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Dr Jennifer Lyttleton-Smith

Dr Jennifer Lyttleton-Smith

Research Associate, CASCADE

School of Social Sciences

+44 (0)29 2068 8722
1-3 Museum Place, GF 0.03, Glamorgan Building
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a childhood sociologist specialising in issues of power, subjectivity, gender, and participation in research and public discourse.   I am based in the CASCADE Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre in the School of Social Sciences and work primarily on children's social care issues  I am currently undertaking a post-doctoral fellowship awarded by Health and Care Research Wales that explores the concept of co-production in Welsh social care policy in relation to the experiences of children and young people in care.










Gender Relations and Society (UG) - Childhood, gender, and sexualities

MA Social Work (PG) - Dissertations

Sociology (UG) - Qualitative research methods and dissertations

MA Childhood Studies (PG) - Research methods with children and young people

Early childhood, family, power and identity, early years education, gender and sexuality, feminism, queer theory, ethnographic methodologies.

I am currently working on a post-doctoral fellowship awarded by Health and Care Research Wales. 

'Talking changes: developing best practice in co-producing well-being outcomes with looked after children in Wales' examines the roll-out and ongoing impact of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act (2014) in relation to statutory provision for children and young people.

Focusing on the voices and experiences of children and young people receiving care under the Act, I will work collaboratively with children’s services teams across the country to generate understandings of how the changes in Welsh social care policy are being felt in the daily lives of child and family social workers, managers, and children and young people themselves.  I am seeking best practice examples of co-production from practitioners and organisations, but also exploring how this recent concept of co-production can work most effectively for children and social workers.

The proposal was developed with a consultation group from Voices from Care Cymru, an advocacy and support organisation for children and young people with experiences of care, who will continue to act as an advisory group throughout the duration of the project


I am interested in supervising postgraduate students on topics surrounding childhood, identity/subjectivity, gender, sexuality, children's social care and feminist theory.