I have been a researcher at Newcastle for about 14 years now. Most of my work has been around interventions and support for vulnerable children and families, from a social policy perspective, but crossing disciplinary boundaries in family law, criminology, social work, and education. I am currently working in and around schools, primarily involved in evaluation, which enables me to maintain my research interests in multi-disciplinary working, parenting, and children’s participation.
Current research projects:
Evaluation of the Pupil Premium (DfE)
Narrowing the Gap: Technology enhanced learning initiatives
Evaluation of the Diamond model: co-production of services (ILG)
Hello in 100 tongues: connecting communities through cultural exchange with ethnic minority languages (Newcastle University Social Renewal Fund)
Links into Language: Evaluation of projects to encourage language acquisition
Review of Fairness in Education (ILG)
Previous Research Projects:
The participation of children and young people in research (AHRC)
A review of research of interventions in aspirations and attitudes: influencing educational attainment (Joseph Rowntree Foundation)
Evaluation of Sub 21 alcohol prevention project (Mentor UK)
Just for A Laugh Evaluation of Alcohol Education (Mentor UK)
Evaluation of the Disadvantage Subsidy in Somerset and Wiltshire
National Evaluation of Extended Schools (DfE)
National Evaluation of the Disadvantage Subsidy (DfE)
Understanding Child Contact in Scottish Courts (Scottish Executive).
National Evaluation of Budget-holding Lead Professionals for Children in Care (DCSF).
National Evaluation of Family Pathfinders with York Consulting (DCSF)
Understanding the needs of adults, particularly parents, for relationship support (DCSF)
The evaluation of Information Meetings and Associated Provisions under the Family Law Act 1996 (Funder - Lord Chancellors Dept.).
Two Years On - A follow-up study of those attending an Information Meeting under the Family Law Act 1996 (Dept. for Constitutional Affairs).
Work to support the evaluation of 'On Track' - developing a guide to assessing children at risk of offending behaviour (Home Office).
Dysfunctional Families: A web-based toolkit for Crime Reduction Partnerships (Home Office).
Risk, resilience and diversity: Pathways into and out of crime – Prisoners Families (ESRC Priority Network).
Parenting under Pressure: Prison - An evaluation of a book about the family relationships of prisoners in collaboration with Young Voice (Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund)
National evaluation of Youth Inclusion and Support Panels (Dept.for Education and Skills).
National evaluation of Family Group Conferencing (Youth Justice Board).
National evaluation of Family Advice and Information Services (Legal Services Commission).
National Evaluation of Budget-holding Lead Professionals (Dept for Education and Skills).