MA Social Policy (York)
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Social Work Research Interests
Jo Dixon has carried out research on children and families at the University of Manchester and at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, University of London. Since coming to York in 2000 to join the Social Work Research and Development Unit, and later SPRU, she has specialised in research on young people in and leaving care. This includes government funded research on the experiences and outcomes for young people leaving care in Scotland and in England and research on innovative approaches to supporting young people in contact with children’s social care including studies of preventative services for young people on the edge of care (using residential respite care); the implementation of Special Guardianship Orders; and the national evaluation of Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care.
During 2010-2014, Jo was seconded to the young people’s charity Catch22 National Care Advisory Service, as research manager where she coordinated Catch 22’s peer research studies. This included leading a study of Corporate Parenting for young people in and from care and involved delivering research training and support to over 40 care experienced young people to carry out research interviews, analysis and dissemination.
Jo has experience of using qualitative and quantitative research methods, including RCTs and peer research approaches. She is committed to strengthening the links between research and practice by working directly with young people and practitioners and has been involved in setting up training schemes for young people leaving care.
External work includes:
Social Work Advisory Positions
Jo is PI and co-PI on six current research studies:
3. The evaluation of Aspiration Staying Close project for residential care leavers (DfE)
4. The evaluation of Fairways Staying Close project for residential care leavers (DfE)
5. Housing First for Care Leavers (Centrepoint)
6. Care Leavers Transitions into the Labour Market (Nuffield)