Supporting looked after children: A mixed methods study exploring the role of the Educational Psychologist

Samul, Nicola (2021) Supporting looked after children: A mixed methods study exploring the role of the Educational Psychologist. Professional Doctorate thesis, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust / University of Essex. Full text available

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Abstract

In 2020, there were 80,080 looked after children (LAC) in the United Kingdom (UK) (Department of Education [DfE], 2020). Literature illustrates the range of difficulties experienced by this population, with particular reference to social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs, and consequently the impact on factors such as academic attainment. The often long-lasting negative outcomes endured by this population make this an area of great concern. This is exacerbated by the increasing number of children entering the care system in recent years. The Educational Psychologist (EP) has long been recognised as well placed to support these children. However, research exploring EP support amongst this population is scarce, varied and out dated. The aim of this research was to explore how EPs can support LAC by understanding what influences this type of work. The study employed a mixed method design over two sequential phases. Phase 1 involved a national internet-based survey to gather information from 167 EPs. Statistical analysis demonstrated the range and extent of work in relation to EP support amongst LAC. In Phase 2, 15 EPs shared what they viewed to influence EP support amongst this population, via a qualitative questionnaire. Questionnaires were then analysed using Thematic Analysis (TA). Identified themes highlighted some of the challenges and barriers posed when working with this population. Key findings and implications for future EP practice are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Additional Information: Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the Professional Doctorate in Child, Community and Educational Psychology awarded by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in association with the University of Essex
Uncontrolled Keywords: Professional Doctorate in Child, Community and Educational Psychology, Edpsych Updates
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Care
Learning & Education > Educational Psychology
Learning & Education > Learning & Education in Psychology
Research, Tests, Assessments > Psychological Research
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Research
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2552

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