Dr Susan Kay-Flowers

School of Education

I have worked as a Senior Lecturer in Education and Early Childhood Studies at Liverpool John Moores University since 2012, teaching on the Education and Early Childhood Studies undergraduate programmes and on Masters programmes, supervising Masters dissertations and doctoral level students.

My research interests are participatory research with children and young people, particularly giving 'voice' to children’s experiences. My current projects include:
- researching the experiences of separated children in Nepal, focusing on their educational and emotional wellbeing. A collaborative research project undertaken with the Social Work Department, Kadambari Memorial College, Kathmandu, Nepal.
- investigating the place of children in research in collaboration with Prof Sam Frankel, Dr Judith Enriquez and Dr Anne Marie Smith

My doctoral research focussing on young adults’ childhood experiences of separation and divorce, provided new insights from the unique perspectives and retrospectives of young adults. These were shared in the book 'Childhood Experiences of Separation and Divorce; Reflections from Young Adults' published by Policy Press and led to development of the 'Framework for understanding children’s accommodation of parental separation' which can be downloaded for free from the link under the 'Publications' section. The framework can be used by practitioners to support their work with children and families and by parents to inform and guide their decision-making.

I have extensive international experience. Current projects involve collaborative research work with academic colleagues in Romanian and Nepali universities. These partnerships involve knowledge exchange visits for staff, work based learning experiences for students and research. As Co-Ordinator, I led delivery of an Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP) on ‘Globalisation, Conflict and Learning Societies’ (Grant agreement reference number: 2013/IP/19/LIVERPO02-GLS) for staff and students from: Roskilde University, Denmark; University of Eastern Finland; Tallinn University, Estonia and Liverpool John Moores University. I have been involved in creating and extending international experiences for students and staff through curriculum developments and work placements 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

Certifications

1984, Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work, Certificate of Qualification in Social Work

Academic appointments

Programme Leader for MA Leadership in Education, MA Inclusion, SEN and Disability and Advanced Education Practice programmes, Liverpool John Moores University, 2019 - 2022
Programme Leader, MA Education, Globalisation and Social Change, Liverpool John Moores University, 2016 - 2020
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

Highlighted publications

Kay‐Flowers S, Lama N, Kadambari P. 2023. Exploring separated children's experience of migration in Nepal Children & Society, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Kay-Flowers S, Kadambari P, Lama N. 2022. Experiences of separated children in Nepal Experiences of separated children in Nepal Public Url

Kay-Flowers S. 2019. Here's what young people say helped them get through their parents' divorce, The Conversation Author Url

Kay-Flowers S. 2019. Framework for understanding children's accommodation of parental separation Author Url

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

Kay-Flowers S. Co-Production in Creative Design to Amplify Childhood Voices of Parental Separation Frankel S. Establishing Child Centred Practice in a Changing World, Part B :121-121 Emerald Publishing Limited DOI Publisher Url

Journal article

Kay‐Flowers S, Lama N, Kadambari P. 2023. Exploring separated children's experience of migration in Nepal Children & Society, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Kay-Flowers S. 2022. Understanding 'home' in Covid times - exploring children's experiences of family relationships in the context of 'intensity of togetherness' and the 'isolation of being apart' Social Work Review, 3 Publisher Url

Kay-Flowers S. 2020. Moving between home and school, the experiences of children of separated parents; discussions with educational professionals Pastoral Care in Education: An International Journal of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, 39 :292-311 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Report

Kay-Flowers S, Kadambari P, Lama N. 2022. Experiences of separated children in Nepal Experiences of separated children in Nepal Public Url

Internet publication

Kay-Flowers S. 2020. How to handle the next lockdown and Christmas some tips for recently separated parents, The Conversation, 05.11.20 Author Url

Kay-Flowers S. 2020. Kay-Flowers, S (2020) Children of separated parents: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Transforming Society blog, 29.09.20. Publisher Url

Kay-Flowers S. 2019. Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) Blog: Understanding children’s ‘accommodation’ of parental separation and divorce Author Url

Kay-Flowers S. 2019. Here's what young people say helped them get through their parents' divorce, The Conversation Author Url

