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Christine Cocker is a Professor in Social Work and Head of the School of Social Work at UEA, She joined the Department in September 2013. Prior to this she worked at Middlesex University for 10 years. Christine is a registered social worker (she completed her social work training in New Zealand in the 1980's) and has over 30 years experience as a social worker and manager in child and family social work in Local Authorities and voluntary sector organisations in the UK. Christine maintains strong links in practice as she is currently an independent member of a Local Authority permanence panel and chair of a local authority's Children's Academy. Christine researches and writes about Transitional Safeguarding, social work and sexuality, and social work with looked after children.
Key Research Interests
My research and publications are predominantly in the area of Transitional Safeguarding, social work with looked after children, child protection, and lesbian and gay fostering and adoption. I am particularly interested in the mental health of looked after children and have completed my PhD in this area.
Current and recently completed research projects: External funding
2018: Systematic Literature Review - Transparenting through the Lifecourse
2017-2019: Evaluation of AdoptionPlus DDP project
2012-2014: EU PROJECT:RAINBOW HAS Rights through Alliances: Innovating and networking both Within Homes And Schools. Senior researcher on this project which is investigating homophobia within schools across Europe. Middlesex University is the lead University in England and UEA is an Associate Partner.
2007-2008: Evaluation of ‘Option 2’ for the Welsh Assembly (with Brunel University and Birmingham University) (£2000 to Middlesex University): an evaluation of the ‘Option 2’ service in Cardiff, which provides brief and intensive interventions for families in which there is a risk that a child may enter care or the child’s name may be placed on the child protection register.
2001-2003: PI for a European Union funded research project, 'Mental health of children in care', examining the mental health of children in state care across three EU countries; UK, Belgium (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Greece (Institute of Child Health). This has involved research in the 3 partner countries. The UK research saw NCH - The Bridge collaborate with Barnardos in examining what works regarding practice in this area.
2009-2017: Social Workers views on the use of the SDQ with Looked After Children (PhD)
2009: Sexuality before Ability? The Assessment of Lesbians as Adopters: A qualitative research project, looking at the particular issues and challenges adoption assessments raise from the perspective of those lesbians who put themselves forward for an adoption assessment.
2006 - 2007: A useful way to change attitudes? Evaluating a series of one day training courses for social workers on lesbian and gay issues in fostering and adoption: The evaluation considered whether one day courses were an effective vehicle for achieving change in attitudes, acquiring knowledge and developing skills in working with lesbian and gay issues in fostering and adoption.
Child and Family Social Work
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1/03/19 → 31/03/21
Evaluation of Didactic Developmental Psychotherapy/Practice Programme (DDP): An Adoption Support Intervention
1/03/17 → 7/02/19
Wallace, M. & Cocker, C., Jan 2022, In: Practice. 34, 1, p. 61-69 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review1 Citation (Scopus)
Preston-Shoot, M., Cocker, C. & Cooper, A., 26 Apr 2022, In: Journal of Adult Protection. 24, 2, p. 90-101 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile5 Downloads (Pure)
Cocker, C. & Hafford-Letchfield, T., 27 Apr 2022, Springer-Palgrave-Macmillan.
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Mason, K., Cocker, C. & Hafford-Letchfield, T., Jan 2022, In: Social Work Education. 41, 1, p. 77-89 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile4 Citations (Scopus)12 Downloads (Pure)
Cocker, C. & Cooper, A., Jan 2022, In: Practice. 34, 1, p. 1-6 6 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Editorial › peer-review