Martin Kettle


  • 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom

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Dr Martin Kettle is the Programme Lead for the MSc in Social Work and the Postgraduate Award Chief Social Work Officer. 

Martin is a qualified social worker with over thirty years’ experience in practice, management and policy, including time spent as a Professional Advisor with the Scottish Executive on child protection reform. His doctoral research was a grounded theory study of child protection social work. His teaching at GCU focuses on risk and protection issues, the law and its application to social work, social work practice and research methods. His research interests include child and adult protection, professional identity, decision-making, personalisation and Self Directed Support. 

In 2016 Martin was the Principal Investigator on a study of integrated learning in social work commissioned by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), which can be downloaded here: 

He is currently working on a longitudinal study of Newly Qualified Social Workers on behalf of the SSSC. The project website is: 

His most recent publications are: 
2017 (with Sharon Jackson) Revisiting the Rule of Optimism British Journal of Social Work 
(2018) A balancing act: a grounded theory study of the professional judgement of child protection social workers, Journal of Social Work Practice 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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