Social Work

Sue Austin

Social Work

PhD Researcher in Social Work (ESRC 1+3)
School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol

Start Date: September 2012

Research Topic: Post-Adoption Sibling Contact

Sue is a PhD student and practicing Social Worker.   Sue completed an MSc in Social Work Research at Bristol in 2015, before commencing her PhD studies.   Sue is in the second year of a part-time PhD, currently undertaking a literature review and preparing a methodology chapter for a qualitative study, aiming to explore the experiences of adults who have been separated from their siblings through adoption.

Research supervisors: Professor Julie Selwyn, Professor Elaine Farmer

E-mail: sue.austin@bristol.ac.uk

Jess Roy

Social Work

PhD Researcher in Social Work (ESRC +3)
School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol

Start Date: September 2013

Research Topic: Identifying and analysing risk and protective factors for children who live with parents who misuse substances.

The focus of my PhD study is identifying and analysing risk and protective factors for children living with parental substance misuse in relation to their children’s social care and wellbeing outcomes. The research design is a retrospective longitudinal case note study, using multivariate statistical analysis to explore which factors or sets of interacting factors are associated with particular outcomes. 

Research supervisors: Dr Dendy Platt, Dr Demi Patsios

Professional memberships / Positions held: Registered Social Worker with HCPC (SW81401), PhD student representative for the School for Policy Studies (University of Bristol)

E-mail: jessica.roy@bristol.ac.uk

Mary Wakeham

Social Work

PhD Researcher in Social Work (ESRC 1+3)
School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol

Start Date: September 2015

Research Topic: Violence and abuse in young LGBTQ+ relationships.

My research explores in detail young LGBTQ+ people’s experiences of violence and abuse in intimate partner relationships and how best to respond to this problem. A mixed methods approach to data collection is deployed in the form of a national survey, semi-structured interviews and focus groups to examine:

The nature and dynamics of violence and abuse in young LGBTQ+ intimate partner realtionships and the wider cultural and social processes that underpin experiences of violence and abuse in these relationships

Young LGBTQ+ people's attitudes to violence and abuse, the impact intimate partner violence has in their own relationships and the support needs of victims/survivors and perpetrators

Young LGBTQ+ people's views on effective intervention and prevention

Research supervisors: Professor Maianne Hester, Dr Christine Barter

Professional memberships / Positions held: Independent Domestic Violence Advisor with Twelves Company Cornwall, JNC Qualified Youth Worker 

E-mail: mary.wakeham.2015@my.bristol.ac.uk

Rachel Wilder

Social Work

PhD Researcher in Social Work (ESRC 1+3)
School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol

Start Date: September 2012

Research Topic: Policy making about sex and relationships education in primary schools in Bristol

The aim of my research is to explore how decision makers negotiate what ‘knowledge’ contributes to sex and relationships education (SRE) policy for a selection of primary schools in Bristol. ‘Decision makers’ refers to governors, head teachers, SRE teachers, external consultants and others who contribute to decision-making about SRE. This will involve looking at what criteria decision makers, as individuals and as a potential collective, use to assign value to different kinds of information (including technical information, historical pathways, community values, personal attitudes, etc.) and how decision makers use these knowledge(s) to create a case and to negotiate with other decision makers to advance their political persuasion and preferences with regards to SRE policy. 

Research supervisors: Dr Debbie Watson, Ailsa Cameron

E-mail: rachel.wilder@bristol.ac.uk