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Project title: Identifying and responding to child neglect in schools
This doctoral project will analyse the role of schools in tackling neglect in Wales. It will do this by:
1. Conducting case file analysis of childrens services local authority records to determine patterns of involvement of schools in identifying and responding to neglect, from initial recognition through to child protection planning. Analysis will take place in up to three areas in Wales where there are low, average and high rates of child neglect registration.
2. Conducting qualitative case study research in primary and secondary schools in these three areas in Wales. Staff at all levels, such as dining and play supervisors, class teachers, school counsellors, educational welfare officers and head teachers will be interviewed about their experiences.
The project is expected to provide evidence that will inform good practice for interdisciplinary working between education and social services sectors and ultimately improve neglected childrens well-being.
Cardiff School of Social Sciences is a large School with over 160 staff and a thousand undergraduate and postgraduate students. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise rated almost all of its research to be of an international standard, with 55% of it either world leading or internationally excellent. This rating, together with the size of the School, places it amongst the top five centres in the UK (and ranked number one in the UK for social sciences research power). The Schools academic and research staff and PhD students are engaged in high quality research employing a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative methods, have an excellent publication record and are very active in international collaboration and interdisciplinary projects. About 120 full and part-time PhD students are currently enrolled in our doctoral programme, making ours a large and vibrant postgraduate community.
Residency: The award is open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education.
Academic criteria: Applicants for a studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a 2.1 degree or higher in a relevant subject, such as Social Science. A professional background in social work or teaching would be an advantage but is not essential.
This studentship consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend of £14,000 for 2014/15