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Dr Louise Roberts

Dr Louise Roberts

Research Associate, CASCADE

School of Social Sciences

Email:
robertsl18@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0) 29 2087 4983
Location:
2.21, Glamorgan Building
I am a research associate based in the Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE). My research interests include family support services, foster care and qualitative approaches with social care service users.

Currently, I have NISCHR fellowship funding to investigate the outcomes and experiences of children of looked after children and care leavers.
Prior
 to this I was a postgraduate student at Cardiff University and completed the M.A. Social Work, M.Sc. Social Science Research Methods and Doctor of Philosophy. My PhD research was concerned with Support Care, a preventative family support service for families at risk of breakdown.

My current research is entitled: The children of looked after children: care outcomes and experiences.

Young people who have lived in foster residential or kinship care are more likely to become parents at a young age. Over the next four years I will:

*conduct a systematic review of research and information related to care experienced parents.
*survey local authorities in Wales to find present numbers of care experienced parents together with details of the support services offered to their families.
*follow a group of care experienced parents who are expecting babies over a 12-18 month period. Several interviews will be conducted with parents and the professionals involved in supporting them, to track families' experiences and progress.