My current interests which are reflected in my teaching and research include working with women who have been subjected to domestic abuse and the impact of domestic abuse on the woman and her children, from a feminist perspective. I have been involved in the domestic abuse field in the voluntary sector (Independent Chioces) since 2007. I also sit on the domestic abuse forum for Manchester (on behalf of the social care and social work department as key stakeholders). I have contributed to the development of the Manchester Domestic Abuse Strategy 2016-2020 and I am currently involved in the “training and development” work stream contributing to the Annual Domestic Abuse Action Plan for the City of Manchester.
I started work at MMU in July 2002 as a Lecturer-Practitioner on the FdA in Health and Social Care. My role (with others) was to develop and implement the pilot study in training "assistant practitioners" in mental heath services. During this time my job title changed to that of Senior Lecturer.
In July 2006 I moved over the the social work team as a Senior Lecturer in Social Work.
I have previously worked in community mental health services in the voluntary sector including the management of a survivors’ service for women who had been sexually abused as children (1996-2002)
I am currently completing my PhD entitled “What have you done to make him so angry?” A woman’s psychological journey through domestic abuse: A feminist case study.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
I am HCPC reistered as a qualified social worker.
PGC(H)E 2005 (MMU)
MA Social work 1999 (MMU)
PGDipSW 1997 MMU)
Dip Couns 1995 (AEB approved and affiliated to the BAC)
Combined Certificate in Counselling Skills and Counselling Theory (AEB approved and
affiliated to the BAC)
BA(HONS) Psychology 1993 (MMU)
Assessment tutor for BA and MA programmes 2006-2015
MA1 year lead 2015-2016
I currently co-ordinate BA social work units on:
I currently co-ordinate MA social work units on:
I also offer master classes to ASYE students around domestic violence and abuse. I have also been involved in teaching on "Step-up to socal work".
I have been an MA dissertation supervisor since 2008. I am currently supervising 3 MA dissertation students.
I have been on the supervisory team for one PhD candidate in the area of domestic violence "Evaluation of setting a legal minimum age of marriage as a method of preventing zawaj al-gaserat in Saudi Arabia" (Completed 2015).
I am currently an external examiner for Sheffield Hallam University for 2 BA programmes 2012-2016.(BA social work programme and joint BA social work and learning disabilities nursing)
My main area of interest is working with women who have been subjected to domestic abuse and the links that this has with the long term effect of surviving child sexual abuse and mental health from a feminist perspective. I adopt a discursive approach within critical discourse studies.
H. McLaughlin, R. Robbins, C. Bellamy, C. Banks, D. Thackray (2018). Adult social work and high-risk domestic violence cases. Journal of Social Work. 18(3), pp.288-306.
R. Robbins, C. Banks, H. McLaughlin, C. Bellamy, D. Thackray (2016). Is Domestic Abuse an Adult Social Work Issue?. Social Work Education. 35(2), pp.131-143.
R. Robbins, H. McLaughlin, C. Banks, C. Bellamy, D. Thackray (2014). Domestic violence and multi-agency risk assessment conferences (MARACs): a scoping review. The Journal of Adult Protection. 16(6), pp.389-398.
H. McLaughlin, C. Banks, C. Bellamy, R. Robbins, D. Thackray (2014). Domestic violence, adult social care and MARACs: implications for practice. NIHR School for Social Care Research, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Social Care Research (SSCR).
Thackray, D., Bellamy, C., Banks, C., Robbins, R. and McLaughlin, H. (2015) "Researching risky subjects: Reflections from the field" FWSA Biennial Conference 2015: Everyday encounters with Violence: Critical Feminist Perspectives. Leeds, UK
Thackray, D (2015) "Why don't women leave domestic abuse perpetrators?: The psychological journey through the relationship and beyond". Research Institute for Health and Social Change 9th Annual Conference, 1st July Manchester, UK,
Robbins, R., McLaughlin, H., Bellamy, C., Banks, C., and Thackray, D. (2015) "Researching risky subjects: Reflections from the field" 1st European Conference on Domestic Violence. 6-9 September Belfast: N.Ireland
Robbins, R., McLaughlin, H., Bellamy, C., Banks, C., and Thackray, D. (2015) "MARAC's, domestic violence, "austerity" and the poverty of the imagination" Research Institute for Health and Social Change 9th Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 1st July
Bellamy, C.,Thackray, D., Banks, C., Robbins, R. and McLaughlin, H (2015) "Is domestic abuse invisible for women within adult social care?" BPS Annual conference: Psychology of Women Section. Windsor: UK
Thackray, D., Bellamy, C., Banks, C., Robbins, R. and McLaughlin, H (2014) "Issues of power, care and controlfor survivors of domestic violence in the MARAC process. BPS Annual conference: Psychology of Women Section. Windsor: UK
McLaughlin, H. Robbins, R., Bellamy, C. Banks, C. and Thackray, D. (2014) "Domestic Violence, MARACs and adult social care – time for a change",JSWEC, Royal Holloway, 24 July
McLaughlin, H., Robbins, R., Bellamy, C., Banks, C., and Thackray, D. (2013) "MARAC and Adult Social Care: Some Preliminary Findings from Research", JSWEC, Royal Holloway, 11 July
McLaughlin, H., Robbins, R., Banks, C., Bellamy, C. & Thackray, D. (2013) "MARAC and adult social care - some preliminary findings from research", Research Institute for Health and Social Change 9th Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 4-5 July
Thackray, D (2009) "Child Sexual Abuse: Overcoming methodological issues and ethical dilemmas" Improving Futures PhD Conference. Wolverhampton, UK
Thackray, D. (2007) "Are you being heard? Women survivors experiences of services" at: XIth European ISPCAN child abuse and neglect conference. Lisbon, Portugal
Thackray, D. (2006) "Me, watching you, watching me. Does the inclusion of peer assessment for counselling skills increase ownership of skills and what implications will this have for future practice and development?" at: RCN 12th European Mental Health Conference. Belfast, N. Ireland
Thackray, D., Tourish C. (2005) "Breaking boundaries: The integration of health and social care training" at: 7th RCN Joint Education Forum's Conference:Partners in Practice. Harrogate, UK
Tourish, C., Thackray, D. (2005) "The foundation degree in health and social care: A new programme, a new breed of practitioner" at: 7th RCN Joint Education Forum's Conference: Partners in Practice. Harrogate, UK
Tourish C., Thackray, D. (2005) "Outside the walls of the university: A call to those interested in a non-traditional approach to education and training" at: RCN 11th European Mental Health Conference. Amsterdam, Holland
Thackray, D. & Tourish, C. (2005) "Assistant Pratitioners: PCT" Regional SHA Conference: Delivering the workforce, The Mancunian way. Manchester, UK