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Dr Annie Williams

Dr Annie Williams

Research Fellow, CASCADE

School of Social Sciences

+44 (0)29 2087 4983
Room 0.03, 1- 3 Museum Place


My research interests lie in social care practice and delivery. Much work in recent years has been focused on relationship- based practice and its impact on service acceptability and efficacy within family support services. While involvement in this field continues, other recent and ongoing work is concerned with the care, experiences and outcomes of vulnerable young people referred to Secure Accommodation for welfare reasons.


2009 PhD Social Policy and Child Development. University of Glamorgan

2005 MSc Health Psychology. University West of England

2002 BSc (Hons) Psychology. Open Univevrsity

!983 BDS.  Welsh National School of Medicine

Academic Positions 

2018 - to date. Research Fellow, Cardiff University

2014- 2018. Post-doctoral Research Fellow. Cardiff University 

2011-2014. Research Associate. Cardiff University

2009 - 2011. Research Assistant. Cardiff University  












I recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship exploring the process and efficacy of delivering family services using a Restorative Approach. During the fellowship an additional project was carried out to assess the impact of training in Restorative Approach on practitioner service delivery.  At present I am developing a model of using a Restorative Approach to support families of Military Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. ESRC Impact Acceleration Account funding has just been awarded and will be used to explore use of a Restorative Approach framework to create and offer a community centre that seeks to meet the holistic needs of the community including those arising from family level mental health problems, domestic violence and substance misuse.

Recent work has also explored the life trajectories of young people from Wales referred to Secure Accommodation for welfare reasons and the outcomes of young people from England with similar experiences. This work identified a need for further research in this field, and much current work is focused on developing bids in this crucial, yet under-researched area.