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Postgraduate research project

Being autistic in care: Understanding differences in care experiences including breakdowns in placements for autistic and non-autistic children

Fully funded (UK and international)
Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
MSc with merit/2:1 honours View full entry requirements
Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Social Sciences
Closing date

About the project

The outcomes of autistic children in care are known to be poor. This project in collaboration with looked-after children’s services, will analyse the case files of looked-after children to identify patterns of placement breakdown.

There is very little research on the trajectories of autistic children through the care system, the patterns of their placements and why their placements breakdown. This data is vital for improving services and support for foster carers, and for the outcomes for young people.

This is an ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership funded project. You’ll work with the local authorities to develop an understanding of the challenges faced by autistic children in care and make recommendations for future policy.

This project may be of interest if you have experienced care or are neurodivergent, so we would encourage you to apply.