Laura is a PhD Researcher and Research Fellow working on CAFADA (Children and families affected by domestic abuse), an ESRC funded project at the University of Stirling looking at innovations in social care in Scotland and England. Laura’s research is exploring children’s involvement in Domestic Homicide Reviews, specifically the barriers and enablers to child participation. Her research interests include children's welfare and rights, bereavement and trauma, domestic abuse, homicide and suicide. Methodologically, Laura is interested in using digital and therapeutic approaches in undertaking research with children and young people.
Laura is also a Research Fellow on the ARCH (Archiving Residential Children's Homes) project. This is an AHRC funded project being undertaken by researchers at the University of Stirling and the University of Osnabrück, aiming to explore and improve how the everyday group care experiences of children and young people in residential care are captured and preserved.
Laura is a social worker with experience of statutory and third sector social work, primarily working with care-experienced children and their carers. Laura has also worked with The Promise Scotland as an independent research consultant.
Previous research includes working on the Life Changes Trust, Creating Better Lives? Project, and Needs Rounds: improving end of life care in care homes, an NIHR funded study.