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SPSW peer research promoted at international conference on global child welfare

Posted on 4 October 2016

Jo Dixon and Jade Ward present two studies on the welfare of young people at EUSARF in Oviedo Spain

Jo Dixon and Jade ward with poster at EUSARF conference

The European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents International conference (EUSARF) is one of the largest meeting points globally for researchers, practitioners and policy makers in the field of child welfare. This year it features over 200 oral presentations 25 Key Note speakers and over 60 posters shared over three days.

This September Jo and Jade (pictured left with Jo on the right) presented 'Young people on the edge of care' and 'Young people making the transition from care to independence'. They also shared a poster presentation on young people’s participation in research using peer research methodology.

The peer research approach they have developed in their studies involves young people in each aspect of the research activity, including dissemination. Three young people from their evaluation of The House Project accompanied the research team to the conference and were supported to develop and co-deliver the paper on transitions from care and present the poster on young people’s participation in research. The sessions were well attended and have generated interest in their research on young people in and leaving care and on the approach to involving young people in research.

The House project - Putting young people in charge of their transitions from care. This presentation explored the issues young people face when leaving care in the UK and what one local authority is doing to provide an alternative route to post-care accommodation for young people. The three young people who attended the conference shared their experiences of the project and how they are working to improve the outcomes for young people in their local authority in relation to accommodation outcomes for care leavers.

Supporting adolescents on the edge of care - Using short stays in residential units to prevent longer term care. This presentation focused on three studies carried out by researchers in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work and colleagues from the Department of Health Sciences. The focus of the presentation identified the complexity of categorising young people on the edge of care and homelessness. Two of the three studies used a mixed methods approach in support services for young people.

Jo Dixon and Jade Ward - Poster

Involving young people in research - Poster presentation (follow image link to expand).
The poster presentation was primarily delivered by the young people involved in the studies. The poster highlighted the benefits and challenges of including young people in research with a focus on what both young people and researchers gain when working together.

Find out more at EUSARF XIV.