Stevenson, Sylvia

Start date:
September 2019
Research Topic:
Reflect: A study examining the support services in place for parents at risk of compulsory child removals in Wales
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Dr Louise Roberts and Dr Dawn Mannay
Supervising school:
School of Social Sciences,
Primary funding source:

Parents who have had a child compulsorily removed from their care are more likely to have a subsequent child removed. There are services across Wales which support these parents with the aim of reducing the number of subsequent pregnancies alongside helping the parents to make changes in their lives (Roberts et al. 2018). Reflect received £850,000 of funding in 2018 to roll out the service throughout Wales, being described by the Welsh Government as being a “key preventative work strand” (Welsh Government 2018). This research, which expands on the study I completed for my Masters programme (Hoyland 2021), looks to fill in gaps we have in our knowledge about the Reflect service. How does it support birth parents, how do parents and practitioners experience the service, and how does it differ across Wales?

This multi-site qualitative case study seeks to adopt ethnographic methods to paint a broad picture of the Reflect service in Wales.


Hoyland, S. 2021. A study exploring how services in Wales support parents who have had a child removed from their care. Available at: [Accessed 06 July 2022].

Roberts, L., Maxwell, N., Messenger, R. and Palmer, C. 2018. Evaluation of Reflect in Gwent. Available at: [Accessed 06 July 2022].

Welsh Government. 2018. Service helping to keep families together goes Wales-wide. Available at: [Accessed 06 July 2022].