We welcomed three interns in the summer of 2019. Shannon Seale, final year MA Social Work student, worked with Beth Neil and her team on the Evaluating Adoption Support assessments for ONE Adoption project. Shannon analysed the responses of adoptive parents who had completed a survey about their experiences of having an adoption support assessment. We were able to use her write up of this in our interim report to One Adoption.

Claire Hopkins is a second year BA Social Work student worked with Georgia Philip, John Clifton and Marian Brandon on the Nuffield Foundation funded study ‘Up Against It’. Claire analysed rich qualitative data from interviews and contacts with men about their experiences of losing more than one child to care, adoption or special guardianship. She was then able to compile case studies which informed the final study report which was published in the Summer of 2020.

Joanna Robinson (MA Social Work student) worked with Julie Young and Birgit Larsson on the Nuffield Foundation long-term foster care project led by Gillian Schofield. Joanna provided valuable help in analysing important survey data.


Part of Jen Coleman’s MSc in Psychology involved research-linked work experience and she spent a number of weeks with us at CRCF. This was in the Spring of 2020 before the lockdown brought a premature end to her placement. Jen was based with our PhD students and got such a taste for research and our research environment that she has applied and has been accepted for a PhD with us in the Autumn of 2020.
It is always our hope that some interns will want to come back to do a PhD with us at CRCF after gaining practice experience - and Louise Hartley is the first to do so.