Sue White is Professor of Social Work (Children and Families) at the University of Birmingham. She is qualified in social work and was employed as a practitioner and manager in statutory children’s services for 13 years before becoming an academic. Her academic background is in sociology and this has informed her work across the last two decades. Her research has focused principally on the detailed analysis of everyday professional decision-making in child health and welfare. She has completed two influential Research Council funded studies. The first of these focuses on electronic information sharing in multi-disciplinary child welfare practice and the second on the impact of performance management and the Integrated Children’s System in statutory children’s social care. During 2009, as a result of these studies, Sue served on the Social Work Task Force and subsequently the Social Work Reform Board. From 2007-2011 she was Chair of the Association of Professors of Social Work. She also served on the Reference Group for the Munro Review of Child Protection in England. She is a currently Editor in Chief of Child and Family Social Work. Her latest research funded by the National Institute for Health Research, is focused on designing better systems for identifying the needs of children and families presenting in secondary health settings, based on a thorough understanding of human and social factors.