Aoife is a research assistant and DPhil student at the Rees Centre, co-supervised by DSPI's Frances Gardner. Her research examines the risk and protective factors for educational outcomes of children in care, with a particular focus on how carers help young people.
Aoife holds a MSc in Evidence Based Social Interventions from the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, Oxford and a MA in Refugee Studies from the University of East London. Aoife worked in social care for seven years, including five as an advocate for refugee and migrant children.
What are the risk & protective factors for educational outcomes for children in care?
- Study 1: What is the relationship between being in care and educational outcomes of children foster or kinship care? A systematic review. See full report.
- Study 2: What are the factors associated with educational outcomes of children in foster or kinship care? A systematic review. (link to journal page?)
- Study 3: What do carers do to support the educational success of children in care?
Informed by the findings from both reviews, study 3 examines the critical role played by carers in supporting the education of children in care. Specifically, the analysis uses a large Canadian dataset to explore whether the involvement of carers over time is associated with gains in attainment.
Supervisors: Professor Judy Sebba, Rees Centre & Professor Frances Gardner, Dept of Social Policy and Intervention