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Dr Susan Kay-Flowers

Biography

My research interest is participatory research with young people. I am interested in giving 'voice' to children’s experiences with a particular focus on children and young people’s relationships. Using innovative, participatory research methods, my doctoral research focussed on young adults’ childhood experiences of separation and divorce providing new insights into the issues surrounding parental separation or divorce from the unique perspectives and retrospectives of young adults. The findings, published in my recent book - Kay-Flowers, S. (2019) 'Childhood Experiences of Separation and Divorce; Reflections from Young Adults', Policy Press, Bristol - informed the development of a new framework for understanding children’s accommodation of parental separation (Available at: https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/asset/7308/kay-flowers-appendix-six-in-colour.pdf) which can be used by practitioners to support their work with children and families. My future research will involve professional discussions with practitioners about how the framework can be used to support children, young people and parents experiencing parental separation.

This work builds on my earlier research in this area and previous work as a Family Court Advisor in the Family Courts and as an Advocate for Looked After Children. I have also worked in the Probation Service and am a Registered Social Worker.

I have worked as a Senior Lecturer in Education and Early Childhood Studies at Liverpool John Moores University since 2012, teaching across the Education and Early Childhood Studies undergraduate programmes. I am Programme Leader for the MA Education, Globalisation and Social Change programme, teaching on two of the modules and supervising Masters dissertations. I also supervise doctoral level students. If you are considering doing a PhD in one the above-mentioned areas, please contact me directly via email (S.J.Kay-Flowers@ljmu.ac.uk).

I have extensive international experience. Current projects involve collaborative research work with academic colleagues in Romanian and Nepali universities. These partnerships are long standing and have involved many knowledge exchange visits for staff and work based learning experiences for students. Findings from recent collaborative research in the area of sex and relationship education with Dr Cristina Faludi at Babes-Bolyai University have been presented at international conferences, used to inform policy development and a Special Issue of Social Work Review, (Revista de Asistenta Sociala) on Sexuality.

As Co-Ordinator of an Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP) on ‘Globalisation, Conflict and Learning Societies’ (Grant agreement reference number: 2013/IP/19/LIVERPO02-GLS), I led and delivered cross national learning experiences for staff and students from universities from four different countries. Roskilde University, Denmark, University of Eastern Finland, Tallinn University, Estonia and LJMU were partners in this programme and remain collaborative partners. I have been involved in creating and extending international experiences for students and staff through curriculum developments such as the MA programme and remain committed to this area of work.

Degrees

2015, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, PhD, Education
1993, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, MA, Women's Studies
1984, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, B.Soc.Sci. (Hons), Social Administration and Social Work

Academic appointments

Programme Leader, MA Education, Globalisation and Social Change, Liverpool John Moores University, 2016 - present
Senior Lecturer, Education and Early Childhood Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2012 - present
Programme Leader, Childhood and Youth Studies, Liverpool Hope University, 2005 - 2011
Senior Lecturer, Early Childhood Studies, Liverpool Hope University, 2002 - 2005

Postgraduate training

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE (part time), United Kingdom, University of Liverpool, 2004 - 2006

Publications

Highlighted publications

Kay-Flowers SJ. 2019. Childhood experiences of separation and divorce: reflections from young adults Policy Press. Bristol, England 978-1447338666

Kay-Flowers S. 2019. Here's what young people say helped them get through their parents' divorce >Link

Kay-Flowers S. 2014. Recalling childhood experiences of parental separation and divorce: An internet based phenomenology of young adult voices. Nutbrown C, Clough P. University of Sheffield

Kay-Flowers SJ. 2009. Promoting resilience and support for children and families experiencing parental separation in the early years (0-5 years): issues for practitioners Ilut P. The Single Parent Family in Romania and related phenomena (Familia monoparentala in Romania si fenomene conexe) :141-155 Presa Universitara Clujeana. Cluj Napoca, Romania 978-973-610-951-5

Kay-Flowers SJ. 2006. Where do very young children and their parents derive support during parental separation Family Court Journal, :29-35

