Research Associate, CASCADE
I am currently working within CASCADE as a Research Associate on a programme of work for the What Work's Centre for Children's Social Care. I previously worked for the Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care as an embedded researcher within an inner London Local Authority. I began my research career at Cambridge University's exam board, and much of my experience to date has involved conceptualisation, measurement and development of complex skills and interventions within education and social work.
I am particularly motivated by a drive to understand what can make a difference for families and young people involved in children's social care, and links between what social worker do and wider family outcomes. With that aim in mind, I am currently working on a range of realist reviews exploring what works well, for whom, under what circumstances in reducing the need for children to be in care. I have recently been awarded funding under the Cardiff University Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) to carry out a review on respite care to reduce the need for children to enter out of home care.
I am keen to develop a programme of work related to kinship care and have recently been awarded an ESRC grant to explore sibling kinship carers' experiences and support needs. In addition, I have been awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship in 2019 to travel to countries in Asia (Cambodia, India and Japan) to explore approaches to foster and kinship care.
Honours and awards
Winston Churchill Memorial Fellow (2019).
Member of European Social Work Research Association
- Reducing the number of children in care: What interventions are evaluated internationally, do they work, how, for whom, and under which circumstances? Findings from a systematic scoping review. ECSWC, Leuven (2019)
- Learning from experience: reflecting on the realities of coproduction with care experienced young people. JSWEC, Canterbury (2018).
- What does ‘what works’ mean in children’s social care? JSWEC, Canterbury (2018)
- What does ‘what works’ mean in children’s social care? Greenwich University (2018)
- On the grid: exploring children's perspectives of social worker skills using Q-method to understand subjective viewpoint. BASPCAN, Coventry (2018)
- Drawing on lived experience can shape research and practice. Keynote at BASPCAN, Coventry (2018)
Committees and reviewing
- Journal reviewer, Qualitative Social Work
- Journal reviewer, Social Work Education
- Project reviewer, NSPCC
Support lecturing on MA Social Work (years 1 and 2)
Student dissertation supervision (undergraduate and masters)