Current work

Social research with children and young People – published Dec 2018

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. Through sharing first person narratives, this project aims to enhance understanding of the importance of friendships and relationships for people with learning disabilities and the barriers they face. Another arm of OSN is supporting four museums in Wales to help them become 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.


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. Over recent years we adapted and delivered this course in-house to Action for Children, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, Sustrans and Ipsos Mori.

SRA Ethical Guidance

I am in a working group re-writing the Social Research Association’s ethical guidance. This is due out in late 2019 and will be published on the SRA website.


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