Gary C. Dumbrill
Areas of Interest
Research & Supervisory Interests
I am interested in child welfare and anti-racist/anti-oppressive practice. Most of my work focuses on the intersection of these areas; on the ways child welfare can be undertaken from an anti-racist/anti-oppressive perspective. This interest emerges from the twelve years I spent working in British and Canadian child protection systems. I use mostly Participatory Action and in-depth qualitative (particularly Grounded Theory) methodologies and I have recently explored photovoice and photojournalistic methods.
Recent Graduate Supervisions
Child welfare practice with African-Caribbean fathers: Best practice or missed opportunities?
Parents speak: A study of child protection service users' perspectives
Dislocating AOP: An analysis of anti-oppressive practice's subject positions
Into the panopticon: The experiences of female kin caregivers
And a child shall lead them: What children have to say about their community
The impact of the child welfare reforms on intake practice: Child protection by numbers?
Parent-teen conflict and the Children's Aid Society: A beneficial relationship?
- Ph.D., University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work, 2003.
- M.S.W., York University, School of Social Work, 1993.
- CQSW (Certificate of Qualification in Social Work), Central Council for Education in Social Work and Croydon Collage, England, 1984.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies, Croydon College, England, 1984.
- BSc. Honours in Social Sciences, University of the South Bank, London, England, 1983.
Yee, J. Y., & Dumbrill, G. C. (in press). Whiteout: Still Looking for race in Canadian social work. In J. Graham & J. Al-Krenawi (Eds.), Multicultural social work in Canada, Second Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press.
Gladstone, J., Dumbrill, G., Leslie, B., Koster, A., Young, M., & Ismaila, A. A. (2014). Understanding worker-parent engagement in child protection casework. Children and Youth Services Review, 44, 56-64. 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.06.002
Lee, B., Sammon, S., Dumbrill, G. C. (eds) (2014) Glossary of terms for anti-oppressive policy and practice: Second edition. Mississauga: CommonAct Press
Gladstone, J., Dumbrill, G., Leslie, B., Koster, A., Young, M., & Ismaila, A. A. (2012). Looking at engagement and outcome from the perspectives of child protection workers and parents. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(1), 112-118.
Dumbrill, G. (2012). Anti-oppressive child welfare: How do we get there from here? The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies Journal, 57(1), 2-8. [PDF]
Dumbrill, G. C., (2011). Doing anti-oppressive child protection casework. In Donna Bains (ed). Doing anti-oppressive practice: Social justice work. Second Edition. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, p 53-63).
Dumbrill, G. C. (2010). Power and child protection: The need for a child protection service users’ union or association. Australian Social Work, 63(2), 194-206.
Young, M., & Dumbrill, G. (Eds.). (2010). Clinical counselling: A vital part of child welfare services. Toronto: Clinical Counselling Child Welfare Committee. [PDF-English] [PDF-French].
Dumbrill, G. C. (2009). Your policies our children: Messages from refugee parents to child welfare workers and policy makers. Child Welfare, 88 (3), p. 145-168.
Dumbrill, G. C., & Lo, W. (2009). What parents say: Service users’ theory and anti-oppressive child welfare practice. In Jeannine Carriere & Susan Strega (eds). Walking this path together: Anti-oppressive child welfare practice. (pp. 96-108). Halifax: Fernwood Publishing.
Dumbrill, G. C., & Rice-Green, J. (2008). Indigenous knowledge in the social work academy. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 27(5), p. 489-503.
Dumbrill, G. C., & Rice-Green, J. (2007). Including Indigenous knowledge in Web-based learning. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 25 (1/2), p. 103-116.
[Above article reprinted in C. K. Law, Y. C. Wong, & J. Y. C Fung. (2007). HUSITA7—The 7th international conference of human services information technology applications: Digital inclusion—building a digital inclusive society. New York: Haworth Press].
