Current work

New Book: Social research with children and young People just published

Evaluation of a stalking service

In January 2019 I started an evaluation of an innovative service in Essex to support people who are being stalked. Few services like this exist in the country. I have been shocked by some of the information I’ve learnt so far: for example in over 90% of domestic female homicides there was a history of stalking.

I am in a working group re-writing the Social Research Association’s ethical guidance

School exclusions – literature review

This literature review examines the drivers behind the continuous disproportionate exclusion from school of certain groups of children and young people. It forms part of the wider reaching review by Edward Timpson. Both reports are due out in Spring 2019 . 
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Our Social Networks – Mencap

Over 3 years, I am conducting a process and outcome evaluation of Mencap Cymru ‘s pioneering project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This project aims to enhance understanding of the importance of friendships and relationships for people with learning disabilities and help make the heritage sector more accessible for disabled people.  

Cumbria Early Intervention Project

This is an innovative, multi-sector and multi-agency early intervention programme for children and young people with severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. It builds on a ‘positive behavioural support model‘ developed by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, Kent University and others. My mainly formative and process evaluation supports the development of this complex project.

Contact’s welfare rights advice service

From 2016 – 2018 I conducted an outcome and process evaluation of this UK-wide, Big Lottery funded advice service for families who have disabled children. Read the report, or the short executive summary


Each year I design and deliver at least 6 public and bespoke training courses for the Social Research Association (SRA) on planning and conducting research and evaluation with children and young people and on involvement.


I am a research associate for the Department of Education, NCB, the Centre for Aging Better, the Family and Childcare Trust and others