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Research interests

Adoption and contact between separated birth siblings.

My PhD research study is about listening to the experiences of adult adoptees, who were separated from their birth siblings in childhood through adoption from local authority care, in the UK.   

Following the introduction of the Children Act 1989, there was a duty on courts to give due regard to, children’s “wishes and feelings” before making decisions that affect their lives and, where possible, to place siblings together. The introduction of this legislation in 1991 altered the approach to adoption, intending to make it more open and increasing the need to consider ongoing contact with birth relatives, including siblings. 

My study aims to learn about the lived experiences of people whose lives are affected by adoption and decisions made for them in childhood. How do their sibling relationships develop over time? What might be done well and what could be improved?

If you would like to know more about the study, please contact me on the email address above.  Thank you.

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Education/Academic qualification

MSc Social Work Research with Distinction, The University of Bristol

1 Oct 201212 Dec 2014

Award Date: 20 Feb 2015

BA (Hons) Social Work - First Class, Solent University

Sept 2007Jul 2010

Award Date: 2 Aug 2010


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