New Crook Public Service Fellows to address Children’s Chances

Image of paper peopleProfessor Kate Morris has been announced as the academic lead for this year’s Crook Public Service Fellowships, which will see leading figures from the civil service, social work and youth work sectors addressing the highly pressing theme of Children’s Chances’ alongside our Social Sciences academics.

The four chosen fellows are:

  • Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for England (Children & Families), Department for Education;
  • Sara Gowen, Managing Director, Sheffield Young Carers;
  • Sumi Rabindrakumar, Research Officer, Gingerbread;
  • Alice Field, Residential Manager, Young Futures.

The Fellows will be visiting Sheffield for short periods over the next 12 months to work in collaboration with academic colleagues on a diverse range issues affecting young people.

These areas include the effectiveness of early intervention, family breakdowns, the role of voluntary organisations in supporting and monitoring young carers and the services provided for young people leaving care at age 16-18.

Kate Morris, Head of the Department of Sociological studies, said: “We are delighted that this year’s Fellows are focused on children’s chances, a theme that is so strongly connected to the research of the Department of Sociological Studies and the Faculty of Social Sciences.

“We look forward to supporting the Fellows with their work and exploring new ways of ensuring our research makes an ongoing contribution to policy and practice in this critical area.”

We look forward to supporting the Fellows with their work and exploring new ways of ensuring our research makes an ongoing contribution to policy and practice in this critical area.

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Professor Craig Watkins, Vice President and Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences, said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome this year’s cohort of Crook Public Service Fellows to the University. The Fellowships have proved to be a successful way of bringing together the policy world, public sector and academia in its first two years.

"We look forward to seeing how this year’s cohort will work with staff within the Faculty to bring together practical experience with the latest academic thinking to approach this crucial policy area.”

The Crook Public Service Fellowship scheme, named in honour of the donor, Professor Tony Crook, from the Faculty’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, aims to encourage original thinking and influence public policy.

Professor Crook said: "I am delighted with the success of the Fellowship programme to date and with the way the first two cohorts of Fellows have produced reports with real impact on their chosen theme. I am also delighted with way they have developed what I hope will be long lasting relationships with the academic colleagues here who supported their fellowship projects.

"The Children’s Chances Fellows will be looking at what works in helping disadvantaged children build resilience and realise their full potential. It is hard to think of an issue, which is more salient for the future of these children. I wish our new Fellows well."

Each year, the Fellowships focus on a different theme with the housing challenge and democracy addressed in previous years.

This year’s fellows will engage with academic staff across the Faculty, including the Departments of Sociological Studies, Education, Geography and Politics.

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