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Karen Winter

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Karen Winter

Dr Karen Winter


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Research Interests

My research draws together five main inter-related themes: vulnerable children; children and young people in care; communicating with children; children's rights; and sociological approaches to understanding children and childhood. I welcome PhD applications in the areas above. My current PhD students include:

2012 -Teresa Brown Social Care Workers views on effective relationship-based practice in residential care

2012 - Peter Bryson What next after empowerment? Can the outcomes of early intervention programmes be sustained. Case Studies from the implementation of the Families and Schools Together Programme (FAST), in Belfast, Glasgow and London.

2010 - Michele Mallon An Epidemiological Study of Young Children’s Awareness of and Attitudes Toward Disability

2012 - Jennifer Mooney (DEL studentship) A Randomised Controlled Trial Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Letterbox Club in Improving Educational Outcomes among Children Aged 7-11 Years in Foster Care In Northern Ireland.

2012 - Kieran Shields An Ethnographic Study into the views of Irish Traveller children on their early education in one school in the southern region of Northern Ireland



Research Statement

My current research projects are listed below: 

2014-2015 Sloan, S. (PI Education), Gildea, A. (CI Education), Winter, K. (CI Social Work), Lynn, F (CI Nursing), Connolly, P. (CI Education) 'Evaluation of the Effectiveness and Impact of Nurture Provision in Primary Schools in Northern Ireland' funder DENI, Belfast.

2012-2015 Holland, S. (PI), Cree, V. (CI), Winter, K. (CI), Hadfield, M. (CI) and Ruch, G. (CI). ‘Communicating with Vulnerable Children: Understanding the Everyday Practices of Child and Family Social Workers’, funder ESRC.  Follow link for further information:

2012-15 Kelly, B (PI), Winter, K. (CI) and Dowling, S. (RA). 'Meeting the Needs of Disabled Children and Young People in Northern Ireland', funder OFMDFM, Belfast.

2013-2014 Winter, K. (PI), Connolly, P. (CI) and Mooney, J. (DEL PhD studentship) ‘Effects of the Letterbox Club on the Educational Outcomes for Primary School Children aged 7-11 years in Foster Care in Northern Ireland’, funder Fostering Network Northern Ireland. 

Completed projects:

2013 Winter, K. (PI), Byrne, B. (CI) and Lloyd, K. (CI) ‘Provision of an Evidence Base Regarding How the Right to Family Life of Children on the Edge of Care and in Care is Protected and Promoted in Northern Ireland’, funder Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

2010-2011 Connolly, P (PI) O'Hare, L. (CI), Sibbett, C. (CI), Kerr, K. (CI) and Winter, K. (CI) ‘Pupils’ Emotional Health and Wellbeing: A Review of Audit Tools and a Survey of Practice in Northern Ireland’, funder DENI - Department of Education (Northern Ireland) [R323]. Follow link for further information:

2010-2011 Winter, K. (PI) Connolly, P. (CI), Ferguson, J. (CI) and Bell, I. (CI) ‘Effects of the Letterbox Club on the Educational Outcomes for Primary School Children aged 7-11 years in foster care in Northern Ireland’, funder Fostering Network Northern Ireland.  Follow link for further information:

2010 Miller, S. (PI), Connolly, P. (CI) and Winter, K. (CI) ‘“Ready to Learn” - Literature Review Regarding Interventions and Parental Engagement’, funder Barnardos, Northern Ireland.   

Achievements and Distinctions

Leadership roles

Programme Director DChild (taught doctorate in childhood studies)


Recent and current administrative roles

2014 - On going - Staff rep on SMB

2014 – On going - Staff rep on Academic Council

2009-2012 - Programme Director BSW programme;

2009-2011 - Staff rep Senior Management Board;

2009-2010 - Staff rep on the PGCHET Staff Student Consultative Committee



2014 - ESRC award/sponsorship Belfast Festival of Social Sciences 

2014 - ICL small grant award with Dr. Katharine Dill and Dr. Aine Aventin

2014 – On going - Non-Exec (social work professional) NIGALA board member

2014 - On going - Member LAC outcomes group SEHSCT

2013 - On going - Member of advisory committee Fostering Network Northern Ireland

2012 – On going - External examiner BSW programme University of Sussex 2012

2012 – Teaching award Queen’s University Belfast

2011 – Consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers


My teaching areas include: court work skills; research, policy and practice; critical perspectives on early childhood; communicating with children. I teach at under graduate, post graduate and doctoral level. I have a particular interest in the multi-disciplinary delivery of teaching and learning. The teaching award I and my colleagues from social work, medical education and the Institute of Legal Professional Studies have received is for the team work we have carried out together in this area.

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Contribution to conference papers, events and activities

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