I have worked as a Senior Lecturer in Education and Early Childhood Studies at Liverpool John Moores University since 2012. In this role I teach on the Education and Early Childhood Studies undergraduate programmes and lead the development of Masters provision in the subject area.
During my time at LJMU I have completed my doctoral studies which involved conducting an internet based phenomenological study of young adult voices recalling their childhood experiences of parental separation and divorce. My interest in this area stems from my previous professional background as a Family Court Advisor with the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS). Since moving into Higher Education in 2002 I have pursued this research area, conducting an earlier study in five early years settings exploring the issues raised by young children who have experienced parental separation. I am a Trustee for Rainbows GB, a national charitable organisation that supports children and young people through loss and grief.
At LJMU I have embedded international experiences in the curriculum through:
i. co-ordinating the Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP) on ‘Globalisation, Conflict and Learning Societies’ which was delivered jointly with staff from Roskilde University, Denmark, University of Eastern Finland and Tallinn University, Estonia to students from these HEIs in April 2014. As partners we continue to work collaboratively
ii. development of long-standing links with staff and students at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. This involves collaborative research, staff and student exchanges, student visits and attendance at conferences.
iii. on-going liaison with placement providers and academic partners to facilitate student placements in schools in Nepal.
Prior to joining LJMU I was Programme Leader for a Childhood and Youth Studies undergraduate degree at another HEI where I developed Masters provision in the area of children's rights, participation and welfare. I have a professional background as a Social Worker and have worked in the Probation Service, in Advocacy services for children and young people and as a Family Court Advisor.
My research interests are in the areas of:
- children's 'voice'
- children's rights and participation in an international context
- children's experience of parental separation and divorce
- social justice
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
Theses / Dissertations
Kay-Flowers SJ. 2014. Recalling childhood experiences of parental separation and divorce: An internet based phenomenology of young adult voices. 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. 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. Familia monoparentala in Romania si fenomene conexe (The Single Parent Family in Romania and related phenomena) 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
Kay-Flowers SJ. 2006. Where do very young children and their parents derive support during parental separation Family Court Journal, :29-35
Kay-Flowers S, Hennessy C. The Impact of Brexit on Young people Psychosocial Research and Intervention in Contemporary Society International Conference,
Kay-Flowers SJ. Farrell, A. (2005) Ethical Research with Children (Ed), Maidenhead, Open University Press Educational Action Research., 16 :579-586 >DOI
Conference Publication (journal proceedings)
Kay-Flowers SJ. Family Change: Promoting Family Resilience Identifying Best Practice: Barriers to Engagement Symposium
Kay-Flowers SJ. "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 the Study of Childhood and Youth
Kay-Flowers SJ. 'How might young people benefit from researching childhood experiences of parental separation/divorce? Consideration of the ethical issues Annual Faculty of Education, Health and Community Research Conference
Kay-Flowers SJ. 'Who benefits from qualitative inquiry?' Ethics of researching parental separation/divorce with young people 9th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
Kay-Flowers SJ. Researching with Young People the Experiences on Children of Parental Separation/Divorce: a Phenomenological Approach using Online Methods European Conference on Educational Research (ECER)
Kay-Flowers SJ. Researching with young people the experience on children of parental separation/divorce using online methods Annual Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure Research Conference
Engagement & Impact
Title of presentation: An exploration of attitudes towards sex and relationship education in UK and Romania: implications for educational practice, Conference title: Children and Young People in a Changing World, Place/location of conference: Liverpool Hope University, Presentation type: Oral presentation
Title of presentation: Children's experience of parental conflict during parental separation and its influence on accommodating post-separation changes, Conference title: Children and Young People in a Changing World, Place/location of conference: Liverpool Hope University, Presentation type: Oral presentation
Title of presentation: Recalling childhood experiences of parental separation and divorce: key themes from a study of young adult voices, Conference title: Faculty of Education, Health and Community Annual Research Conference, Place/location of conference: Britannia Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, Presentation type: Oral presentation
Title of presentation: Students' views on international work-related learning in Nepal, Conference title: LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference, Place/location of conference: Liverpool John Moores University, Presentation type: Oral presentation
Publication: ‘Families, Relationships and Societies’ journal published by Policy Press, Position: Reviewer
Institution: Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Collaborator: Dr Cristina Faludi on 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
Institution: Roskilde University, Denmark; Tallinn University, Estonia; University of Eastern Finland, Collaborator: Erasmus Intensive programme - 'Education, Conflict and learning Societies' - delivered at LJMU
Committee name: Rainbows Trustees, Organisation: Rainbows GB - a national charitable organisation that supports children and young people through loss and grief, Position: Trustee
Fellowship title: Fellow, Organisation: Higher Education Academy
Links #1: https://www.theguardian.com/open-days/2016/sep/05/university-information-from-the-horses-mouth, Media coverage: 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:
Title of event: Validation panel for M.Res Childhood and Youth programme, Location: Bangor University, Wales, Description: External Advisor
Title of event: Rainbows Facilitators, Location: Liverpool Archdiocesan Centre for Evangelisation, Liverpool, Description: Delivered a workshop on 'Separating/divorcing parents - supporting children and promoting resilience' to the North West Regional Rainbows Facilitators
Title of qualification gained: Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Eductaion