DECIPHer research associates Rhiannon Evans and Annie Williams have been awarded prestigious postdoctoral fellowships to work with CASCADE, Cardiff University’s new Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre.
The three-year fellowships have been awarded by the National Institute for Social Care and Health Research in Welsh Government.
Dr Annie Williams will be researching use of restorative approaches within family support services. Restorative approaches and restorative justice share many conceptual roots but restorative approaches differ by working with troubled individuals in a proactive way that seeks to build relationships and improves lives by strengthening communities, preventing conflict and reducing problematic behaviours. To date, restorative approaches have achieved positive outcomes in many contexts including education and children’s residential services, but little research has explored whether restorative approaches can increase the effectiveness of family-service provision. Annie will be based at CASCADE but continue to work closely with DECIPHer.
Dr. Rhiannon Evans will be researching mental health and wellbeing in looked after children and young people. Her fellowship will focus on identifying the prevalence of self-harm and suicide in this population, along with pertinent risk and protective factors. Borne out of this data, Rhiannon will seek to develop an intervention to support practitioners in intervening with children and young people experiencing self-harm and/or suicidal behaviours. Rhiannon will be based in DECIPHer but will be working with CASCADE to develop their interests in children’s and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.