Conference publication

Kay-Flowers S, Faludi C. 2019. Recent trends in the public discourse regarding the sex and relationship education (SRE) in schools from a comparative perspective: The case of UK and Romania "Individual, Family, Society - Contemporary Challenges" :33-33 Publisher Url

Kay-Flowers S. Giving 'voice' to childhood experiences of separation and divorce: introducing a framework to support practitioners working with children and families "Individual, Family, Society - Contemporary Challenges" :32-32 Publisher Url

Kay-Flowers S. 'The right to an education' - the case of children separated from their parents in Nepal Author Url

Artefact

Kay-Flowers S. 2019. Framework for understanding children's accommodation of parental separation Author Url

Books (authored)

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

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

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 Author Url

Chapters

Kay-Flowers S. Co-Production in Creative Design to Amplify Childhood Voices of Parental Separation Frankel S. Establishing Child Centred Practice in a Changing World, Part B :121-121 Emerald Publishing Limited DOI Publisher Url

Highlighted activities

Other invited event:

Children’s rights: Social work approaches to experiences of parental separation workshop, Kadambari Memorial College, Kathmandu, Nepal, Workshop for invited practitioners, policy makers and social work students. 2020

Childhood experiences of parental separation and divorce workshop, University of Northampton, Workshop for level 6 students studying the Transitions for Children, Young People and Families module at University of Northampton. 2019

Understanding children's accommodation of parental separation and divorce, University of Edinburgh, Joint seminar between Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) and Childhood & Youth Studies Research group, Moray House School of Education and Sport (MHSE). 2019

Childhood Experiences of Separation and Divorce, Hindsley Hall, Leeds, Rainbows Registered Directors CPD Conference. 2019

Parental separation and supporting children workshop, St Nicholas RC Primary School, Liverpool, Workshop with full staff team. 2019

Parental separation and supporting children presentation, National Babylon School, Kathmandu, Nepal, Presentation delivered to to senior staff. 2019

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. 2019

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. 2018

Conference presentation:

Creating a bricolage with young people to research childhood experiences of separation and divorce: challenges, rewards and outcomes, Collaboration, Creativity and Complexities; Developing networks and practices of co-production with children and young people, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oral presentation. 2019

External committees:

Rainbows Evaluation, Research and Development Group, RainbowsGB, Chair, http://www.rainbowsgb.org/contact-us. 2018

Media Coverage:

09.04.2019 - Interview with Radio City, Liverpool in response to proposed Divorce Law changes reported by BBC .

Professional activities

Research Grants Awarded:

CERES Research Fund 2023-24, Investigating the place of children in research project, Grant value (£): £1,480. 2023

LJMU QR Research Fund, Exploring the experiences of children facing parental separation in Kathmandu: through practitioner’s lenses, Grant value (£): 2,000. 2021

Conference presentation:

'The right to an education' - the case of children separated from their parents in Nepal, 5th International Conference Individual, Family, Society - Contemporary Challenges, Online - Institute of Anthropology, Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania, Oral presentation. 2023

Lead presenter in, Experiences of separated children in Nepal webinar, online, Oral presentation. 2022

Working with young people to design a research study to understand how children 'accommodate' parental separation, European Conference for Social Work Research (ECSWR), Virtual, Oral presentation. 2021

Understanding children's accommodation of parental separation and divorce; a framework for practitioners working with chidlren and families, When a parent is incarcerated: International Perspectives On A Child's Journey, INCCIP Conference, University of Huddersfield, Oral presentation. 2019

Creating a bricolage with young people to research childhood experiences of separation and divorce: challenges, rewards and outcomes, Collaboration, Creativity and Complexities; Developing networks and practices of co-production with children and young people, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oral presentation. 2019

Mental Health and Young People in England: issues for educational practitoners, Psychosocial Research and Interventions in Contemporary Society - Youth Participation Conference, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Oral presentation. 2019

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 2017

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. 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. 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. 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. 2014

External PGR Supervision - completed students:

Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Masters in Special Educational Needs and English, Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Parental Separation and Divorce of Pupils: A Systematic Review. 2022

Other Professional Activity:

Research cited in Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (2021) Children's experience of private law proceedings: Six key messages from research. 2021

