What works to support the mental health of young people leaving statutory social care in Wales?
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The Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and Welsh Government are offering a fully funded PhD opportunity.
The successful candidate will evaluate what works to support the mental health of young people leaving statutory care. We anticipate that you will use a mixed methods realist approach to co-produce theory with care leavers, social workers and policy-makers to explore what it is that works to support care leaver mental health.
You will conduct a rapid realist systematic review and case studies of models of transition in Wales. Case studies will involve interviews with care leavers, social workers and other relevant practitioners, and policy-makers.
The collaborator, Health and Care Research Wales, will provide you with direct access to relevant policy-makers in Welsh Government. This close relationship between research and policy is a unique opportunity to ensure that your research has both relevance to and impact on social care practice.
Applications are sought from candidates with backgrounds in social science (especially psychology, health services research, social care research). Experience or interest in realist approaches and both qualitative and quantitative research is desirable.
The Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE) is a flourishing, supportive research centre, dedicated to improving the well-being and safety of children and their families.