Current and recent work

Literature review on how young people access money advice ( 2021)

This rapid literature review for the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) explored where and how young people look for information and advice on money matters. The evidence indicated that young people rely heavily on family and friends, find it hard to navigate or judge the trustworthiness of the mass of information available online and are largely unaware of specialist or reliable sources. The review calls for more and better financial education for children, young people, families and relevant professionals; and greater provision of individualised, one-to-one guidance, in person, when a young person needs it.

Our social Networks evaluation

Mencap Cymru’s pioneering project – Our Social Networks (OSN) collected 40 oral histories from 59 adults with learning disabilities. As well as illustrating the importance of friendships and relationships, these narratives highlight the immense obstacles faced in securing basic human rights. OSN shared the personal stories and key themes with the public, policy makers and service providers through exhibitions, films, social media, events and other innovative ways. They proved eye-opening, poignant and stimulating.

Volunteer support for families families

This literature review explored the available data around deploying volunteers to support families. Volunteers were found to work in a wide range of formal and informal roles. To be effective required good skills, training, personal experience, establishing rapport and a good coordinator. Families were found to value knowledge, reassurance, trust and accessibility.

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SRA Ethical Guidance

Training

Each year I design and deliver about 8 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 involving the public in social research. Over recent years we adapted and delivered this course in-house for the ONS, Action for Children, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, Sustrans, Ipsos Mori and others.

Due to Covid-19 we converted and now deliver these courses online .

Other

I am an approved research associate for the Department of Education, Barnardos, NCB, LEAP, the Centre for Aging Better and others.

I am a member of the SRA Ethics Forum, which advises members on ethical dilemmas