Policy = understanding
I support rights-based approaches to policy and services that impact on children, young people and their families. I have contributed to policy initiatives in Scottish, UK and international contexts. This work has included policy analysis, programmes exploring the interaction of policy, research and services and developing policy responses to complex problems.
“I’ve commissioned Susan for numerous high profile projects over the past decade because she starts with a value base that is child rights-centred, and her writing absolutely reflects this. The fact that Susan has always delivered high quality results makes it a real pleasure to work with her.”
Jennifer Davidson, Director
Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS)
“We often treat children and childhood with scant respect. I want to explore how we change that.”
Examples of my work
Author of report with Children in Scotland,
I Want the Same As You: Developing effective independent information and support services for children and young people accessing Self-directed Support.
Chaired Scottish Government advisory group and authored report on a National Mentoring Scheme for looked after children and young people.
Co-author, with CELCIS colleagues, of the international resource, Moving Forward: Implementation Handbook for the Alternative Care Guidelines.
Co-investigator on Economic and Social Research Council funded project on children and young people’s participation in policy. With Kay Tisdall, University of Edinburgh, Barnardo’s Scotland and Children in Scotland.
Author of first Scottish-wide review of advocacy for children in Scotland, Advocacy makes you feel brave, for the Scottish Government.