Faludi C, Kay-Flowers S. Editorial for Special Edition of Social Work Review, Volume 4, 2017 Kay-Flowers SJ. Social Work Review/ Revista de Asistenta Sociala, 4 >Link

Book

Kay-Flowers SJ. 2019. Childhood experiences of separation and divorce: reflections from young adults Policy Press. Bristol, England 978-1447338666

Internet publication

Kay-Flowers S. 2019. Here's what young people say helped them get through their parents' divorce >Link

Thesis/Dissertation

Kay-Flowers S. 2014. Recalling childhood experiences of parental separation and divorce: An internet based phenomenology of young adult voices. Nutbrown C, Clough P. University of Sheffield

Kay-Flowers SJ. Recalling childhood experiences of parental separation and divorce: An internet based phenomenology of young adult voices. Nutbrown C, Clough P.

Kay-Flowers SJ. An exploration of the issues raised by young children who have experienced parental separation in the early years; a case study of five settings Campbell A.

Chapters

Kay-Flowers SJ, Hewitt D. 2009. Romania: developing a socio-educational project: opportunities for change Grandire, Cultura & Societate (Thought, Culture and Society) 1 :109-129 Eikon. Romania 978-973-757-244-8

Kay-Flowers SJ. 2009. Education and Social Care: an integrated approach? Gayton E, Bignold W. Global Issues and Comparative Education :94-108 Learning Matters. Exeter 978-1-84445-208-8

Kay-Flowers SJ. 2009. Promoting resilience and support for children and families experiencing parental separation in the early years (0-5 years): issues for practitioners Ilut P. The Single Parent Family in Romania and related phenomena (Familia monoparentala in Romania si fenomene conexe) :141-155 Presa Universitara Clujeana. Cluj Napoca, Romania 978-973-610-951-5

Journal article

Kay-Flowers SJ. 2006. Where do very young children and their parents derive support during parental separation Family Court Journal, :29-35

Book review

Kay-Flowers SJ. Farrell, A. (2005) Ethical Research with Children (Ed), Maidenhead, Open University Press Educational Action Research., 16 :579-586 >DOI

Editorial/letter to the editor

Faludi C, Kay-Flowers S. Editorial for Special Edition of Social Work Review, Volume 4, 2017 Kay-Flowers SJ. Social Work Review/ Revista de Asistenta Sociala, 4 >Link

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities

External committees:

Rainbows Evaluation, Research and Development Group, RainbowsGB, Co-Chair, http://www.rainbowsgb.org/contact-us

Rainbows Evaluation, Research and Development Group, RainbowsGB, Co-Chair, http://www.rainbowsgb.org/contact-us

Rainbows Evaluation, Research and Development Group, RainbowsGB, Co-Chair, http://www.rainbowsgb.org/contact-us

Media Coverage:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47860144#, 09.04.2019 - Interview with Radio City, Liverpool in response to proposed Divorce Law changes reported by BBC

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47860144#, 09.04.2019 - Interview with Radio City, Liverpool in response to proposed Divorce Law changes reported by BBC

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47860144#, 09.04.2019 - Interview with Radio City, Liverpool in response to proposed Divorce Law changes reported by BBC

Other invited event:

Giving 'voice' to young adults' childhood experience of parental separation; a framework for understanding, CERES Research Seminar, Liverpool John Moores University, Presentation of research findings and introduction of the framework created for understanding children's experience

Designing research with young people workshop, Kadambari Memorial College, Kathmandu, Nepal, Workshop on research methods delivered to Social Work Students. Exploration of how Nepali children experience parental separation and the issues it raises for them, their parents and schools

Giving 'voice' to young adults' childhood experience of parental separation; a framework for understanding, CERES Research Seminar, Liverpool John Moores University, Presentation of research findings and introduction of the framework created for understanding children's experience

Designing research with young people workshop, Kadambari Memorial College, Kathmandu, Nepal, Workshop on research methods delivered to Social Work Students. Exploration of how Nepali children experience parental separation and the issues it raises for them, their parents and schools

Giving 'voice' to young adults' childhood experience of parental separation; a framework for understanding, CERES Research Seminar, Liverpool John Moores University, Presentation of research findings and introduction of the framework created for understanding children's experience

