I am a registered social worker and have research interests in migration, linguistic discrimination and social justice. My PhD explored the phenomenon of child language brokering – the process in which children provide linguistic and cultural mediation for adults who do not share a common language.
I have carried out research with migrant children and young people about their experience of child language brokering. I have worked on various research projects to explore dimensions of wellbeing and service delivery (ESOL students, care experienced young people, service users, carers, practitioners, service managers, women with mental health difficulties) with focus on implications for practice and policy.
I have used creative, qualitative, visual and participatory research methods including the development an interactive learning tool for social work students based on young people's care experience.
Event / Presentation
The regulation of child language brokering in a social work context. 2nd International Conference on Non-Professional Interpreting and Translation
Getting the Balance Right: Developing a Cost Evaluation Tool for 'Team around the Family' approaches in Wales 2011. TiSSA 2011: 9th Conference of the International "Social Work Society" Academy (TiSSA): Politics of Identity - The Changing Face of Social Work
Child Language Brokering in a Social Welfare Context. Child Language Brokering Group
Quarriers: Evaluation of Family Centre Services Quarriers and Big Lottery Fund UK
Quarriers provides a wide range of creative activities to support parenting and families in the local area. This project is exploring how the services provided for children and parents (funded by the BLF) are making a difference to the lives of children and families. The research methods include critical reflective dialogue, observation, interviews and focus groups. The evaluation team includes Sian Lucas and Andressa Gadda.
My research is grounded in the desire to improve outcomes; reduce injustice and discrimination and enhance people's wellbeing and improve service delivery. I am particularly interested in the role that language plays in social work encounters, with a view to understand how social workers can engage with marginalised linguistic communities.
In February 2019 I used Connect+ funding and co-ordinated a symposium: 'On the move: children and family's communication and wellbeing' with keynote speaker Prof. Jemina Napier, academics from the UK and Turkey and theatre company Sans Accent. The event provided space to explore issues of wellbeing & communication for children and families and their education, health and social care needs. Academics, practitioners and policymakers explored issues, challenges, and contributing factors (such as child language brokering, brokering across the life course, racism, discrimination, austerity) that arise due to language barriers. See: https://player.vimeo.com/external/333789659.source.mp4?s=8a720c805c00fa236ccf0b0a2ac0f111bbbf1aca&download=1
I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following topic areas: children in the generational order, child and family social work, child language brokering; intercultural communication in public services, social work for migrant children and families.
McCarron A, Uny I, Caes L, Lucas S, Semple S, Ardrey J & Price H (2020) Solid fuel users' perceptions of household solid fuel use in low- and middle-income countries: a scoping review. Environment International, 143, Art. No.: 105991. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2020.105991
Lucas SE, Grant M & Burns A (2019) Towards best practice in educating and supporting separated children in Scotland: Executive Summary. Glasgow Clyde Education Foundation and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Glasgow. https://www.scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Towards_Best_Practice_Separated_Children_report_2019.pdf
Lucas SE (2016) Interpreting: One Size fits all? English Language as an essential component of social work. In: Williams C & Graham M (eds.) Social Work in a diverse Society: Transformatory Practice with black and minority ethnic individuals and communities. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 91-108. http://policypress.co.uk/social-work-in-a-diverse-society
Lucas S (2014) 'Mum, if you’ve got a doctor's appointment take me or my sister': contributions of a child language broker. In: Westwood J, Larkins C, Moxon D, Perry Y & Thomas N (eds.) Participation, Citizenship and Intergenerational Relations in Children and Young People's Lives: Children and Adults in Conversation. Basingstoke: Palgrave Pivot, pp. 82-93. http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/participation,-citizenship-and-intergenerational-relations-in-children-and-young-people's-lives-joanne-westwood/?sf1=barcode&st1=9781137379702
Lucas S (2014) The regulation of child language brokering in a social work context. 2nd International Conference on Non-Professional Interpreting and Translation, Germersheim, Germany, 29.05.2014-31.05.2014. http://www.fb06.uni-mainz.de/ikk/Dateien/NPIT2_Programme.pdf
Lucas S (2013) Children that interpret: a small tragedy in a larger social work space?. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2013: Engaging Sociology Conference Programme and Abstract Book. British Sociological Association Annual Conference, London, 03.04.2013-05.04.2013. Durham: British Sociological Association, p. 95. http://www.britsoc.co.uk/media/50981/AC2013_Full_Prog_Web2.pdf?1425305963872
Lucas SE (2012) Child Interpreting in Social Work - perspectives from the UK (Presentation) The University of Tallinn, Social Work Summer School, Tallinn, Estonia, 03.08.2012-03.08.2012. http://summerschool.tlu.ee/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/SS-programm-2012.pdf
Lucas S (2012) The peculiarities of fieldwork: Zumba, Coffee and Sweets (Presentation) Celebrating Research Day, University of Salford, Manchester, 07.12.2012-07.12.2012. https://prezi.com/uvqvutj-0-xs/the-peculiarities-of-research-coffee-sweets-zumba/
Lucas S (2012) To interpret or not to interpret: child language brokering in a social welfare context. University of Salford Postgraduate Research Conference SPARC 2012, Manchester, 30.05.2012-31.05.2012. http://www.salford.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/123426/SPARC12-Collated-Abstracts.pdf
Lucas S (2011) Getting the Balance Right: Developing a Cost Evaluation Tool for "Team around the Family" approaches in Wales. TiSSA 2011: 9th Conference of the International "Social Work Society" Academy (TiSSA): Politics of Identity - The Changing Face of Social Work, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic, 24.08.2011-26.08.2011. https://www.tissa.net/archive/7#tab_abstracts
Lucas S (2011) Respectful and Beneficial Research with Minority Groups (Presentation) [S.E (2011) ‘’, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, 60 Years of Sociology, London.]. British Sociological Society Annual Conference 2011 - 60 Years of Sociology, London, 06.04.2011-08.04.2011. http://content.yudu.com/Library/A1ri7h/BSAAnnualConference2/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.yudu.com%2Fitem%2Fdetails%2F306351%2FBSA-Annual-Conference-2011---Full-Programme