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 Lorna Stabler

Lorna Stabler

Research Associate, CASCADE

+44 (0)29 2251 0937
12 Museum Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3BG


I am currently working within CASCADE as a Research Associate. I am Chief Investigator on an NIHR study focused on understanding how Family Group Conferences can be embedded in statuory child and family social work.

I began my work with CASCADE 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 understanding 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 engage widely with the academic community. To this end, I have recently been appointed as a lay member of the Health and Social Care Wales Research Ethics Committee.


  • Ongoing - June 2018, Research Associate, CASCADE
  • November 2016 - June 2018, Research Assistant, Tilda Goldberg Centre
  • September 2015 - November 2016, Research Assistant, Cambridge Internation Examinations

Honours and awards

Winston Churchill Memorial Fellow (2019).

Professional memberships

Member of European Social Work Research Association

Speaking engagements

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)

I strive to work in partnership with staff across different diciplines. I am currently working on a TRIUMPH funded project with DECIPHER on adapting online tools to support young people's mental health. I have worked on bids and projects with researchers across the UK and in Canada.

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.


Past projects