Dr Lisa Holmes

Lisa Holmes is Director of the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education.

I gained a First Class Joint Honours degree in Psychology and Criminology at the University of Lincoln and went on to complete a PhD within the Department of Social Science, Loughborough University.

Prior to joining the Rees Centre I was the Director of the Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University and was involved in the research centre’s formation in 2001. Over the past seventeen years I have undertaken a range of research projects and evaluations to inform child welfare policy and practice.

I have also carried out a number of responsive studies for various government departments, including the Department for Education and Ministry of Justice. These responsive studies were carried out to address specific policy issues. In 2005 I was seconded into the English government department for Children, Schools and Families to disseminate research findings and produce a practice guide and resource pack to assist children’s services department with the strategic development and planning of services. I have published a range of books, journal articles and project reports.

Throughout my research career I have actively disseminated my research with a particular focus on ensuring impact and knowledge transfer across children’s social care policy and practice. I have presented papers at numerous national and international conferences, seminars and workshops.

I would welcome informal contacts from prospective doctoral students interested in the following topics:

  • Foster care
  • Children’s residential care
  • Child protection and safeguarding
  • International comparisons of child welfare systems
  • Child welfare time use and the impact on decision making
  • Cost effectiveness of child welfare interventions

Research

My research interests encompass all aspects of the child welfare system, these include: child and family outcomes; staff and organisational outcomes; cost effectiveness of interventions and analyses of time use and decision making within child welfare systems.

My research interests are embedded in my early career experiences of working in a local authority children’s home in the early 1990s, during the period that the Children Act (1989) was being implemented. My interest in children’s residential care has continued and I am a founding member and co-chair (with Professor James Whittaker and Professor Jorge F del Valle) of the International Work Group on Therapeutic Residential Care.

My PhD focused on the relationship between needs, costs and outcomes of services provided to vulnerable children and their families, with a focus on developing methods to capture time use data from child welfare practitioners.

My current work includes a range of evaluations of new programmes being introduced in to child welfare systems and I am currently involved (in partnership with colleagues from Chapin Hall, the University of Chicago) in the exploration of time use in a series of Title IV e Waiver evaluations in the US.

Books

  • Whittaker, JK, del Valle, JF, Holmes, L. (Eds.) (2014) Therapeutic residential care for children and youth developing evidence-based international practice. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Holmes, L, McDermid, S (2012) Understanding Costs and Outcomes in Child Welfare Services A Comprehensive Costing Approach to Managing Your Resources. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Soper, J, Ward, H, Holmes, L, Olsen, R (2008) Costs and Consequences of Placing Children in Care. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Book chapters

  • Holmes, L (2014) “Estimating unit costs for therapeutic residential care”, In: L Holmes, J Whittaker, J Del Valle (eds.) Therapeutic residential care with children and youth: Developing evidence-based international practice. Jessica Kinglsey Publishers.

  • Holmes, L, Ward, H (2006) “Costs and outcomes for looked after children”, In: J Barber, P Dudding, R Flynn (eds.) Promoting resilient development in children receiving care. Ottawa, Canada: University of Ottawa Press.

Journal articles

  • Lushey, C, Holmes, L, McDermid, S (2018) “Normalizing post adoption support for all”, Child & Family Social Work. 23(2) 137-145.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12391

  • Whittaker, JK, Holmes, L, del Valle, JF, Ainsworth, F, Andreassen, T, Anglin, J, Bellonci, C, Berridge, D, Bravo, A, Canali, C, Courtney, M, Currey, L, Daly, D, Gilligan, R, Grietens, H, Harder, A, Holden, M, James, S, Kendrick, A, Knorth, E, Lausten, M, Lyons, J, Martin, E, McDermid, S, McNamara, P, Palareti, L, Ramsey, S, Sisson, K, Small, R, Thoburn, J, Thompson, R, Zeira, A (2016) “Therapeutic Residential Care for Children and Youth: A Consensus Statement of the International Work Group on Therapeutic Residential Care*”, Residential Treatment for Children & Youth. 33(2) 89-106.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/0886571X.2016.1215755

  • Holmes, L, Whittaker, JK, del Valle, JF, Ainsworth, F, Andreassen, T, Anglin, J, Bellonci, C, Berridge, D, Bravo, A, Canali, C, Courtney, ME, Currey, L, Daly, DL, Gilligan, R, Grietens, H, Harder, AT, Holden, MJ, James, S, Kendrick, A, Knorth, EJ, Lausten, M, Lyons, JS, Martín, E, McDermid, S, McNamara, P, Palareti, L, Ramsey, S, Sisson, KM, Small, RW, Thoburn, J, Thompson, RW, Zeira, A (2016) “Therapeutische residentiële hulp voor kinderen en jongeren: Een consensusverklaring van de Internationale Werkgroep Therapeutische Residentiële Zorg”, Orthopedagogiek: Onderzoek en Praktijk. 55(11/12) 268-286.

