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Professor Elaine Farmer

Professor Elaine Farmer

Professor Elaine Farmer
B.A.(Nott.), Ph.D.(Bristol), CQSW, Dip Soc Admin

Emeritus Professor

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Summary

Research projects

Current

Completed

  • The poor relations? Children and informal kinship carers speak out (2013)
  •  Effective Working with Neglected Children and their Families: Linking Interventions to
    Long-term Outcomes
    (2012)
  • Achieving Successful Returns from Care: What makes reunification work? (2011)
  •  Improving Child and Family Assessment: Turning Research into Practice (2011)
  • Adoption Agency Linking and Matching: A survey of adoption agency practice in England and Wales (2010)
  • Kinship Care: Fostering Effective Family and Friends Placements (2008)

Biography

Elaine Farmer is Professor of Child and Family Studies in the School for Policy Studies. Before joining the University, she worked as a children and families social worker and in hospital social work in England and in a specialist unit for children with emotional, behavioural and educational difficulties in Sydney, Australia.  Her practice experience informs her research and teaching.

She is a leading national and international researcher in child welfare and child protection and is author or co-author of ten published books, three on-line books and many articles and book chapters. She has led many large-scale government-funded research studies.  In recent years her research has focused in particular on child protection, kinship care and the reunification of children to their parents from care. 

Elaine is a Trustee of Grandparents Plus and acts as an advisor to a number of research studies both in the UK and abroad.

Teaching

Child protection, looking after sexually abused children away from home, substitute care, reunification, foster care for adolescents.

Keywords

  • Foster care
  • reunification
  • kinship care
  • linking and matching in adoption
  • child protection
  • neglect.

Expertise

My research interests include foster and residential care, the reunification of separated children with their families, kinship care and child protection. I undertook research in the Department of Health programmes of research on Child Protection and Residential Care and my study on fostering adolescents was part of a research programme on Family Support. My recent studies on kinship care and reunification were in a Department for Children, Schools and Families research programme on Quality Protects. I am currently studying Linking and Matching in Adoption and undertaking research on Neglect, both in research initiatives funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

  • Child protection
  • Neglect
  • fostering
  • kinship care
  • adoption
  • Reunification of children in care with their parents
  • sexual abuse and substitute care
  • Memberships

    Organisations

    School for Policy Studies

    Recent publications

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