Wales School for Social Care Research PhD Studentship in Social Sciences: Falling between gaps? A case study analysis of partnership working to support the mental health of children in care

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    Cardiff University
    United Kingdom
    Social sciences


The CASCADE Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre are offering a fully-funded PhD opportunity to examine multi-agency working for children’s mental health in Wales.

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner in Wales identifies partnership and multi-agency working as a key area for improvement in the children’s social care sector, particularly in relation to supporting mental health.

The aim of this PhD is to provide evidence-based recommendations and examples of good practice to increase the quality and timeliness of mental health provision for children and young people in care. You will use a child-centred case study approach to conduct an investigation of how children in local authority care (‘looked-after’) are supported in accessing mental health care and services. You will produce timelines of mental health referrals for approximately fifteen children and young people, charting all multi-agency activities and, where possible, inter-agency communications surrounding the referral.

What is funded

For more information on what is funded, please visit: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding/view/wales-school-for-social-care-research-phd-studentship-in-social-sciences


3 years full-time, 5 years part-time


Wales School for Social Care Research Social Care PhD Studentships are only available for new UK/EU postgraduate research students undertaking a PhD in a Welsh HEI. Students will need to be eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK/EU rate as defined under UKCISA regulations (www.ukcisa.org.uk).

Candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; and holding a relevant research training Masters degree (or an equivalent background in research training). If English is not your first language, you will need to have achieved at least an overall score of 7.0 in IELTS (or approved equivalent) by the start of the programme.

All study undertaken as part of the Wales School for Social Care Research award must be carried out within the UK. Students must be resident close to Cardiff University and maintain direct contact with the supervisors.


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