Foster care and user engagement in research

Former Sussex colleagues Nikki Luke and Judy Sebba, both at the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education at the University of Oxford, are doing some really interesting work on fostering and children’s outcomes. Particularly exciting in the Centre’s design which puts user engagement at the heart of its work.

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Nikki Luke, our guest blogger for this week, is the Research Officer at the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education at the University of Oxford. Nikki is an alumna of the University of Sussex, having recently completed her doctoral work in the Department of Psychology. The work of the Rees Centre, which has been set up in order to identify what works to improve the outcomes and life chances of children and young people in foster care, is of direct relevance to social work and we’re delighted to host Nikki’s post reflecting on her first few months with the Centre. Read more about the Rees Centre at http://reescentre.education.ox.ac.uk

I recently completed my PhD in Psychology at the University of Sussex. For me, as for many Doctoral students, participants were the people I interviewed and tested, while I was the researcher who came up with the questions, ran the…

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