Designing research with young people workshop, Kadambari Memorial College, Kathmandu, Nepal, Workshop on research methods delivered to Social Work Students. Exploration of how Nepali children experience parental separation and the issues it raises for them, their parents and schools

Professional activities

Conference presentation:

Giving 'voice' to young adults' childhood experience of parental separation; a framework for understanding, Centre for Educational Research (CERES), Research Seminar, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation 18/04/2018

Giving 'voice' to young adults' childhood experience of parental separation; a framework for understanding, Centre for Educational Research (CERES), Research Seminar, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation 18/04/2018

Giving 'voice' to young adults' childhood experience of parental separation; a framework for understanding, Centre for Educational Research (CERES), Research Seminar, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation 18/04/2018

Young adults' views on the role of family in shaping sex and relationship education in schools: a comparative study between UK and Romania - with Cristina Faludi, Individual, family, society - contemporary challenges - International Conference, Anthropology Institute of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania, Oral presentation 04/10/2017

Young adults' views on the role of family in shaping sex and relationship education in schools: a comparative study between UK and Romania - with Cristina Faludi, Individual, family, society - contemporary challenges - International Conference, Anthropology Institute of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania, Oral presentation 04/10/2017

Young adults' views on the role of family in shaping sex and relationship education in schools: a comparative study between UK and Romania - with Cristina Faludi, Individual, family, society - contemporary challenges - International Conference, Anthropology Institute of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania, Oral presentation 04/10/2017

Sex and relationship education in schools: young adults' views on their experience and suggestions for change, Interdisciplinary Conference on Childhood and Youth, Bangor University, Wales, Oral presentation 28/06/2017

Creating a bricolage: working with young people to design a research study giving voice to young adults' experiences of parental separation, Interdisciplinary Conference on Childhood and Youth, Bangor University, Wales, Oral presentation 28/06/2017

Sex and relationship education in schools: young adults' views on their experience and suggestions for change, Interdisciplinary Conference on Childhood and Youth, Bangor University, Wales, Oral presentation 28/06/2017

Creating a bricolage: working with young people to design a research study giving voice to young adults' experiences of parental separation, Interdisciplinary Conference on Childhood and Youth, Bangor University, Wales, Oral presentation 28/06/2017

Sex and relationship education in schools: young adults' views on their experience and suggestions for change, Interdisciplinary Conference on Childhood and Youth, Bangor University, Wales, Oral presentation 28/06/2017

Creating a bricolage: working with young people to design a research study giving voice to young adults' experiences of parental separation, Interdisciplinary Conference on Childhood and Youth, Bangor University, Wales, Oral presentation 28/06/2017

Young adults' attitudes towards sex and relationship education in UK and Romania: implications for educational practice - with Cristina Faludi, International Youth Participation Conference, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Oral presentation 25/05/2017

Young adults' attitudes towards sex and relationship education in UK and Romania: implications for educational practice - with Cristina Faludi, International Youth Participation Conference, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Oral presentation 25/05/2017

Young adults' attitudes towards sex and relationship education in UK and Romania: implications for educational practice - with Cristina Faludi, International Youth Participation Conference, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Oral presentation 25/05/2017

Young adults' attitudes towards Sex and Relationship education in the UK and Romania: implications for educational practice, School of Education Research Seminar, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation 15/03/2017

Young adults' attitudes towards Sex and Relationship education in the UK and Romania: implications for educational practice, School of Education Research Seminar, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation 15/03/2017

Young adults' attitudes towards Sex and Relationship education in the UK and Romania: implications for educational practice, School of Education Research Seminar, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation 15/03/2017

Children's experience of parental conflict during parental separation and its influence on accommodating post-separation changes, Children and Young People in a Changing World, Liverpool Hope University, Oral presentation 23/06/2016

An exploration of attitudes towards sex and relationship education in UK and Romania: implications for educational practice, Children and Young People in a Changing World, Liverpool Hope University, Oral presentation 23/06/2016

Children's experience of parental conflict during parental separation and its influence on accommodating post-separation changes, Children and Young People in a Changing World, Liverpool Hope University, Oral presentation 23/06/2016