Lee, B., Sammon, s., Dumbrill, G. C. (eds) (2007) Glossary of terms for anti-oppressive policy and practice: Revised edition. Mississauga: CommonAct Press
Dumbrill, G. C. (2006). Ontario’s child welfare transformation: Another swing of the pendulum? The Canadian Social Work Review, 23(1-2), p. 5-9.
Dumbrill, G. C. (2006). Parental experience of child protection intervention: A qualitative study. Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal, 30(1), 27-37.
Dumbrill, G. C. (2006). Should I go or should I stay? An anti-racist child welfare training dilemma. In B. Lee & S. Todd (Eds.). A casebook of community practice: Problems and strategies. (pp. 149-155). Mississauga: CommonAct Press.
Presentations at Meetings
Dumbrill, G. C. (2009, June). A social work service users association: The key to promoting harmony and justice in a world of conflict? Promoting Harmony and Justice in a World of Conflicts: An International Conference on Social Work and Counseling Practice. City University. Hong Kong.
Dumbrill, G. C. (2009, May). A social work service users association: A remedy for social service regulation and privatization? Canadian Association for Social Work Education Annual Conference: Social Work Identity in the age of Interdisciplinarity and Globalization. Carleton University, Ottawa.
Dumbrill, G. C. (2009, April). Balancing power: The need for a child welfare service users’ union. Gender and Child Welfare: 3rd Interdisciplinary Conference Cardiff School of Social Sciences. Cardiff, UK.
Dumbrill, G. C., & Lo, W. (2008, May). Your Policy Our Children: Refugee Parents Speak about the Impact of Canadian Social Policy on their Families. A poster presentation at Symposium 2008. Cultural Diversity and Vulnerable Families: A Bias in Favour of Cultural Competence. University of Quebec in Montreal.
Dumbrill, G. C., & Lo, W. (2007, June). Oppression and anti-oppression in organized spirituality: An example from Christianity. The Second North American Conference on Spirituality and Social Work "Spirituality in Challenging Times: A Resource for Practice, Advocacy, and Self-Care." Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Dumbrill, G. C., & Lo, W. (2007, May). Bridging service users’ and service providers’ knowledge systems: Issues of power. Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work Conference, Saskatchewan, Saskatoon.
Dumbrill G. C. (2006, October). A child welfare service users union: An idea from the reviving end of intervention. Paper presentation at the “Whitaker Field Education Conference: Social Justice In Social Work Education and Practice: Unfolding the Elsewhere and Otherwise.” University of Victoria, British Columbia.
Koster, A., Dumbrill, G. C., Lovell, P., Mulroney, M., Niemi, D., Rivard, D. (2006, June). Developing a Collaborative Child Welfare Model for Ontario. Poster presentation at the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies and Children’s Mental Health Ontario “working together” conference, Toronto.
Dumbrill, G. C., & Rice-Green, J. (2004, August). Including Indigenous Knowledge in Web-Based Learning. Paper presented at the 7th International Conference of Human Services Information Technology Application, Hong Kong.
Dumbrill, G. C. (2008, September). The context of the collaborative child welfare model. The Collaborative Child Welfare Roundtable 2008. Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. Toronto.
Dumbrill, G C. (2008, March). Differential response: The future of child welfare. Keynote address at Differential Response in Action Symposium. Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
Dumbrill, G. C., & Soderquist, M. (2008, February). Our calling to pursue racial justice. A presentation at the Hamilton True City Conference.
Lo, W., Yoryor, I., Marr, M., & Dumbrill, G. C. (2008, February). Seeking social justice through giving voice to those on the margins. A presentation at the Hamilton True City Conference.
Dumbrill, G. C., (2007, December). How can multidisciplinary health teams meet the needs of racially and culturally diverse populations? Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital.
Dumbrill, G. C., (2007, November). The need for anti-racism in the academy. A presentation to the anti-racism presentation to the McMaster University Peer Conduct Review Board.
Dumbrill, G. C., (2007, November). Anti-racism: A key to an inclusive student community. A presentation to McMaster Student Union members.
Dumbrill, G. C., (2007, August). A Diversity Worker’s Guide to an Inclusive Community: Looking through the Lens of Anti-Racism. A presentation to McMaster Student Union diversity workers.
