Dr Ruth Friskney

Research Fellow

Social Work Stirling

Dr Ruth Friskney

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About me

My research focuses on the relationships between individuals and institutions, often linking to my previous experience in policy work around justice and gender-based violence.

I am currently working on CAFADA (Children and families affected by domestic abuse), an ESRC funded project looking at innovation in social care, at the University of Stirling. I also work at Glasgow University on Domestic Abuse and Child Contact: The interface between criminal and civil proceedings, a Scottish Government funded project.

Previous recent work includes: Constructions of children and parents during the reform of family law in Scotland, a Carnegie funded project looking at discourses around children's participation during the parliamentary process of the Children (Scotland) Act 2020;IMPRODOVA: Improving frontline responses to high impact domestic violence, an EU funded project investigating police and other frontline agency responses to domestic abuse across eight countries; Improving Justice in Child Contact, a five country European funded project seeking to enhance children’s participation in decisions that affect them.

I received my PhD in Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, investigating how the police apologise in responding to public complaints.

Research (1)


Constructions of children and parents during the reform of family law in Scotland
PI: Dr Fiona Morrison
Funded by: The Carnegie Trust

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