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New PhD opportunities announced to increase quantitative research in children's social care

1 April 2021

These PhD opportunities, funded by What Works for Children’s Social Care, will see students based at the UCL Social Research Institute within UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

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They will fund three doctoral students starting in October 2021 and will focus on quantitative research in children’s social care, drawing together a multi-disciplinary supervision team from across the UBEL Doctoral Training Centre, including UCL and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Recruitment is now open for prospective students interested in working on any of the three projects, which will focus on;

  • The impacts of Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs and different ways of delivering them
  • The impacts of virtual schools for looked after children
  • Extending and expanding existing evaluations of family drug and alcohol courts.

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Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care, said;

“I’m very excited to see the launch of this collaboration with UCL, which will focus on answering important quantitative questions about the effect of policy and practice within children’s social care. I can’t wait to meet the students who will form the next generation of impactful scholars in this area.”

Dr Jenny Woodman, Associate Professor at UCL said:

"This is a fantastic opportunity for three talented students to work as a cohort within a critical mass of world class quantitative researchers at UCL and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Students will develop careers in quantitative social research whilst making a real difference to the lives of children and their families through improving what we know about how to help families through children's social care and other public services.”



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