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My career as a social work practitioner and academic has focused on the needs and rights of children, young people and their families experiencing adversity. I worked for eleven years as a social worker and senior social worker in statutory child welfare practice, with expertise in child protection, family support, foster care, adoption and permanence planning. Since employment in 2010 as a social work lecturer, I have continued to develop teaching and research that is focused on dedicated to children and young people in state care and adopted from care, and to supporting the families of children in need.
I am involved in research in relation to parenting, family support, children in alternative care, and the experience of family life in foster care, kinship foster care and adoption, with expertise in interpretative qualitative research methods. I work alongside social workers and child welfare agencies to translate research into innovative practice solutions to benefit children and families. I am especially interested in children’s experiences of alternative care internationally and am involved in research partnerships in South Africa and Australia.
I am a Fellow of the Centre for Effectiveness and Social Innovation at. I contribute to ongoing knowledge exchange between the research and child welfare practice communities, on a national and European level, as a core member of: EuroFam-Net, the Pan-European Family Support Research Network; the NI Inter-Agency Child Care Legal Issues Group; the advisory group of Adoption UK (NI), and the CoramBAAF research group advisory committee.
I co-ordinate the social work with children and families module for the Bachelor in Social Work programme, and the enhancing outcomes for children in state care module on the Masters in Applied Social Studies.
I supervise a number of PhD students and welcome proposals in relation to child welfare, adoption, kinship foster care, family life, or parenting.
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Lundy, L., Byrne, B., Lloyd, K., Templeton, M., Brando, N., Corr, M-L., Heard, E., Holland, L., MacDonald, M., Marshall, G., McAlister, S., McNamee, C., Orr, K., Schubotz, D., Symington, E., Walsh, C., Hope, K., Singh, P., Neill, G. & Wright, L. H. V., 15 Jun 2021, (Early online date) In: International Journal of Children's Rights. 29, 2, p. 261-285 25 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile21 Downloads (Pure)
Evaluating the contribution of formal youth mentoring in promoting the well-being of care-experienced young people: SAYes as a case studyMacDonald, M., Fargas-Malet, M., Marco, J., Pinkerton, J., Mathews, S., Kelly, B. & Montgomery, L., 2020, 62 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned reportOpen AccessFile213 Downloads (Pure)
MacDonald, M., Dellis, A., Mathews, S. & Marco, J-L., 28 Sep 2020, In: Journal of Children's Services.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
MacDonald, M., 2020, 16 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned reportOpen AccessFile159 Downloads (Pure)
Parenting Capacity Assessment When a Child Has a Disability: A Companion Monograph to Building Better Futures (BBF)Houston, S., Montgomery, L. & MacDonald, M., 2020
Research output: Book/Report › Scholarly edition
Mandi MacDonald (Organiser)19 May 2021
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in workshop, seminar, course
26 Feb 2020
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited or keynote talk at national or international conference
International Foster Care Conference "Close ties: relations at the heart of child and family wellness"25 Jun 2020 → 28 Jun 2020
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation
Mandi MacDonald (Keynote speaker)24 Oct 2019
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Public lecture/debate/seminar