An exploration of attitudes towards sex and relationship education in UK and Romania: implications for educational practice, Children and Young People in a Changing World, Liverpool Hope University, Oral presentation 23/06/2016

Children's experience of parental conflict during parental separation and its influence on accommodating post-separation changes, Children and Young People in a Changing World, Liverpool Hope University, Oral presentation 23/06/2016

An exploration of attitudes towards sex and relationship education in UK and Romania: implications for educational practice, Children and Young People in a Changing World, Liverpool Hope University, Oral presentation 23/06/2016

Recalling childhood experiences of parental separation and divorce: key themes from a study of young adult voices, Faculty of Education, Health and Community Annual Research Conference, Britannia Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, Oral presentation 24/06/2015

Recalling childhood experiences of parental separation and divorce: key themes from a study of young adult voices, Faculty of Education, Health and Community Annual Research Conference, Britannia Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, Oral presentation 24/06/2015

Recalling childhood experiences of parental separation and divorce: key themes from a study of young adult voices, Faculty of Education, Health and Community Annual Research Conference, Britannia Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, Oral presentation 24/06/2015

"'Oh that's easy 'cos my Mum and Dad are separated" - an everyday experience', Researching children's everyday lives: socio-cultural contexts, 5th International Conference, Centre for Study of Childhood and Youth, University of Sheffield, Oral presentation 01/07/2014

"'Oh that's easy 'cos my Mum and Dad are separated" - an everyday experience', Researching children's everyday lives: socio-cultural contexts, 5th International Conference, Centre for Study of Childhood and Youth, University of Sheffield, Oral presentation 01/07/2014

"'Oh that's easy 'cos my Mum and Dad are separated" - an everyday experience', Researching children's everyday lives: socio-cultural contexts, 5th International Conference, Centre for Study of Childhood and Youth, University of Sheffield, Oral presentation 01/07/2014

Conference organisation:

International Conference on 'Individual, family, society - contemporary challenges' - Anthropology Institute of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Member of the Scientific Committee

International Conference on 'Individual, family, society - contemporary challenges' - Anthropology Institute of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Member of the Scientific Committee

International Conference on 'Individual, family, society - contemporary challenges' - Anthropology Institute of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Member of the Scientific Committee

External collaboration:

Roskilde University, Denmark; Tallinn University, Estonia; University of Eastern Finland, Liverpool John Moores University, Co-ordinator of Erasmus Intensive programme - Erasmus IP ‘Globalisation, Conflict and Learning Societies’ (Grant agreement reference number: 2013/IP/19/LIVERPO02 –GCLS). Delivered at Liverpool John Moores University, April 2014

Network of schools in Nepal including National Babylon School and Nobel Academy School in Kathmandu, Headteachers and Directors at the schools

Social Work Dept, Kadambari Memorial College, Kathmandu, Nepal, Pradipta Kadambari

Roskilde University, Denmark; Tallinn University, Estonia; University of Eastern Finland, Liverpool John Moores University, Co-ordinator of Erasmus Intensive programme - Erasmus IP ‘Globalisation, Conflict and Learning Societies’ (Grant agreement reference number: 2013/IP/19/LIVERPO02 –GCLS). Delivered at Liverpool John Moores University, April 2014

Network of schools in Nepal including National Babylon School and Nobel Academy School in Kathmandu, Headteachers and Directors at the schools

Social Work Dept, Kadambari Memorial College, Kathmandu, Nepal, Pradipta Kadambari

Roskilde University, Denmark; Tallinn University, Estonia; University of Eastern Finland, Liverpool John Moores University, Co-ordinator of Erasmus Intensive programme - Erasmus IP ‘Globalisation, Conflict and Learning Societies’ (Grant agreement reference number: 2013/IP/19/LIVERPO02 –GCLS). Delivered at Liverpool John Moores University, April 2014

Network of schools in Nepal including National Babylon School and Nobel Academy School in Kathmandu, Headteachers and Directors at the schools

Social Work Dept, Kadambari Memorial College, Kathmandu, Nepal, Pradipta Kadambari

External committees:

Rainbows Trustees, Rainbows GB - a national charitable organisation that supports children and young people through loss and grief, Trustee

Rainbows Evaluation, Research and Development Group, RainbowsGB, Co-Chair, http://www.rainbowsgb.org/contact-us

Rainbows Trustees, Rainbows GB - a national charitable organisation that supports children and young people through loss and grief, Trustee

Rainbows Evaluation, Research and Development Group, RainbowsGB, Co-Chair, http://www.rainbowsgb.org/contact-us

Rainbows Trustees, Rainbows GB - a national charitable organisation that supports children and young people through loss and grief, Trustee

Rainbows Evaluation, Research and Development Group, RainbowsGB, Co-Chair, http://www.rainbowsgb.org/contact-us

Fellowships:

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Media Coverage:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47860144#, 09.04.2019 - Interview with Radio City, Liverpool in response to proposed Divorce Law changes reported by BBC

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47860144#, 09.04.2019 - Interview with Radio City, Liverpool in response to proposed Divorce Law changes reported by BBC

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47860144#, 09.04.2019 - Interview with Radio City, Liverpool in response to proposed Divorce Law changes reported by BBC

Membership of professional bodies:

Registered Social Worker, Health and Care Professions Council

Registered Social Worker, Health and Care Professions Council

Registered Social Worker, Health and Care Professions Council

Other invited event:

Giving 'voice' to young adults' childhood experience of parental separation; a framework for understanding, CERES Research Seminar, Liverpool John Moores University, Presentation of research findings and introduction of the framework created for understanding children's experience

Designing research with young people workshop, Kadambari Memorial College, Kathmandu, Nepal, Workshop on research methods delivered to Social Work Students. Exploration of how Nepali children experience parental separation and the issues it raises for them, their parents and schools

Giving 'voice' to young adults' childhood experience of parental separation; a framework for understanding, CERES Research Seminar, Liverpool John Moores University, Presentation of research findings and introduction of the framework created for understanding children's experience

Designing research with young people workshop, Kadambari Memorial College, Kathmandu, Nepal, Workshop on research methods delivered to Social Work Students. Exploration of how Nepali children experience parental separation and the issues it raises for them, their parents and schools

Giving 'voice' to young adults' childhood experience of parental separation; a framework for understanding, CERES Research Seminar, Liverpool John Moores University, Presentation of research findings and introduction of the framework created for understanding children's experience

Designing research with young people workshop, Kadambari Memorial College, Kathmandu, Nepal, Workshop on research methods delivered to Social Work Students. Exploration of how Nepali children experience parental separation and the issues it raises for them, their parents and schools

Other Professional Activity:

'Working with children up to the age of 11' workshop for 2nd year undergraduate Social Work students. Erasmus Teacher Mobility to Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania - May 2017

'Working with young people to design a research study' workshop for Masters Social Work students. Erasmus Teacher Mobility to Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

'Researching Children, Young People and Relationships' Pecha Kucha at Centre for Educational Research (CERES) Knowledge Exchange event on 24.05.18

Contribution to DfE Consultation on 'Changes to teaching of sex and relationship education and PSHE' - February 2018

'Working with children up to the age of 11' workshop for 2nd year undergraduate Social Work students. Erasmus Teacher Mobility to Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania - May 2017

'Working with young people to design a research study' workshop for Masters Social Work students. Erasmus Teacher Mobility to Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

'Researching Children, Young People and Relationships' Pecha Kucha at Centre for Educational Research (CERES) Knowledge Exchange event on 24.05.18

Contribution to DfE Consultation on 'Changes to teaching of sex and relationship education and PSHE' - February 2018

'Working with children up to the age of 11' workshop for 2nd year undergraduate Social Work students. Erasmus Teacher Mobility to Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania - May 2017

'Working with young people to design a research study' workshop for Masters Social Work students. Erasmus Teacher Mobility to Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

'Researching Children, Young People and Relationships' Pecha Kucha at Centre for Educational Research (CERES) Knowledge Exchange event on 24.05.18

Contribution to DfE Consultation on 'Changes to teaching of sex and relationship education and PSHE' - February 2018