I currently work as a Research Associate with CASCADE (Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre for Wales) in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. My research interests and areas of expertise revolve around aspects related to childhood and youth studies, care, social policy analysis, and participative creative research methods. I am particularly interested in those who occupy interstitial categories and spaces in society. My doctoral research explored Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in South-East Wales, and involved young people with experiences of CSE and a range of different professionals tasked to identify and intervene in the problem. Other research projects have involved young people who sexually harm, and children and young people Looked After. Prior to beginning my academic career, I worked in the third and public sectors as a consultant on a number of research and policy related projects. Previous to this, I worked for the Big Lottery Fund and Barnardo’s Cymru. I am committed to research and theory that seeks to influence public service policy and professional practice.
As with the other members of the TLC research team, I have been involved in the analysis and dissemination of the research findings. I was also the researcher with the England and Wales social work teams on this research project, and I also coordinated the young people’s advisory group.