Department of Education

Caroline Cresswell

Research Officer

Caroline is currently working on the Hazel Project examining specialist and therapeutic fostering for adolescents and exploring professionalisation in respect to these fostering relationships.

Caroline’s research focuses primarily on policy, services and professional practice relating to supporting young peoples’ transitions, the application of theories on childhood-youth transitions to enhance understanding of transitional journeys and vulnerability, the impact of trauma and family disruption upon the life course, and toward understanding the journeys of care-experienced young people.

Caroline’s PhD focused upon the transitional experiences of foster care-experienced youth in cities in England and within Melbourne, Australia. This study was supported through U21 partnership between the Universities of Birmingham and Melbourne and the award of an Australian government research fellowship. Caroline has applied experience in developing research methods that enable the participation and narrative storytelling of children and young people through sensory and arts-based visual methods. Caroline previously worked across DfE CSCIP evaluations – Break ‘Staying Close, Staying Connected’, The House Project 2, and Bradford B Positive Pathways. Here, she further developed her interests in service innovation for looked-after and edge of care young people, multi-agency therapeutically-informed practice and specialist forms of care.

Caroline has taught across Social Policy, Social Work and Sociology undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the Universities of Birmingham, Melbourne and Bath. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


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