Helen joined the Rees Centre in February 2018, after working at the Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University for over four years. Helen is currently working on the evaluation for the Alex Timpson Attachment and Trauma Programme in Schools, the Department for Education Innovation Programme Mockingbird Family Model Evaluation, and the Australian Open Adoptions Outcomes Study for Barnardos Australia with Professor Harriet Ward.
Helen has particular skills and expertise in children in care, social care processes, and local authority children’s services, and understanding the link between children’s needs, costs and outcomes. She is an integral member of the Cost Calculator for Children’s Services (CCfCS) team, with detailed knowledge of the CCfCS tool itself, bottom-up costing methodology used to develop the unit costs for looked after children social care processes, and skilled in time-use data collection techniques. Helen also has an interest in mental health and well-being of children and young people including the impact, outcomes and costs of services in this area.