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Using creative methods to improve engagement with looked after young people in the North East: a co-researcher project (Advert ref: RDF18/SWE/VINCENT)

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    Dr S Vincent
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Research suggests teenagers who are or have been in the looked after children system may be at risk of harm when they do not engage with effective support services (Sidebotham et al 2016; Vincent 2012; 2016). However, these support systems tend to be designed around the needs of adults rather than young people and need to be more flexible and creative if young people are to successfully engage with them. This PhD studentship project in the Department of Social Work, Education and Communities aims to address these issues within a participatory research framework informed by children’s rights. It is anticipated that care experienced young people will be involved at all stages of the project as co-researchers and that the co-researchers may be recruited through the participation and advocacy team in North Tyneside as the principal supervisor has links with this team.

The project will be informed by current and recently completed research being undertaken by the principal supervisor into the issues affecting young people who are looked after including the Health and Wellbeing Survey of Young People who are looked after in Glasgow (NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow Social Work Department) which compared the health and well-being of looked after young people with those of young people in the general population and other projects (Scottish Government, Leverhulme) which identified the risks of harm for vulnerable young people and found that engagement was a key factor in cases where young people had experienced harm. This studentship will extend this work. It is aligned with the Vulnerable Groups and Social Justice sub theme within the Integrated Health and Social Care Multi-Disciplinary Research Theme (MDRT).

Eligibility and How to Apply

Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF18/…) will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: 28 January 2018
Start Date: 1 October 2018

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Informal Enquiries

Enquiries regarding this studentship should be made to (academic preferred contact tel/email details): [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

The studentship includes a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2017/18, this is £14,553 pa) and full Home/ EU fees.


Recent publications by supervisors relevant to this project:

Vincent, S. and Jopling, M. (2017) The health and well-being of children and young people who are looked after: findings from a face-to-face survey in Glasgow, Health and Social Care in the Community, 00:1-9 HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.1111/HSC.12500
Vincent, S. and Petch, A (2016) Understanding child, family, environmental and agency risk factors: findings from an analysis of Significant Case Reviews in Scotland, Child and Family Social Work. Article first published online: 19 April 2016
Vincent, S. and Jopling, M. (2016) Health and Wellbeing survey of children and young people looked after by Glasgow City Council 2014-15: Final report, Northumbria University
Vincent, S. (2013) Child Death Review: a comparison of six countries, Child Abuse Review. Article first published online 25 June 2013
Vincent, S. and Petch, A. (2012) Audit and analysis of Significant Case Reviews, Edinburgh: Scottish Government

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