Helen joined the Rees Centre as a researcher in February 2018, to work on the Alex Timpson Attachment and Trauma Programme in Schools.
Helen, previously a researcher at the Centre for Child and Family Research since 2013, is currently working on the evaluation for the Alex Timpson Programme (2017-2022), and a Hadley Trust funded project to highlight good practice in local authorities working with schools to develop attachment and trauma informed practice (2021-2022). Other projects also include an exploratory study into the inclusion of attachment and trauma awareness in PGCEs (2021), the Mockingbird Family Model Evaluation in foster care (2019), and the Australian Open Adoptions Outcomes Study, for Barnardos Australia, with Professor Harriet Ward. Helen is a co-author of the recently published open access book “Outcomes of Open Adoption from Care: An Australian Contribution to an International Debate”, available to download here.
Helen has also been an integral member of the Cost Calculator for Children’s Services (CCfCS) team with Professor Lisa Holmes, at Sussex University. Helen’s detailed knowledge of the CCfCS tool itself, the bottom-up costing methodology used to develop unit costs for social care processes, and skills in time-use data collection techniques has enhanced her expertise has a social care researcher. In particular, understanding the link between children’s needs, costs and outcomes.
Helen is interested in relational approaches in education and social care, including: how education systems and settings support pupils who have experienced attachment and trauma issues, particularly those who are care experienced; the resources and training available to education, and social care staff to take on supportive roles; the protective factors that education settings provide to vulnerable pupils; and the impact of effective support through the life course of care experienced people.
In 2020 Helen started her DPhil in the Department of Education, part-time and continues to work as a researcher at the Rees Centre. Her doctorate will explore how pupils, who have experienced abuse and neglect, develop and describe trusting positive relationships with school staff.
Ward, H., Tregagle, S., Moggach, L., & Trivedi, H. (2021) Outcomes of Open Adoption from Care: An Australian Contribution to an International Debate. London: Palgrave Macmillan/Springer. Available to download here: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-76429-6
McDermid, S., Trivedi, H., Holmes, L., & Boddy, J. (2021). Foster carers’ receptiveness to new innovations and programmes: An example from the introduction of social pedagogy to UK foster care. The British Journal of Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcab152
Tregeagle, S., Moggach, L., Trivedi, H., & Ward, H. (2019). Previous life experiences and the vulnerability of children adopted from out-of-home care: The impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences and child welfare decision making. Children and Youth Services Review, 96, 55-63. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.11.028