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Dr Susan Kay-Flowers

Biography

I am Programme Leader for the MA Education, Globalisation and Social Change programme. I lead two of the modules on the programme 'Education, Society and Culture' and 'Education and Globalisation' and supervise Masters dissertations. I have worked as a Senior Lecturer in Education and Early Childhood Studies at Liverpool John Moores University since 2012 and teach on the Education and Early Childhood Studies undergraduate programmes.

My research interests are participatory research with young people. I am interested in children's 'voice', children's rights and participation in an international context and their experience of parental separation and divorce. The latter was the subject of my doctoral study 'Recalling childhood experiences of parental separation and divorce: an internet based phenomenology of young adult voices' completed in 2015. This built upon the knowledge and experience gained in my previous career when I worked as a Family Court Advisor with the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS). The study findings gave voice to young adults' experiences and led to the creation of a new framework for understanding children's experience of parental separation and divorce which is explained in the forthcoming book 'Childhood experiences of separation and divorce' to be published by Policy Press in 2019. Ways of sharing the framework with children, young people and parents are currently being explored through professional discussions with various groups. I am also a Trustee for Rainbows GB, a national charitable organisation that supports children and young people through loss and grief.

I am involved in on-going collaborative research in the area of sex and relationship education with Cristina Faludi at Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. Our findings have been presented at international conferences and been used to inform policy development.

At LJMU I have been involved in creating and extending international experiences for students and staff through curriculum developments such as the MA programme and co-ordinating the Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP) on ‘Globalisation, Conflict and Learning Societies’ (Grant agreement reference number: 2013/IP/19/LIVERPO02-GLS). This programme was delivered by academic staff from LJMU alongside staff from Roskilde University, Denmark, University of Eastern Finland and Tallinn University, Estonia to students from these HEIs in April 2014. We continue to work collaboratively. I have led many knowledge exchange visits for staff and students to Romania and work-based learning experiences in Nepal.

My professional background was as a Social Worker, I have worked in the Probation Service, in Advocacy services for children and young people and as a Family Court Advisor. My registration as a Social Worker is on-going.

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
External Examiner, University of Northampton, 2014 - 2018
Senior Lecturer, Education and Early Childhood Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2012 - present
External Examiner, Leeds Trinity University, 2010 - 2013
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. 2009. Promoting resilience and support for children and families experiencing parental separation in the early years (0-5 years) Ilut P. The Single Parent Family in Romania and related phenomena (Familia monoparentala in Romania si fenomene conexe) Presa Universitara Clujeana. Cluj Napoca, Romania

Kay-Flowers SJ. 2009. Education and Social Care: an integrated approach? Gayton E, Bignold W. Global Perspectives in Education Learning Matters. Exeter

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

Chapters

Kay-Flowers SJ. 2009. Childhood(s) in the UK. In: Lascus V. Studii de Pedagogie Sociala si asistenta sociala (Studies of Social Pedagogy and Social Assistance) II Napoca Star, Romania. Romania

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

Kay-Flowers SJ. 2009. Education and Social Care: an integrated approach? Gayton E, Bignold W. Global Perspectives in Education Learning Matters. Exeter

Kay-Flowers SJ. 2009. Romania: developing a socio-educational project: opportunities for change Grandire, Cultura & Societate (Thought, Culture and Society) Universitatea Avram Iancu. Cluj Napoca, Romania

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

Kay-Flowers SJ. Childhood experiences of separation and divorce (forthcoming in 2019) Policy Press

Thesis/Dissertation

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

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

Other

Kay-Flowers S, Hennessy C. The Impact of Brexit on Young people Psychosocial Research and Intervention in Contemporary Society International Conference,

Book review

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

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities

Conference presentation:

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

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

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

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

External collaboration:

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

Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, With Dr Cristina Faludi. Joint research project exploring young adults’ views of their experience of sex and relationship education (SRE) in schools; a comparison of UK and Romanian student experiences

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

External committees:

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

Membership of professional bodies:

Registered Social Worker, Health and Care Professions Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

Students' views on international work-related learning in Nepal, LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation 17/06/2015