Dumbrill, G. C., (2007, August). The Fundamentals of an Inclusive Community: Looking through the Lens of Anti-Racism. A presentation to McMaster Student Union managers.
Dumbrill, G. C., (2007, March). International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: Issues in Delivering Multidisciplinary Mental Health Services across Racial and Cultural "Difference." Schizophrenia Service Rounds at St. Joseph's Centre for Mountain Health Sciences, Hamilton, Ontario.
Dumbrill, G. C., (2007, March). Social Workers Making a Difference: Issues of Race and Culture in Health Care. A Social Work Week 2007 Presentation to Social Workers of St. Peter’s Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences & St. Joseph’s Hospital, Ontario.
Dumbrill, G. C. (2007, March). Integrating Faith and Anti-Oppressive Work. Integrating Faith and Practice Conference, Redeemer University College & North American Association of Christians in Social Work. Ancaster, Ontario.
Dumbrill, G. C., Kabetu, S., & Lo, W. (2007, March). Racism and the Church Part II: Exploring the Solutions. Organized by Bethany Gospel Chapel, First Hamilton Christian Reformed Church, Hughson Street Baptist Church, Little Bethel Community Church, Philpott Memorial Church & Wentworth Baptist Church. Hamilton, Ontario.
Dumbrill, G. C. (2007, February). Racism and the Church Part I: Exploring the Problem. "True City Conference," organized by Bethany Gospel Chapel, First Hamilton Christian Reformed Church, Hughson Street Baptist Church, Little Bethel Community Church, Philpott Memorial Church & Wentworth Baptist Church. Hamilton, Ontario.
Dumbrill, G. C., & Lo, W. (2007, February). Understanding Racism and Other isms: An Entry Point for Social Justice Work. The Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), McMaster University, Hamilton.
Kabetu, S., Dumbrill, G. C., & Lo, W. (2007, January). Widening the Circle: An Introduction to Anti-Racism. Christian Reformed Church in North America, Burlington, Ontario.
Dumbrill, G. C. (2006, November). Anti-Racism: A Christian Imperative? Philpott Memorial Church & True City, Hamilton.
Dumbrill, G. C.(2006, October). Child Welfare Practice in Ontario. Ryerson University Internationally Educated Social Workers Program, Toronto.
Dumbrill, G. C. (2006, June). Child welfare service users’ theory: The key to Anti-oppressive practice? James Cook University, Queensland, Australia.
Koster, A., & Dumbrill, G. C. (2006, April). A Collaborative Model for Child Welfare Intervention. Dalhousie University School of Continuing Education, Halifax.
Member of an Ontario tri-ministry (Education, Children and Families, Colleges and Universities) Crown Ward Champion Team (2009-2010).
Member of a provincial child welfare project led by the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies on Clinical Counselling in Child Welfare (2009-2010)
The Children’s Aid Society of Brant (2008-2009) Series of 2-day workshops that trained all agency employees in anti-racist/anti-oppressive practice
Children's Aid Society of London and Middlesex (2008-2009) Anti-racism training.
Hamilton Catholic Children’s Aid Society (2008-2009) Series of 2-day workshops that trained all agency employees in anti-racist anti-oppressive practice
Hamilton Catholic Children’s Aid Society (2007-2009) Series of 2-day workshops on brief solution-focused child protection
Hamilton Children’s Aid Society (2007-2008) Series of 2-day workshops on brief solution-focused child protection
Bloorview Kids Rehab (2007) Anti-racism in kids rehab (half-day workshop)
Haldimand & Norfolk Children’s Aid Society (2007) Series of 2-day workshops on brief solution-focused child protection
Hamilton Catholic Family Services (2007) Anti-oppressive practice training (one day workshop)
Hamilton Children’s Aid Society (2005-2007) Series of 2-day workshops that trained all agency employees in anti-racist anti-oppressive practice
Member of a provincial child welfare project led by the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies that developed a Collaborative Child Welfare model (2004-2005)