My main research interests are in respect of Looked After and adopted children. I am particularly interested in: the care planning process; social work interaction with the Courts; the needs and rights of looked after children; and the experience of family life in permanent placements.
I have carried out research and published articles on post-adoption contact, adoptive parenthood, kinship foster care and informal kinship care.
I am interested in the use of qualitative research methods, particularly the development of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis in social work research.
I am a member of the Centre for Social Research on Children and Young People at Queens University and a member of the CoramBAAF research group advisory committee.
I am a qualified social worker with 11 years experience in statutory children’s services in Belfast working as a social worker and senior social worker in family support and child protection teams, and, most recently, in permanence and adoption.
I joined Queens University as a lecturer in social work in 2010. I am currently programme director for the undergraduate route of the Bachelor in Social Work degree.
Connecting of Disconnecting? Adoptive Parents’ Experiences of Post Adoption Contact and their Support Needs
Research output: Research › Commissioned report
- Early online date
Hearing the voices of kinship foster carers in Northern Ireland: An inquiry into characteristics, needs and experiences
Research output: Research - peer-review › Article
Research output: Research › Book
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1365-2206
Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.1 SJR 0.705 SNIP 1.067
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 2046-7443
The Policy Press
Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.57 SJR 0.379 SNIP 0.466
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1740-469X
British Association for Adoption & Fostering
Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.48 SJR 0.398 SNIP 0.724
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1476-489X
Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.53 SJR 0.228 SNIP 0.512
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Activity: Consultancy, business and community engagement › CPD delivery/organisation of courses for externals (in kind)
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work › Publication peer-review
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