A consideration of young people's participation and achievement in education in England and Wales and implications for the situation of particular marginalied groups, Psychosocial Research and Intervention in Contemporary Society - Youth Participation, International Student Conference, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Oral presentation 19/05/2015

"'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

'How might young people benefit from researching childhood experiences of parental separation/divorce? Consideration of the ethical issues, Faculty of Education, Health and Community Research Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation 28/06/2013

'Who benefits from qualitative inquiry?' Ethics of researching parental separation/divorce with young people, 9th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, Oral presentation 15/05/2013

Researching with Young People the Experiences on Children of Parental Separation/Divorce: a Phenomenological Approach using Online Methods, European Conference on Eductaional Research (ECER), Cadiz, Spain, Oral presentation 18/09/2012

Researching with young people the experience on children of parental separation/divorce using online methods, Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure Research Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation 29/06/2012

Family Change: Promoting Family Resilience, Identifying Best Practice: Barriers to Engagement Symposium, IMM campus, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation 22/06/2012

Conference organisation:

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

Editorial boards:

‘Families, Relationships and Societies’ journal published by Policy Press, Reviewer

External collaboration:

On going collaboration with UK based charity helping with medical costs and educational outreach programmes in Romania, Hands of Hope Romania

On going collaboration with provider of sports coaching courses in Liverpool, Little League Sports (LLS)

On-going collaboration with Secondary school in Liverpool, St Francis Xaviers College

On-going collaboration with inner city primary school in Liverpool, St Nicholas Catholic Primary School, Liverpool

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

Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, With Dr Cristina Faludi. Joint research project exploring young adults’ views of their experience of sex and relationship education (SRE) in schools; a comparison of UK and Romanian student experiences

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

External committees:

Evaluation, Research and Development Group, RainbowsGB, Co-Chair

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

Fellowships:

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Media Coverage:

https://www.theguardian.com/open-days/2016/sep/05/university-information-from-the-horses-mouth, Guardian article about what prospective students should ask about on university open days.

Membership of professional bodies:

Registered Social Worker, Health and Care Professions Council

Other invited event:

Centre for Educational Research (CERES) seminar, Liverpool John Moores University, Giving 'voice' to young adults' childhood experience of parental separation; a framework for understanding

A critical review of social policy, Tithebarn Street, Liverpool John Moores University, Guest lecture for Health and Social Care, level 6 students

Psychosocial Research and Intervention in Contemporary Society - Youth Participation, International Student Conference, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Panel Member

Validation panel for M.Res Childhood and Youth programme, Bangor University, Wales, External Advisor

Rainbows Facilitators, Liverpool Archdiocesan Centre for Evangelisation, Liverpool, Delivered a workshop on 'Separating/divorcing parents - supporting children and promoting resilience' to the North West Regional Rainbows Facilitators

Other Professional Activity:

Researcher Support Workshop, ACTivator Workshop, LJMU - 13 September, 2018

Attended 'Creating a whole school ethos of care', CERES seminar by Dr Jo Warin at LJMU on 13.06.18

Attended 'How do children experience 'home' when their parents separate?' by Ass. Prof Kristin Natalier at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR), 29.05.18

Attended 'Toughness in Young People consideration of first year transition' by Prof Peter Clough at LJMU on 09.05.18

Attended 'Phenomenography and phenomenology', Reading the Readers session - Dr Amir Asghari, 31.10.18

Attended Joint Nepal-UK Education and Research Workshop at LJMU on 19.06.18

Attended 'Federalism and Education Policy in Nepal; challenges, dilemmas and opportunities' by Joint Secretary of Ministry of Education at Institute of Education, UCL - 07.06.18

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

External Examiner for Education Studies undergraduate programmes - University of Northampton

Erasmus Teaching exchange to Babes- Bolyai University in 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

'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

Students' reflections on intercultural learning workshop for 3rd year undergraduate students - Erasmus Teaching Exchange to Tallinn University, March 2015

Visit to voluntary project working with Roma children and families in Pata-Rat, Cluj-Napoca

'Interpreting children's best interests in England' workshop for Masters Social Work students - Erasmus Teaching Mobility to Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania - October 2013

Arranged and led a knowledge exchange visit in Liverpool for a Headteacher from a partner school in Kathmandu, Nepal

Teaching qualification:

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Eductaion