Ian Milligan

Senior Lecturer

Personal Statement

Ian is involved in international policy and practice development in the field of 'Alternative care' - children who are in foster, kinship or residential care. He is one of the authors of Moving Forward: Implementing the UN Guidelines on the Alternative Care of Children, published in 2013 and now translated into 6 languages including Russian and Chinese (Mandarin). With CELCIS colleagues, and other Scottish experts, Ian has provided consultancy, research, evaluation and training services in a number of countries. As International lead for CELCIS Ian is involved in building  partnerships with  UNICEF, NGOs and academic institutions to develop policy and increase the knowledge and skills of child welfare professionals across the world. Ian has acted as a consultant to the Scottish and UK governments.

Ian has research interests in many aspects of policy and practice concerning residential and foster care and related areas such as the training of care staff and social workers. With colleagues he has written and edited text-books on residential child care for social work students and others involved with 'looked after' children.

He is closely associated with developments in social pedagogy in the UK and has contributed to a number of evaluations. He is also interested in inter-professional collaboration.

Industrial Relevance

Ian Milligan worked in church based youth and community projects before going to work in local authority children's homes in Glasgow in 1983.  Starting off as a houseparent he worked in a number of homes and became a home manager.  His last post was setting up a small unit for younger children which opened in Glasgow in 1990.

Ian then moved into teaching social work and social care in Further Education at Langside College in Glasgow, before moving to the University of Strathclyde.

Ian has been on the staff of SIRCC - the predecessor organisation to CELCIS - from its origins in 1999.  In June 2000 he was appointed as a SIRCC-funded lecturer in the Department of Social Work at Strathclyde University.  From June 2000 until 2003 he headed the academic team developing the new residential child care pathway on the BA/DipSW course.  In October 2003 he took on the coordination of the SIRCC short course (in-service) programme, and in June 2005 was appointed one of two Assistant Directors. In that role he has taken the lead in policy matters and continued to undertake research and consultancy. Ian was a member of two of the working groups that made up the National Residential Childcare Initiative (NRCCI), 2008-09. He is the author of the 'Commissioning' report, one of 4 NRCCI reports. Latterly he has been involved in developing links with colleagues overseas and his current role in CELCIS is Service Lead for International Work.

Academic / Professional qualifications

MA (Hons), CSS, PhD

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    Research areas

  • looked after children, residential care, social pedagogy, training of residential workers, risk and child care, foster care, international collaboration, Alternative care

Activities

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  1. Romanian Social Services conference, Arad. Investing in children and young people - a community challenge

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

  2. Launch of the Self-Assessment system for residential homes

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

  3. UNICEF CEE/CIS Regional conference, Tbilisi, Georgia. Every Child has a Right to Family: Taking Stock of Results and Identifying Next Steps

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

  4. Head, Hands and Heart Advisory group (The Fostering Network Social Pedagogy Fostering Project)

    Activity: OtherTypes of Business and Community - Membership of public/government advisory/policy group or panel

  5. Expanding and improving foster care in line with EU standards

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

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Projects

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  1. SOS/EU Care Leaving Training - Training Professionals working with Children in care

    Project: Knowledge Exchange (Training / Short Course)Knowledge Exchange (Training / Short Courses)

  2. Online training tool targeting professionals working with children in need of alternative care and at risk of so being

    Project: Knowledge Exchange (Training / Short Course)Knowledge Exchange (Training / Short Courses)

  3. Study on the institutionalisation of children and possible alternative care solutions in Asia, Africa and Central and South America

    Project: Knowledge Exchange (Services/Consultancy)Knowledge Exchange (Services / Consultancy)

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Ian Milligan

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