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Stephen has recently analysed Safeguarding Adults Reviews where homelessness was a factor (report published September 2019). A July 2020 article updated this work, examining 19 SARs in total. (See also earlier work on SARs and adult Serious Case Reviews.) He is particularly interested in social care law, mental capacity and adult safeguarding.

Ongoing projects include two on self-neglect, among those who are homeless, and among older people. He is also working on a project examining the timely availability of section 12 approved doctors for Mental Health Act assessments.

He is leading the Observatory study, which examines migration in the health and social care workforce.

Stephen recently worked on the Who wants to be an Approved Mental Health Professional? study, which was commissioned by the Department of Health (he introduced the study in the Unit blog). Prior to this he was engaged in the Helping or Hindering study. Also commissioned by the Department of Health, this project involved examining the available legal means for social workers seeking to access individuals where a third party was being obstructive.

In the past, he has worked on the Protection of Vulnerable Adults List project and co-authored the interim report for its sequel, the Investigating Vetting and Barring project. Earlier projects included reports on support workers in social care and advocacy in care homes.

Stephen is content provider for the Unit website and tweets and handles the blog, Social Care Workforce:, on behalf of the Unit. He is responsible for the upkeep of the database of publications and for updating the Department of Health and Social Care about Unit outputs.

Stephen was until recently administrator for the Margaret Butterworth Care Home Forum, and in 2014 assisted in the development of the Bulletin of the Social Work History Network; he now also sits on that Network’s Steering Group.

Stephen Martineau: ORCID iD | Research Profile at King's