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Teaching Interests

MA in Social Work

 

Year 1: Human Growth and Behaviour, Supporting parents of looked after and adopted children

 

Year 2: Social work with children and families: adoption.

 

BA in Social Work

 

Year Two: Human Growth and Behaviour, Supporting parents of looked after and adopted children

 

Year 3: Social Work with Children and Families: adoption.

 

Continuing Professional Development courses-Child Placement module.

 

Post-graduate supervision

 

Beth Neil is experienced at supervising students at research Masters and doctoral level. Topics her PhD students have explored include:

 

· adoptive parent recruitment (Emma Ward)

 

· Foster carers’ experiences of fostering babies (Michelle Pyman)

 

· experiences of birth fathers in adoption (John Clifton)

 

· adopted adults experiences of sibling relationships (Heather Ottaway)

 

· looked after children's use of social networking (Andrew Sach)

 

-          Family reunification form residential care in Moldova (Irina Sirbu)

 

-          Grandparents as special guardians (Paul McGrath)

 

-          Identity and male victim sof internal partner violence. (Cassian Rawcliffe)

 

Beth welcomes both national and international students interested in researching family placement issues, or the broader field of child and family welfare, particularly students interested in taking a psychological approach to these issues.

Areas Of Expertise

ADOPTION

Biography

Beth Neil is a Professor of Social Work, Director of Research and Chair of the Research Ethics Committee for the School of Social Work. Before joining the Department as a Ph.D. student in 1996 (progressing to lecturer in 1999 and senior lecturer in 2007) she worked for several years in social care in social work. She teaches on qualifying and post-qualifying social work programmes and supervises Ph.D. students. Her research interests are in the field of adoption including post-adoption contact, birth relatives’ perspectives on adoption, post adoption support, and adoptive parent recruitment.

 

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Beth Neil has directed a number of funded research projects in the field of adoption. These have included two major studies: the longitudinal “Contact after Adoption” study which has followed a group of adoptive birth families over 18 years from 1996 to 2013, and the “Researching Adoption Support” study which explored support services for birth relatives, and agency support for direct contact arrangements (2005-2010). She is currently directing an ESRC project "From care to adoption to parenting" exploring the experiences of adoptees who become parents, and adoptive parents who become grandparents. Key themes in her research have been around the management of psychological issues for adopted children and young people, birth relatives and adoptive parents. Her research has contributed to policy and practice affecting adopted children and their birth and adoptive families.

Current and recent research research projects:

Success factors in adopter recruitment: Insights from adoption agency social work managers and marketing offices (2013)

Contact after adoption (Three phases 1996-2000, 2002-2004, 2012-13)

Researching Adoption Support (2005-10)

 

 

Specialisms

Adoption; adopted children's contact with birth relatives after adoption; post adoption support services.

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