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Mandi MacDonald

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Mandi MacDonald

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Research Interests

My main research interests are in respect of Looked After and adopted children. I am particularly interested in: the care planning process; social work interaction with the Courts; the needs and rights of looked after children; and the experience of family life in permanent placements.

I have carried out research and published articles on post-adoption contact, adoptive parenthood, kinship foster care and informal kinship care.

I am interested in the use of qualitative research methods, particularly the development of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis in social work research.

I am a member of the Centre for Social Research on Children and Young People at Queens University and a member of the CoramBAAF research group advisory committee.

I am a qualified social worker with 11 years experience in statutory children’s services in Belfast working as a social worker and senior social worker in family support and child protection teams, and, most recently, in permanence and adoption.

I joined Queens University as a lecturer in social work in 2010. I am currently programme director for the undergraduate route of the Bachelor in Social Work degree.


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