Child, Young Person and Carer Engagement Worker, CASCADE
I work as the Child, Young Person and Carer Engagement Worker at CASCADE, the Children’s Social Care Research and Development centre.
I provide advice, guidance, and support to involve children, young people, parents and carers within the Centre’s research plans and individual research projects. I am responsible for and lead on our care experienced young people’s CASCADE Voices research advisory group, under the direction of the CASCADE Management Group. I am currently setting up a research advisory group for parents with experience of children’s social care, and am exploring methods of developing networks for wider involvement of other groups with children’s social care experience for the research centre.
I work across a range of projects at CASCADE and wider - supporting public involvement and working creatively with children, young people and parents.
Selected Current Projects:
HCRW Infrastructure Grant, 2019 – 2022/2024
Leading on the development of our Public Involvement plans across CASCADE, focusing on key priority areas children; young people; parents with experience of children’s social care; wider parents and carers.
UKRI / TRIUMPH Network, 2020-2021
Co-production or adaptation of online interventions for foster care: Promoting the mental health and wellbeing of care-experienced children and young people. Specific support for peer researcher opportunity and interviews with young people. (with Evans, R. Mannay, D. Stabler, L.)
ESRC IAA 2021- 2022
Supporting Parents in and Leaving Care: #MessagesToCorporateParents. Co-production of good practice charter involving care experienced young people, policy makers, professionals and academics (with Roberts, L. and Mannay, D.)