PhD 2006 Manchester Metropolitan University
PGCE (HE) 2003 Manchester Metropolitan University
MA Community Care 1997 University of Salford
Diploma in Social Work 1995 Staffordshire University
I have worked as a Care Manager, Approved Social Worker and Team manager within a Statutory Mental Health Team within Manchester Social Services. Prior to this I was a support worker for homeless familes.
I am the route leader for our final year BA (Hons) Social Work programme.
I currently co-ordinate the mental health elective modules and teach on units in:
My areas of interest are:
In addition to my academic writing I also write on a range of subjects for the online political and current affairs website Spiked. The articles can be accessed here: https://www.spiked-online.com/author/ken-mclaughlin/
K. McLaughlin (2016). Empowerment. Routledge.
K. McLaughlin (2012). Surviving Identity: Vulnerability and the psychology of recognition. Routledge.
K. McLaughlin (2008). Social work, politics and society: From radicalism to orthodoxy.
R. Kirkham, J. Leigh, K. McLaughlin, A. Worsley (2019). The procedural fairness limitations of fitness to practise hearings: a case study into social work. Legal Studies. 39(2), pp.339-357.
K. McLaughlin (2019). Troubling the power of words: a review of Paul Michael Garrett’s Welfare Words. Journal of Political Power. pp.1-5.
A. Worsley, K. McLaughlin, J. Leigh (2017). A subject of concern: The experiences of social workers referred to the health and care professions council. British Journal of Social Work. 47(8), pp.2421-2437.
J. Leigh, A. Worsley, K. McLaughlin (2017). An analysis of HCPC fitness to practise hearings: Fit to Practise or Fit for Purpose?. Ethics and Social Welfare. 11(4), pp.382-396.
KG. McLaughlin (2017). Disabling the Subject: From radical vulnerability to vulnerable radicals. Annual Review of Critical Psychology. 13, pp.1-15.
KG. McLaughlin (2016). English Lessons: Coru and the surveillance of practitioners. Frontline. pp.3-5.
H. Al-Hakami, K. McLaughlin (2016). Debatable Marriages: Marriage and Child Marriage in Saudi Arabia. Marriage & Family Review. 52(7), pp.654-664.
K. McLaughlin (2015). Advocacy research and social policy. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. 35(3/4), pp.239-251.
B. Wagner, K. McLaughlin (2015). Politicising the psychology of social class: The relevance of Pierre Bourdieu’s habitus for psychological research. Theory & Psychology. 25(2), pp.202-221.
K. McLaughlin (2014). Recognising Social Work: The Influence of the Politics of Recognition on Social Work. Practice. 26(5), pp.299-312.
K. McLaughlin (2014). Empowering the people: 'empowerment' and the British Journal of Social Work, 1971–99. Critical and Radical Social Work. 2(2), pp.203-216.
KG. McLaughlin (2010). Psychologisation and the Construction of the Political Subject as Vulnerable Object. Annual Review of Critical Psychology. 8, pp.63-79.
K. McLaughlin (2010). Control and social work: A reflection on some twenty-first century developments. Practice. 22(3), pp.143-154.
K. McLaughlin (2010). Modernising Social Work: Critical Considerations. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK. 40(1), pp.337-338.
K. McLaughlin (2010). The social worker versus the general social care council: An analysis of care standards tribunal hearings and decisions. British Journal of Social Work. 40(1), pp.311-327.
K. McLaughlin (2007). Revisiting the public/private divide: Theoretical, political and personal implications of their unification. Practice. 19(4), pp.241-253.
K. McLaughlin (2007). Regulation and risk in social work: the general social care council and the social care register in context. British Journal of Social Work. 37(7), pp.1263-1277.
K. McLaughlin (2005). From ridicule to institutionalization: Anti-oppression, the state and social work. Critical Social Policy. 25(3), pp.283-305.
K. McLaughlin (2003). Agency, resilience and empowerment: The dangers posed by a therapeutic culture. Practice. 15(2), pp.45-58.
