Projects

A synopsis of some recent research and consultancy

2015 PEER Project – Developing training manual and training facilitators in UK, Romania, Catelonia and Lithuania for Participation, Experiences and Empowerment for Roma youth (PEER) project
2014 Oxford Policy Management – Leader of in country team on UNICEF funded project with Ministry of Social Development supporting the development of a 10 year strategic plan for Social Development in Oman
2014 Oxford Policy Management – Consultancy on EU project in Croatia: “Support to Social Welfare in the Process of Further Deinstitutionalisation of Social Services”
2012 – 2014 EveryChild – Development and trial in Brazil, Bulgaria and Indonesia of toolkit on improving state social work for vulnerable children and families
2011- ongoing Know How Centre on Alternatives to Care (New Bulgarian University) – Long term consultancy supporting Bulgarian Government to implement its policy of deinstitutionalisation and develop social work services for children and families
2009- ongoing UCLan & University of Western Australia – Study of 20 years of child protection practice in Western Australia
2013 – 14 Oxford Policy Management – Supporting the Government of Uganda to develop a social care services policy within social protection
2009 – 2012 Department for Children, Families and Schools – National Evaluation of government pilots of Social Work Practices – new organisational arrangements for social work provision to children in state care
2011 EveryChild – Literature review of social work in medium and low income countries – led to publication of Making Social Work Work
2010 International Social Services (Bulgaria) – Consultancy on planning children’s services
2010 Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, Northern Ireland Government – 2nd Evaluation of the Office of the Commissioner for Children and Young People with PricewaterhouseCoopers
2009-10 UNICEF CEE/CIS – Knowledge-building Support to the Child Care System Reform in CEE-CIS. Study on gate-keeping functions in three countries
2008 Children’s Workforce Development Council – Action research to evaluate and develop social work programmes aimed at creating employment opportunities for children leaving state care across the North West of England
2008 – 2009 North Lancashire Teaching Primary Care Trust – Evaluation of implementation of WHO/UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative
2008 EveryChild/UAFA – Consultancy on Gatekeeping Entry to Institutions in Azerbaijan
2007 BIG Lottery Fund – Evaluation of Northern Ireland Building Quality Childcare programme with Howarth Consulting
2007 UNICEF Kyrgyzstan – Developing a strategic plan for work of the National Department for Child Protection
2007 UNDP – Advice on National Minimum Standards For Quality Of The Community-Based Social Assistant Service Bulgaria
2007 Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, Northern Ireland Government – Evaluation of the Office of the Commissioner for Children and Young People with Deloitte consulting
2007 EveryChild – evaluation of EESCCA region country programme strategies 2004 – 2007 in Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine
2006 – 2007 Save the Children – situation analysis of education system in England with Pat Cox
2006 – 2007 Carmarthen CC – evaluation of children’s services looked after children system
2006 – 2007 Wirral MBC – evaluation of children’s services referral, looked after children and common assessment systems
2006 – 2007 Hull MBC – evaluation of children’s services referral and common assessment systems
2004 – 2005 UNICEF – Development of International Indicators and methodology for data collection on children in care and children in conflict with the law includes pilots in Philippines, Romania and Kazakhstan
2004 – 2007 Economic and Social Research Council – Tracking children and accomplishing risk: E-assessment in Child Welfare co-applicant
2004 – 2005 Northern Ireland Office – Evaluation of Northern Ireland Guardian ad litem service with CAPITA
2004 – 5 UNICEF Kazakhstan – 4 Consultancy contracts on Child’s Rights and Social Protection in Kazakhstan; advising on development of social work, alternatives to care and juvenile justice system
2003 – 2004 National Children’s Office, Ireland – Evaluation of Guardian ad litem system – PI for project between Nuffield Institute & CAPITA
2003 Save the Children UK – research into numbers of institutionalised children in Bulgaria to inform new European Union accession requirements for Bulgaria
2002 – 2003 Russian Federation – International Adviser to SPIL project developing standards for services in Non-Governmental Sector
2000 – 2003 World Bank/UNICEF CEE/CIS/Baltics – Consultancy on Changing Minds Policies and Lives project – a series of contracts to write concept papers and develop toolkits published by World Bank and UNICEF
2000 – 2001 EC STOP Programme – Principal Researcher, EU STOP grant for internet project to promote cooperation between law enforcement agencies on child sexual exploitation
1999 – 2001 Asia Europe Meeting – Director of Observatory on child protection initiative between 10 Asian countries and EU