The Association of Child Protection Professionals and Wiley invite individuals to apply for the position of (co-)Editor(s) for Child Abuse Review.

We are looking for (a) new (co-)Editor(s) following the end of tenure of the current co-Editors, Jane V. Appleton and Peter Sidebotham. The new Editor post will commence at a mutually agreed date.

Child Abuse Review provides a forum for all those working in the field of child protection and safeguarding, giving them access to the latest research findings, practice developments, training initiatives and policy issues. The Journal's remit includes all forms of maltreatment, whether they occur inside or outside the family environment, and all aspects of safeguarding. Papers are written in a style appropriate for a multidisciplinary and international audience.

The Journal maintains a practice orientated focus and authors of research papers are encouraged to examine and discuss implications for practitioners. By always emphasising research/practice links, it is the Journal’s aim to promote practice-relevant research and to facilitate the use of research findings, to enhance good practice and influence policy.

The Editorial Board, in all its activities, seeks to prevent discrimination on the grounds of age, gender, racial origin, culture, religious belief, language, disability, economic status or political views. The Journal has a policy of encouraging inclusive practice and for this reason authors are asked to consider the applicability of their work to all groups.

CAR publishes six issues per year, and each issue includes a mix of refereed research and practice papers, short reports, continuing professional development, training updates, and book reviews. This is an exciting time to join the journal which publishes an increasing number of Open Access articles, holds an Impact Factor of 1.19, and has grown a strong social media presence and global readership.

In addition to the current co-Editors, the editorial team consists of nine Associate Editors, a Statistical Editor and an Editorial Manager.

The successful candidate(s) for the position will be recognised as an expert in the field of child protection and have a good track record of publications and conference presentations. They will also have an extensive network of contacts, so that the profile of the Journal can continue to be developed.

A full job description of the role can be found below.

How to Apply

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Jane V. Appleton or Peter Sidebotham

Applicants should send a covering letter, curriculum vitae and a short assessment of the strengths and potential areas of development of Child Abuse Review to Renée Takken, Journal Publishing Manager, Wiley. 

Candidates invited to interview will be asked to present their vision for the journal and their contribution to the Editor role in a short presentation.

Applications are welcome from those who wish to apply as a sole Editor-in-Chief, or as co-Editors.

Deadline for receipt of applications: Friday 14 May 2021

Interviews (via video conference): Monday 24 May 2021

Editor-In-Chief’s Job Description


  • To work with the Association of Child Protection Professionals and the Publisher to plan a strategy for the development of the Journal.
  • To ensure that the Journal fulfils its aims, grows in output and remains useful and relevant to its users by following trends in the subject area
  • To communicate regularly with the Associate Editors, Editorial Board, Association of Child Protection Professionals and the Publisher concerning the development of the Journal, editorial strategy, submissions and promotions
  • To act as an ambassador for the Journal by liaising with the Publisher on potential opportunities, through contacts and by attending conferences.
  • To provide leadership to the Journal through on-going changes in the publishing landscape, particularly Open Access and Open Research.


  • To actively commission high quality contributions to the Journal on key topical issues
  • To have all contributions peer‑reviewed by appropriately qualified and experienced persons
  • Using an online editorial management system, to liaise with authors, to accept or reject manuscripts or to request revision in response to referees' reports and editorial comments
  • To communicate regularly with the Editorial Manager and Associate Editors about the submission, peer review and decision-making processes and the flow of submitted papers
  • To provide strategic direction for the content and presentation of the Journal, together with the Association of Child Protection Professionals, the Publisher, the Associate Editors and the Editorial Board
  • To lead and co-ordinate the editorial team, ensure the standards and direction of the journal, appoint new Associate Editors and Board Members, when necessary
  • To provide leadership and commentary on the field through curating issues of the Journal, including special issues, themed issues and virtual issues, writing or commissioning appropriate journal editorials, and through the appropriate use of social media
  • To organize and chair Editorial Board meetings, where appropriate, in collaboration with the Association of Child Protection Professionals and the Publisher
  • To lead the journal through a changing publishing environment, especially in relation to Open Access

Qualities sought and Selection criteria

The Editor-in-Chief will be expected to bring the following characteristics to the position:


  • Wide interests, influence, and knowledge across the field of child protection
  • Strong record of personal research initiative, expertise and performance
  • Proven capability in leadership and effective enterprise in the field
  • Significant, successful editorial experience
  • Determination to pursue equality and diversity in relation to the Journal
  • Astute editorial judgment and a track record in the evaluation of research publications


  • Endorsement of the broad remit and goals laid out in the Journal’s Aims and Scope
  • Innovative ideas for editorial initiatives and developments such as special issues, sections, article formats, and Open Research initiatives
  • Strong commitment to open and even-handed treatment of all areas of relevant research and approaches, broadly conceived


  • High level of efficiency, with excellent management and administrative skills, and the ability to work to continual deadlines
  • High level of written language skills, and commitment to the publication of clearly presented and accessible scholarship
  • Ability to position the Journal within the rapidly changing publishing environment, especially regarding the fast-developing Open
  • Access and Open Research landscape
  • A good understanding of both qualitative and quantitative research, research ethics and publication


  • Ability to lead and coordinate a collaborative editorial team scattered across different locations
  • A wide existing network of international contacts in the field
  • Ability to maintain ongoing relationships with an extensive constituency of researchers
  • Ability to work closely with the Association of Child Protection Professionals and the Publisher


  • Capacity to make a significant time allocation to the operation and development of the Journal
  • Commitment to a minimum of three years’ editorship