• Podsoc #78

Foster families

In conversation with Alyson Rees

Foster families work the well-being of children in their care often with little recognition. In this podcast, Alyson Rees talks about her research with children and their foster families from a strengths perspective.

Alyson Rees has worked in social care in the UK since 1981 when she started working in a night shelter. Having qualified as a social worker in 1986, she worked for 16 years as a probation officer before joining a domestic violence unit running groups for male perpetrators, female survivors and children who had witnessed abuse. She has been at Cardiff University for the past 15 years teaching both social work students and practice educators and completed her PhD in 2009. Alyson is currently responsible for student practice placements, international exchanges and has been the lead on the Gender Equality Mark (GEM) application by the Department of Social Sciences. She sits on the Care Council for Wales as the member for Higher Education and supervises Masters, Professional Doctorate and PhD students. Her research interests centre on foster care, adoption, child neglect, domestic abuse, gender, care social work supervision. Currently she is involved in a foster care research project involving skills groups and mentoring, and a looked after children and education study.

Recommended citation – APA6th

Fronek, P. (Host). (2015, June 24). Foster Families: In conversation with Alyson Rees [Episode 78]. Podsocs. Podcast retrieved Month Day, Year, from http://www.podsocs.com/podcast/foster-families/.

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  2. References

Pithouse, A., & Rees, A. (2014). Creating stable foster placements: Learning from foster children and the families who care from them. UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.