The Research Forum brings together researchers working on studies related to family placement, social work practices and improving the lives of children, young people and families throughout Scotland. The forum enables researchers to share information about their work and broader research developments, with the aim of promoting links between research teams and enhancing our collective knowledge and understanding of evidence-based policy and practices to ensure they are designed in ways which more effectively meet the needs of looked after children.
Members include researchers from Higher Education institutions such as Stirling, Strathclyde, Edinburgh, Dundee and Edinburgh Napier; relevant third sector organisations such as SCRA and CELCIS; and a range of independent researchers.
The Research Forum sits alongside and links into the work of AFKA’s other forums for social workers, panel chairs and legal and medical professionals to ensure everything AFKA does is rooted in research.
The Research Forum meets four times per year on MS Teams.