We have a large, vibrant PhD/Professional Doctorate community within CASCADE. Our PhD students are studying a wide range of diverse topics across children’s social care, adult social care, exploitation and issues relating to criminal justice.  The students and their topics are listed below. The doctoral students have regular meetings facilitated by Bridget Handley (PhD student). CASCADE doctoral students can join their meetings on-line or in-person. CASCADE students can access the desks and computers within our office space in Sbarc . The bright, open plan space within Sbarc allows for CASCADE PhD students to access desks and computers,  spend time together, get to know each other,  share their experiences, cross-fertilise their ideas and benefit from mutual support. Doctoral students can also access the lovely Milk and Sugar café for informal chats and meetings.  Many of the CASCADE doctoral supervisors are also working within the centre. 

If you are interested in applying to study for a PhD please contact Martin Elliott (ElliottMC1@Cardiff.ac.uk)  who runs the Pathway to PhD programme. This is aimed at those working in social care or with lived experience of services (either adult services or children and families) who are considering undertaking a doctorate or professional doctorate, this programme provides support to take your research ideas and develop them into an application for doctoral study.

Current Doctoral/PhD Students

Bridget Handley Falling between gaps? A case study analysis of partnership working to support the mental health of children in care.
Dawn Hutchinson The role of the ‘Fostering Self’ model in supporting foster placement stability for Looked After children: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of foster carers’ experiences.
Louisa Roberts Making the move: Understanding the transition of young people with social care needs from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to adult services
Rebecca Jones Mentoring for children in care: conceptualising the role, value, and outcomes of the Independent Visitor programme.
Zoe BezeczkyWhat is the impact of joint protocols between police and children’s residential homes in Wales?
Charlotte WaitsWhat is good leadership in child protection services?
Rachel Parker Understanding the role of schools in students’ self-harming behaviours: Developing system-level prevention and intervention
Charlotte WhittakerDeveloping a theory of Motivational Interviewing for statutory child and family social work: How can MI be used to support effective conversations about risk?
Lorna StablerWhat are siblings’ lived experiences of providing kinship care? Identifying pathways to improving kinship care outcomes
Zoe Wrigley An Analysis of Referrals and Outcomes for Young People at Risk of CSE
Rhiannon Maniatt Managing Vicarious Trauma: Comparisons between Survivor Professionals and Non-Survivor Professionals in a Domestic Abuse Context
Angela EndicottChild Welfare Inequality in the Four Nations of the UK
Rebecca Messenger Parenting cultures
Simon JohnsInvestigating the impact of regular wellbeing intervention sessions in secondary schools on the mental health of pupils and achieved learning outcome.
Catherine Phillips The role of gender norms in children’s understandings of coercion and control in relationships: co-producing a multi-agency educational intervention for children (ages 7-11)
Lee Sobo-Allen Child Protection, Children and their Non-Resident Fathers: A study into the expectations and motivations of non-resident fathers engaging with social services
Rosie MooreLearning lessons: Informing suicide prevention from a documentary analysis of Child Practice Reviews (CPRs) and Adult Practice Reviews (APRs)
Sylvia HoylandSupporting women at risk of repeat pregnancy and recurrent care proceedings: A mixed methods study of Reflect services in Wales
Laura Mayhew ManistreWhat works to support the mental health of young people leaving public care in Wales?
Monica ThomasAbsent mothers: The subjective experiences of black British inmates in maintaining relationships and attachment with their children, and it’s perceived effects on desistance from future crime.
Sarah CavillComparing the Occupational Balances of Mothers With and Without Postnatal Depression and the Influences from Social Support & Social Capital
Richeldis Yhap Negotiating Recovery: practitioner and service user experiences of mental health care trajectories in Wales
Gemma AllnattWhat contributes to the success of Looked After young people in Higher Education?
Annemarie NewburyStrengthening family responses for criminally exploited children
Andrea Cooper (nee Murray) Informal Carers and Care-Embedded Social Work: Improving Residential and Nursing Home Admission
Aimee Cummings
Samantha Fitz-SymondsTowards Agency of Opportunity for Young People Leaving Care: A comparison of Welsh, English and Scandinavian Models of Practice. (co-supervised with Julie Doughty, LAWPOL)
Femi David leadership in children’s services
Elizabeth BrierleyPre-Proceedings, Recurrent Care Proceedings and Social Work with Children and Families: A qualitative case study of how social work is undertaken with children and families subject to the pre proceedings stage of the Public Law Outline, within a Local Authority in England.
Lauren DoyleAn exploration of children’s experiences and involvement in private family court proceedings
Imran MohammedAn exploration of the role of the Practice Educator in Wales
Richeldis Yhap 
Ali Davies
Sarah Farragher
David Walker trauma-informed training for foster carers
Elizabeth Brierley

Past Doctoral/PhD Students

Ed Janes 2021Caring Lives: What do young people who care for family members need to thrive? An empirical investigation.
Lucy Sheehan2021Fixing Change – An Ethnographic Study of Child
Alison Prowle2021‘Thank you for asking me about my story’: An exploration of the experiences of forced migrant parents and support service provision in Wales
Catherine Turney2021How do children anticipate, experience and manage the transition from primary to secondary school?
Frances Lewis2021An evaluation of a systemic social work unit as a means of delivering services to children and families
James Matthew Thomas Snook2021An Exploration of Early Career Teachers’ Changes in Professional Identities across a Postgraduate Teacher Inquiry Programme
Lucy Catherine Treby2021What is the relationship between supervision and practice in child and family social work? An analysis of 12 case studies
Kate Marston2020Exploring the relationship between UK young people’s digital cultures, sexual/ gender subjectives and sexual/ gender identity expression
Alexandra Vickery2019Suffering in Silence; Men and Coping with Mental Health Problems
Louise Folkes2019Collective (Re)imaginings of Social Mobility: Insights from Place-based, Classed and Gendered (im)mobility Narratives
Hayat Benkorichi Graoui2019Teachers’ perceptions of the dynamics of the multi-ethnic classroom
June Eunice Taitt2019Are We There Yet? Exploration of Participation by Service Users and Carers and Models/Approaches Used within Social Work Degree Programmes in Wales
Clive Philip Diaz2019A study into children and young people’s participation in their Child in Care Reviews
Marion Russell2019Challenge and Complexity: Implementing the Principal Child and Family Social Worker Role in England
Janet Elizabeth Stephens2019Pathway to a degree programme – a study in the education of adults
Wahida Kent2018The invisible children: Black & Minority Ethnic children and young people with life-limiting illnesses
Victoria Sharley2018Identifying and responding to child neglect in Schools in Wales
Daniel Richard Burrows2018Identifying and responding to child neglect in Schools in Wales
Martin Kinsey Price2018Enough is Enough: How Social Workers Make Judgements When Intervening to Safeguard Neglected Children
Lucy Treby
Abubakari Yakubu
Janet Elizabeth
Emma Chivers
Rob Lomax
Kathryn Johnstone
Tilly Greenwell
Lauren Doyle
Catherine Turney
Ali Davies
Rebecca Esther Burden
Vincent Dambudzo