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Research Profile

Dr Heather Ottaway  

Dr Heather Ottaway
Position:Lecturer in Social Work
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 76428
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Address:1.03 Glamorgan Building

Research Interests

  • Adoption
  • Fostering
  • Sibling relationships in non-traditional settings
  • The application of sociological and anthropological theories of kinship and the family in social work with children and families
  • Qualitative research methodologies

Dr Ottaway is also a core group member of the Adoption Research Group, a sub-group of the Childhood Research Group, within the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University.

Social work research at Cardiff.


In July 2012 the Department for Education published a 'call for views' on placing children in sibling groups for adoption. The two documents below are the consultation document from the Department for Education and Dr Ottaway's response, which draws on the national and international research evidence base.

Department for Education - Placing Children in Sibling Groups for Adoption: A Call for Views

Dr Ottaway's response to the Department for Education's consultation document on placing sibling groups for adoption