Jade is a recent graduate specialising in children, young people and families and has over 10 years’ experience of working with looked after children. Prior to coming to the University of York Jade worked for a national charity where she was responsible for managing young people’s participation across several projects and as well as contributing to peer research studies as interviewer and interview training facilitator. This included: training young people in participatory research approaches; facilitating a national forum of young people from over 50 Local authorities that came together to lobby local and national government to improve services and outcomes for care leavers; and creating a number of products and information guides on new legislation and guidance for care experienced young people including information on 21+ entitlements and Staying Put.
Jade holds a strong belief in empowering young people to share their views and to provide young people with the opportunities to develop their skills.
External work includes:
Staying Put: 18+ Family Placement Programme (Peer Research Report) (2012) National Care Advisory Service.
European Scientific Association on Residential and Foster Care for Children and Adolescents Conference (EUSARF) 2016, Oviedo Spain, Presentation: The House Project: Putting young people in charge of their transitions to independence from care.
European Scientific Association on Residential and Foster Care for Children and Adolescents Conference (EUSARF) 2016, Oviedo Spain, Poster presentation: Involving young people in research.
Spoke as part of a panel at the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers Conference 2015, December 4th 2015, London Metropolitan University.
European Scientific Association on Residential and Foster Care for Children and Adolescents Conference (EUSARF) 2012, Glasgow. Presentation: What is Peer Research?
Participatory peer research with young people leaving alternative care – Brussels.
SiS Catalyst – children as societal actors for a sustainable future – Ghent.
European Access Network – Access to post-secondary education for looked after children – Canada.