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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, encouraging the creation of a new framework for understanding children's experience of parental separation and divorce (Childhood experiences of separation and divorce, Policy Press - forthcoming). Ways of sharing this knowledge with children, young people, practitioners and parents are currently being explored. 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 also led 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 - present
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

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. 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

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

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

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.

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. 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

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) Policy Press

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

Conference publication

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

Highlighted activities

Conference presentation:

Title of presentation: Young adults' attitudes towards sex and relationship education in UK and Romania: implications for educational practice - with Cristina Faludi, Conference title: International Youth Participation Conference, Place/location of conference: Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Creating a bricolage: working with young people to design a research study giving voice to young adults' experiences of parental separation, Conference title: Interdisciplinary Conference on Childhood and Youth, Place/location of conference: Bangor University, Wales, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Sex and relationship education in schools: young adults' views on their experience and suggestions for change, Conference title: Interdisciplinary Conference on Childhood and Youth, Place/location of conference: Bangor University, Wales, 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

External collaboration:

Institution: Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Collaborator: 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

Institution: Roskilde University, Denmark; Tallinn University, Estonia; University of Eastern Finland, Liverpool John Moores University, Collaborator: 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:

Committee name: Rainbows Trustees, Organisation: Rainbows GB - a national charitable organisation that supports children and young people through loss and grief, Position: Trustee

Membership of professional bodies:

Registered Social Worker, Health and Care Professions Council

Other Professional Activity:

Describe the Professional Activities: Kay-Flowers, S & Faludi, C. (2017) Research seminar: Young adults' attitudes towards sex and relationship education in UK and Romania: implications for educational practice, Liverpool John Moores University, March

Professional activities

Conference organisation:

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

Conference presentation:

Title of presentation: 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, Conference title: Individual, family, society - contemporary challenges - International Conference, Place/location of conference: Anthropology Institute of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Young adults' attitudes towards sex and relationship education in UK and Romania: implications for educational practice - with Cristina Faludi, Conference title: International Youth Participation Conference, Place/location of conference: Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Creating a bricolage: working with young people to design a research study giving voice to young adults' experiences of parental separation, Conference title: Interdisciplinary Conference on Childhood and Youth, Place/location of conference: Bangor University, Wales, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Sex and relationship education in schools: young adults' views on their experience and suggestions for change, Conference title: Interdisciplinary Conference on Childhood and Youth, Place/location of conference: Bangor University, Wales, Presentation type: Oral presentation

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

Editorial boards:

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

External collaboration:

Institution: Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Collaborator: 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

Institution: Roskilde University, Denmark; Tallinn University, Estonia; University of Eastern Finland, Liverpool John Moores University, Collaborator: 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:

Committee name: Rainbows Trustees, Organisation: Rainbows GB - a national charitable organisation that supports children and young people through loss and grief, Position: Trustee

Fellowships:

Fellowship title: Fellow, Organisation: Higher Education Academy

Media Coverage:

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

Other Professional Activity:

Describe the Professional Activities: Undertook Erasmus Teacher Mobility at Babes-Bolyai University, Romania - May 2017

Describe the Professional Activities: Arranged and led a knowledge exchange visit in Liverpool for a Headteacher from a partner school in Kathmandu, Nepal

Describe the Professional Activities: Masters dissertation supervision: 'Young people's world view in a globalised world: decision-making and agency in their own education' - 2017

Describe the Professional Activities: Kay-Flowers, S & Faludi, C. (2017) Research seminar: Young adults' attitudes towards sex and relationship education in UK and Romania: implications for educational practice, Liverpool John Moores University, March

Teaching qualification:

Title of qualification gained: Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Eductaion