K. McLaughlin (2001). Fear, risk and mental health: Observations on policy and practice. Practice. 13(3), pp.55-64.
K. McLaughlin Social Welfare Regimes. In: Encyclopaedia of Child Psychology.
K. McLaughlin Social Work. In: Encyclopaedia of Child Psychology.
K. McLaughlin, J. Tomsett (2017). The View from Here. In: 'This Much I Know about Mind Over Matter: Improving mental health in our schools' by John Tomsett. Crown House,
K. McLaughlin (2015). Social Work in a Global Context. In: Social Work in a Global Context: Issues and Challenges. Routledge, pp.91-103.
K. McLaughlin, S. Cordell (2013). Doing what's best, but best for whom? Ethics and the mental health social worker. In: Practical Social Work Ethics: Complex Dilemmas Within Applied Social Care. pp.111-130.
KG. McLaughlin (2013). Social Work. In: Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology.
McLaughlin, K. (2013) "Advocacy Research in the Age of Austerity: Competitive claims making and implications for social policy and social work", Research Institute for Health and Social Change 9th Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 4-5 July
McLaughlin, K. (2011) "The degraded subject of Social Work", University of Sheffield, 9 November http://www.shef.ac.uk/socstudies/research/seminarabstracts/mclaughlinseminar
McLaughlin K. 2010. "We're All Depressed Now: Redefining Mental Illness in a Therapeutic Era" at: Birmingham Salon/University of Birmingham. http://www.birminghamsalon.org/events.html
McLaughlin K. 2009. "The Perils of Political Social Work: Who gains when the personal becomes political?" at: Grasping the Nettle: Addressing Conflicts in Social Work Practise'. St Andrew's Healthcare, Northampton. http://www.stah.org/events/grasping-the-nettle.html
McLaughlin K. 2009. "Are We Overprotecting Children?" at: Kingston University. http://www.instituteofideas.com/events/overprotectingchildren.html
McLaughlin K. 2008. "Surviving Identity: The rise of the survivor in a political and social context" at: Qualitative Research and Mental Health conference. Tampere, Finland..
McLaughlin K. 2008. "Risk and the Social Worker: from assessor of risk, to at risk to a risk" at: International Sociological Association, Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty conference. Barcelona, Spain.
McLaughlin K. 2008. "Social workers - PC do-gooders or progressive radicals?" at: Battle of Ideas. London, England. http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/index.php/2008/session_detail/1176/
McLaughlin K. 2007. "Reforming Mental Health Legislation in England: The social context of a mad affair" at: Social Work and Mental Health conference. Hong Kong, China.
McLaughlin K. 2007. "Workplace Stress: medical epidemic or all in the mind?" at: Battle of Ideas. London, England. http://www.battleofideas.co.uk/C2B/document_tree/ViewACategory.asp?CategoryID=31#stress
I have reviewd for the following publishers and journals:
British Journal of Social Work
International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
Social Science and Medicine
Social Work Education
I write for the social and political internet publications Spiked. My articles cover a range of issues and can be accessed here: http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/author/Ken%20McLaughlin
I have taken part in the BBC Radio 4 series “The Moral Maze” http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/b01jxryl.
I was interviewed for the FEAD (Film Exchange on Alcohol and Drugs) about my work. It can be viewed online at this link http://www.fead.org.uk/contributor/ken-mclaughlin/
I have particpated in public talks and/or debates at the University of Manchester, University of Sheffield, Univesity of Chester, Kingston University, Institute of Psychiatry, Battle of Ideas, Manchester Salon, Leeds Salon, East Midlands Salon, Sheffield Salon and Birminghman Salon. Some are available on video and/or podacast at the links below:
Stigmatising Mental Illness: Are you mad? Battle of Ideas, 2015 http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/2015/session_detail/10024
Community Treatment Orders: The psychiatric asbo? Battle of Ideas, 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-E1iO3rsVk
Sick Children or Sick Society? 49th Maudsley Debate, Institute of Psychiatry, 2014 http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/news/special-events/maudsley-debates/debate-archive-31-50.aspx
Talking Therapies: Good for people, good for politics? Manchester Salon, 2011 http://www.manchestersalon.org.uk/talking-therapies-people-politics-may-2011.html
Editorial Board member of Annual Review of Critical Psychology