Dr Sian Lucas


Social Work Colin Bell Building, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Sian Lucas

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About me

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.

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The regulation of child language brokering in a social work context. 2nd International Conference on Non-Professional Interpreting and Translation


Children that interpret: a small tragedy in a larger social work space?. British Sociological Association Annual Conference


Child Interpreting in Social Work - perspectives from the UK. The University of Tallinn, Social Work Summer School


Child Language Brokering: Voice, Power, Representation. Children, Young People and Adults: Extending the Conversation


Multilingualism: social work perspectives. The South West Doctoral Social Work Research Day 2012


The peculiarities of fieldwork: Zumba, Coffee and Sweets. Celebrating Research Day, University of Salford


To interpret or not to interpret: child language brokering in a social welfare context. University of Salford Postgraduate Research Conference SPARC 2012


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


Respectful and Beneficial Research with Minority Groups. British Sociological Society Annual Conference 2011 - 60 Years of Sociology


Child Language Brokering in a Social Welfare Context. Child Language Brokering Group

Other Project

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.

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