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Research Profile

Dr Morag Henderson 

  • Social Work Over Time: An examination of Children, young people and families using social work services in four UK cohort studies


    The studies are the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, the Millennium Cohort Study, The Longitudinal Study of Young People in England and the British Household Panel Study. Collectively these four allow unique potential for examining comparative outcomes for children who have contact with a social worker, without retrospective bias and over a longer period of time than ever previously studied.
    The outcomes examined will include well-being over time and the occurrence or absence of any subsequent reports of abuse, neglect or entry to care. The researchers are also interested in how the use of social workers changes as children grow older and as their policy shifts. They will compare the children, young people and families who have social work contact both with the general population and with others who have similar (or worse) difficulties but without social work contact, to see what makes the social work group and their outcomes distinctive. Given current policy emphasis on multi-professional and 'early intervention', they will also compare those with similar problems who have social workers with those who do not but have contact with other professionals.

    Funder: The Nuffield Foundation

    Project Value: £132,798

    Principal Investigator: Professor Jonathan Scourfield