Dr Ian Kelvin Hyslop

1. Ll.B - University of Auckland, 1981. 2. Diploma in Social Science (Distinction) - Massey University, 1994. 3. MPP (1st class hons) - Massey University, 1981. 4. Phd - Massey Univesity, 2013.


Ian has three adult children and lives with his partner Jan in sunny New Lynn. His professional interests are tied to a concern with the relationship between social work and social justice, locally and globally. He worked for twenty years as a social worker, supervisor, and practice manager in statutory child protection practice in Auckland, New Zealand. Ian worked as a fieldwork coordinator, programme director and lecturer in the Unitec Social Practice degree programmes for eight years before joining the CHHSWK team as a lecturer in July 2013.

Research | Current

Ian has recently completed a sole author book - 'A Political History of Child Protection - Lessons for Reform from Aoteroa New Zealand' - with Policy Press / Bristol Univeristy Press. This work is due for publication in January 2022. The book is a critical history of the relationship between child protection and liberal capitalism with an emphasis on the tensions with Indigenous models of family life. The  analysis which emerges is relevant to much needed reappraissal and reform of the wider Anglophone child protection project. 

Ian is also interested in designing and pursuing further research concerned with the role and effectiveness of social work practice - in contemporary New Zealand and internationally - in relation to the pursuit of social and economic equality in a challenging global context. 

Teaching | Current

Currently coordinating and teaching:

  • SOCWORK 712 - Social Work Iin Statutory Settings
  • SOCWORK 413 - Discourses of Social Work
  • SOCWORK 401-701 - Statutory Social Work

Currently co-teaching:

  • SOCWORK 332 - working with Children and Whānau
  • SOCWORK 713 - Discourses of Social Work
  • SOCWORK 114 - Treaty of Waitangi in Human Services
  • SOCWORK 733 - Youth Justice Issues and Strategies

Areas of expertise

Social work and child protection practice; Social work, law, social theory and history - the socio-political location of social work and the future trjectory of the social work project in Aotearoa and internationally.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Hyslop, I., & Keddell, E. (2019). Child protection under national: Reorienting towards genuine social investment or continuing social neglect?. New Zealand Sociology, 34 (2), 93-122.
  • Keddell, E., & Hyslop, I. (2019). Ethnic inequalities in child welfare: The role of practitioner risk perceptions. Child and Family Social Work, 24 (4), 409-420. 10.1111/cfs.12620
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48299
  • Hyslop, I., & Keddell, E. (2018). Outing the Elephants: Exploring a New Paradigm for Child Protection Social Work. Social Sciences, 7 (7), 105-105. 10.3390/socsci7070105
  • Keddell, E., & Hyslop, I. (2018). Role type, risk perceptions and judgements in child welfare: A mixed methods vignette study. Children and Youth Services Review, 87, 130-139. 10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.02.017
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48300
  • Hyslop, I. (2017). Erratum to Child Protection in New Zealand: A History of the Future. The British Journal of Social Work10.1093/bjsw/bcx134
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47897
  • Hyslop, I. (2017). Child protection in New Zealand: A history of the future. The British Journal of Social Work, 47 (6), 1800-1817. 10.1093/bjsw/bcx088
  • Hyslop, I. (2016). Neoliberalism and social work identity. European Journal of Social Work, 1-12. 10.1080/13691457.2016.1255927
  • Hyslop, I. K. (2016). Review of the book Working with involuntary clients: A guide to practice, 3rd ed., by Chris Trotter. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, vol. 18, issue 1, 18 (1), 129-130. Related URL.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 502A
New Zealand