My research cited in Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (2021) Children's experience of private law proceedings: Six key messages from research. Available at https://www.nuffieldfjo.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Childrens-experience-of-private-law-proceedings.pdf. 2021

Collaborative research study: ethics workshop delivered to the research team at Kadambari Memorial College, Kathmandu, Nepal. 2021

M.Phil/PhD transfer examination - The efficacy of a peer mentoring scheme in supporting the first year undergraduate experience.. 2019

M.Phil/PhD transfer examination - A qualitative exploration on the impact of maternal imprisonment on their dependent children in Nepal, LJMU.. 2019

Exploring practitioners' use of the 'Framework for understanding children's accommodation of parental separation' (Kay-Flowers, 2019) in their work with children and families - research study. 2019

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

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

'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.

Other invited event:

Understanding 'home' in Covid times - exploring children's experiences of family relationships, CERES seminar, Online, Exploring children's experiences of 'home' and family relationships during Covid times framed within a consideration of the 'intensity of togetherness' and the 'isolation of being apart' and drawing insights from the 'framework for understanding children's accommodation of parental separation' (Kay-Flowers, 2019) to understand children's experiences.. 2021

Interview at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore with two students researching young people's experience of divorce, Online, Interviewed by two undergraduate students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore as part of their research into young people’s experience of divorce. Their aim was to interview young people and experts in the field. They contacted me following my publications in The Conversation.. 2021

Children’s rights: Social work approaches to experiences of parental separation workshop, Kadambari Memorial College, Kathmandu, Nepal, Workshop for invited practitioners, policy makers and social work students. 2020

Childhood experiences of parental separation and divorce workshop, University of Northampton, Workshop for level 6 students studying the Transitions for Children, Young People and Families module at University of Northampton. 2019

Understanding children's accommodation of parental separation and divorce, University of Edinburgh, Joint seminar between Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) and Childhood & Youth Studies Research group, Moray House School of Education and Sport (MHSE). 2019

Childhood Experiences of Separation and Divorce, Hindsley Hall, Leeds, Rainbows Registered Directors CPD Conference. 2019

Framework for understanding children's accommodation of parental separation presentation, APSS, Sociology and School of Education, Liverpool John Moores University, A Sharing Dialogue on Prisoner's Children with Ms Indira Ranamagar, Prisoners Assistance, Nepal. 2019

Working and Researching with Children and Young People workshop, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Practical session on ways of working with young people and engaging them in research delivered to 2nd year Social Work students. 2019

Parental separation and supporting children workshop, St Nicholas RC Primary School, Liverpool, Workshop with full staff team. 2019

Social Sciences Co-Design Event, Liverpool Hope University, External Advisor. 2019

Parental separation and supporting children presentation, National Babylon School, Kathmandu, Nepal, Presentation delivered to to senior staff. 2019

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. 2019

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. 2018

Membership of professional bodies:

Registered Social Worker, Social Work England. 2019

Conference organisation:

Individual, Family, Society - Contemporary Challenges, 3rd Edition, "Francisc I. Rainer" Anthropology Institute of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Member of Scientific Committee of the Conference, https://hes32-ctp.trendmicro.com/wis/clicktime/v1/query?url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.journalstudiesanthropology.ro%2fro%2fnumarul-6-2019-abstracts%2fr123%2f&umid=d375d5c3-ba61-4046-9c9b-d5d36f0c6676&auth=768f192bba830b801fed4f40fb360f4d1374fa7c-3bf6a4c2f7283282dd3e771b1b93e761ef5c68c3. 2019

International Conference on 'Individual, family, society - contemporary challenges' - Anthropology Institute of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Member of the Scientific Committee. 2017

External collaboration:

Social Work Dept, Kadambari Memorial College, Kathmandu, Nepal, Pradipta Kadambari. 2019

Social Work Dept, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Long standing Erasmus partner. Undertaken joint research and delivered sessions to Masters and undergraduate students. 2015

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. 2014

External committees:

Rainbows Evaluation, Research and Development Group, RainbowsGB, Chair, http://www.rainbowsgb.org/contact-us. 2018

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

Fellowships:

Fellow, Higher Education Academy. 2012

Media Coverage:

09.04.2019 - Interview with Radio City, Liverpool in response to proposed Divorce Law changes reported by BBC

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