  • Holmes, L, McDermid, S (2016) “The Common Assessment Framework: the impact of the lead professional on families and professionals as part of a continuum of care in England”, CHILD & FAMILY SOCIAL WORK. 21(4) 530-538.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12174

  • Holmes, L, Landsverk, J, Ward, H, Rolls-Reutz, J, Saldana, L, Wulczyn, F, Chamberlain, P (2014) “Cost calculator methods for estimating casework time in child welfare services: A promising approach for use in implementation of evidence-based practices and other service innovations.”, Children and youth services review. 39 169-176.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.10.003

  • Holmes, L, McDermid, S (2013) “How social workers spend their time in frontline children's social care in England”, Journal of Children's Services. 8(2) 123-133.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1108/JCS-03-2013-0005

  • Holmes, L, Ward, H, McDermid, S (2012) “Calculating and comparing the costs of multidimensional treatment foster care in English local authorities”, CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW. 34(11) 2141-2146.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.07.010

  • Chamberlain, P, Snowden, LR, Padgett, C, Saldana, L, Roles, J, Holmes, L, Ward, H, Soper, J, Reid, J, Landsverk, J (2011) “A strategy for assessing costs of implementing new practices in the child welfare system: adapting the English cost calculator in the United States.”, Administration and policy in mental health. 38(1) 24-31.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-010-0318-8

  • Ward, H, Holmes, L (2008) “Calculating the costs of local authority care for children with contrasting needs”, CHILD & FAMILY SOCIAL WORK. 13(1) 80-90.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2007.00517.x

  • Soper, J, Holmes, L, D'souza, E (2007) “Measuring government output: issues for Children's Social Care Services”, Economic & Labour Market Review. 1(8) 40-47.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.elmr.1410124

  • Munro, ER (2005) “Researching Vulnerable Groups: Ethical Issues and the Effective Conduct of Research in Local Authorities”, British Journal of Social Work. 35(7) 1023-1038.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch220

Reports

  • Holmes, L, Lushey, C, Hyde-Dryden, G, Blackmore, J (2017) Evaluation of the No Wrong Door Innovation Programme. Department for Education.

  • Holmes, L, Thomas, C, Hyde-Dryden, G, Williams, A (2017) “Firstline evaluation report”, In: Firstline evaluation report. Department for Education.

  • Holmes, L, Berridge, D, Wood, M, Mollidor, C, Knibbs, S, Bierman, R (2016) “RESuLT training: Evaluation report”, In: RESuLT training: Evaluation report. Department for Education.

  • McDermid, S, Baker, C, Lawson, D, Holmes, L (2016) “The evaluation of the Mockingbird Family Model: Final evaluation report”, In: The evaluation of the Mockingbird Family Model: Final evaluation report. Department for Education.

  • Holmes, L, McDermid, S, Ghate, D, Trivedi, H, Blackmore, J, Baker, C (2016) The evaluation of Head, Heart, Hands: Introducing social pedagogy into UK foster care: Final synthesis report. Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University.

  • Holmes, L, La Valle, I, Gill, C, Brown, R, Hart, D, Barnard, M (2016) “Improving children’s social care services: Results of a feasibility study”, In: Improving children’s social care services: Results of a feasibility study. London, England: CAMHS Press.

  • Holmes, L, Hart, D, La Valle, I (2015) The place of residential care in the English child welfare system: Research report. Department for Education.

  • Holmes, L, Hyde-Dryden, G, Gibb, J, Lea, L, Buckley, E, Wallace, E, Lushey, C, Lawson, D (2015) Improving practice in respect of children who return home from care: Research report. Department for Education.

  • Holmes, L, Hyde-Dryden, G, Lawson, D, Blackmore, J (2015) Taking care: Practice framework for reunification. Evaluation report. Loughborough, England: Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University.

  • Holmes, L, McDermid, S, Trivedi, H (2015) Informing debates about the sustainability of the Head, Heart, Hands programme: Report to the Fostering Network. Loughborough, England: Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University.

  • Holmes, L, McDermid, S, Trivedi, H, Blackmore, J (2015) Developing the art of social pedagogy: The views and experiences of foster carers and the children and young people of Head, Heart, Hands: The second year. Loughborough, England: Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University.

  • Holmes, L (2014) Supporting children and families returning home from care: Counting the costs Calculating the costs of family reunification. NSPCC.

  • Holmes, L, Trivedi, H, McDermid, S (2014) Constructing social pedagogic practice in the everyday: The emerging views and experiences of foster carers and the children and young people they care for: Report to the Fostering Network. Loughborough, England: Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University.

  • Holmes, L, Bonin, E-M, Lushey, C, Blackmore, J, Beecham, J (2013) Supporting adoption and supporting families that adopt: Value for money. London: Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre.

  • Holmes, L, McDermid, S, Lushey, C (2013) Post adoption support: A rapid response survey of local authorities in England. London: Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre.

  • Holmes, L, McDermid, S, Kirton, D, Signoretta, P (2012) The demographic characteristics of foster carers in the UK: Motivations, barriers and messages for recruitment and retention. London: Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre.

  • Holmes, L, McDermid, S, Padley, M, Soper, J (2012) Exploration of the costs and impact of the Common Assessment Framework. London, England: Department for Education.

  • Holmes, L, Munro, ER, Soper, J (2010) Calculating the cost and capacity implications for local authorities implementing the Laming (2009) recommendations. Loughborough, England: Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University.

  • Holmes, L, Soper, J (2010) Update to The Cost of Foster Care. London: The Fostering Network.

  • Holmes, L, McDermid, S, Sempik, J (2010) The costs of short break provision. London: Department for Children, Schools and Families.

  • Holmes, L, McDermid, S, Jones, A, Ward, H (2009) How social workers spend their time: An analysis of the key issues that impact on practice pre- and post implementation of the integrated children’s system. London: Department for Children, Schools and Families.

  • Holmes, L, Ward, H, Gatehouse, M (2008) Developing definitions of local authority services and guidance for future development of the Children in Need Census. London: Department for Children, Schools and Families.

  • Holmes, L, Ward, H, Moyers, S, Munro, E, Poursanidou, D (2004) Safeguarding children: A scoping study of research in three areas. Loughborough, England: Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University.

Category

  • Department staff

Position

  • Director of the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education
  • Senior Researcher

Research groups

  • Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education

Publications, books and other work