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 Sophie Wood

Sophie Wood

Research Associate, CASCADE

Ysgol y Gwyddorau Cymdeithasol

+44 (0)29 2068 7202
12 Ffordd yr Amgueddfa, Cathays, Caerdydd, CF10 3BD


I am a research associate in the Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre. I am currently working on a project funded by the Welsh Government to explore variation in rates of looked after children among local authorities in Wales, in terms of why some local authorities’ rates are increasing, some are decreasing, and some are remaining steady. These differences cannot be explained by deprivation alone. We will survey individuals working in children’s social care to explore differences in organisational culture, values, attitudes, decision making and practice which could be contributing to these differences in rates of care.

Prior to this, I worked on a data linkage project using routinely collected administrative records to investigate outcomes for young people referred to secure accommodation for welfare reasons in England. We used data held by the Secure Welfare Coordination Unit linked to Child Looked After Returns and Child in Need Census to explore the socio-demographic, well-being and care histories of young people prior referral to secure accommodation; outcomes after secure accommodation in relation to placements, substance misuse, convictions and mental health; and the cost of secure accommodation compared to other alternative provisions. I hope to further work in this crucial, yet under-researched area.

My main research interests are older children in care, young people's mental health, secure accommodation, safely reducing the need for children to enter care and care leavers. My background is in the analysis and linkage of large health care records across the UK to look at patterns of care for adolescents with mental health disorders. I believe that a mixture of methods are required to answer complex questions, particularly in children's social care.



  • University of Exeter (2013- 2014) - MSc Environment and Human Health: Distinction
  • University of Liverpool (2010- 2013) - BA Geography: First- Class Honours

Academic Positions 

  • Research Associate- CASCADE, Cardiff University (present)
  • Research Assistant  - Population Psychiatry, Suicide and Informatics, Swansea University (2018)
  • Research Assistant - Division of Population Medicine, Cardiff University (2015 – 2018)
  • Research Assistant- European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter (2015)








Past projects