february, 2020

24feb9:30 am1:30 pmSecure care in Scotland and Sweden, thinking together about best practice


Event Details

Academics from Sweden and Scotland will present recent research into secure accommodation and discuss best practice.
The first presentation will be from Dr Sofia Enell, Senior lecturer in social work, Linnaeus University, Sweden and Dr Monika Wilińska, Associate Professor in Welfare and Social Sciences, Jönköping University, Sweden.

Title: “My whole family is not really my family” – family and family practices among young adults with a history of secure care and their family members

Sofia and Monika will present findings from a recent a research project about how young adults with experiences of secure care and their family members talk about family and family relations. The study, undertaken in a Swedish context, applies a relational perspective on families, meaning that families are understood as ongoing processes and practices. The project builds on in-depth interviews with 11 young adults (6 men and 5 women) aged 20-26 and on in-depth interviews with 11 of their family members, mainly biological parents. The findings demonstrate how young adults and their family members share ongoing struggles between imagined and actual images of family life but also how they differ in their experiences. To young adults, it all sums up to a focus on themselves and realizing how their lives depend on them. What distinguishes those stories is also a high degree of moralizing around family and family practices. In the seminar, we will discuss these findings from an intersectional perspective, showing how narrated stories about family life are filtered via various social positioning resulting from age, gender and social class.

The second presentation will be from Dr Emma Miller, Senior Research Associate at the University of Strathclyde.

Title: Talking Hope with young people in secure care and practitioners: connecting relationships and agency

Emma will explore the Talking Hope project which set out to consider whether and how the concept of hope might help to promote better futures for young people considered to be at sufficiently high risk to experience secure care. Further, the intention was to explore the factors identified as important by young people, and the staff who support them, to achieving hope. We found that hope correlated with specific social, relational and material factors among the young people who participated in our research, prompting us to develop a conceptual model that put these factors into relationship with one another. While we acknowledge the importance here of key material factors, we focus in particular on the role of key interpersonal relationships and experiences of agency and finding a voice in achieving hope. Implications for policy and practice are considered.

The seminar will be introduced by Dr Autumn Roesch-Marsh, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Edinburgh. Her own research has explored the importance of relationships for secure accommodation decision making in Scotland.

This event is open to practitioners, academics and policy makers and we hope to have some detailed discussion about the implications for best practice emerging from these studies.

To register for this event click here.


(Monday) 9:30 am - 1:30 pm


Paterson's Land

Paterson's Land, Room 1.26, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