James Anglin

James Anglin
School of Child and Youth Care

BA (Car), MSW (Brit Col), PhD (Leicester)


Jim Anglin began his career as a child and youth care worker in a mental health centre in Vancouver after which he moved to Victoria and began a six-bed group home for four boys and two girls who were experiencing a variety of distresses in their lives. Following these front-line work experiences he pursued graduate studies and then spent two years in social policy work in Ottawa and two years as a Senior Project Coordinator with the Children’s Services Division in Toronto. Returning to B.C. in 1979, he joined the faculty of the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria where he is a full Professor and former Director.

His recent research interests have focused on a re-appreciation of residential care for youth and his latest book is titled “Pain, Normality and the Struggle for Congruence: Reinterpreting Residential Care for Children and Youth” (Haworth, 2002). He has published in North American journals and international texts on a variety of child and youth care issues in addition to residential care, including professionalization, quality assurance and standards, parent education and support, and international initiatives. He is on the editorial boards of the Child and Youth Care ForumChild and Youth Services, and Reclaiming Youth at Risk. He was coordinating editor for the text Perspectives in Professional Child and Youth Care (Haworth, 1990). Over the past 20 years, he has presented papers, keynote addresses and workshops in over 40 countries.

Research interests

Assessment of education and training needs in human services, parent education and parent support, qualitative research approaches, grounded theory, international child and youth care, residential child and youth care, quality assurance in child and family services, child advocacy and youth in care.