Mentoring for children in care: conceptualising the role, value, and outcomes of the Independent Visitor programme
This research project is in competition for funding with one or more projects available across the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). Usually the projects which receive the best applicants will be awarded the funding. Find out more information about the DTP and how to apply.
The Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, CASCADE and the National Independent Visitor Network (NIVN) are offering a fully funded PhD in child and family social work.
The successful candidate will explore the Independent Visitor (IV) scheme for children in care, exploring what the role means to different stakeholders. They will develop a programme theory, laying the foundations for a future evaluative study.
We anticipate the successful candidate will use interviews and focus groups to gather data from social workers, parents, foster carers, independent visitors, commissioners and children and young people in care. They will work with Welsh Local Authorities to develop our understanding of IV provision in Wales.
Applications are sought from candidates with backgrounds in social science (especially social work). Applicants should ideally have experience of evaluation research including developing logic models and programme theories. Experience of research with children in care will be an advantage.
CASCADE is the only centre of its kind in Wales, bringing together social care researchers to help improve outcomes for children and families. Barnardo’s runs the National IV Network which supports service providers across England and Wales to offer IV services, ensuring children can have an independent and consistent adult in their lives.