005) Shared Approach to Performance Assessment: Final Report on the Demonstration Projects. Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services; Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services; Scottish Institute for Excellence in Social Work Education. Glasgow: Scottish Institute for Excellence in Social Work Education. https://www.iriss.org.uk/sites/default/files/sieswe-ia-performance-assessment-final-report-2005-08.pdf