Dr Graham Connelly

Education Programmes Adviser

Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children (CELCIS)

Personal statement

I am a senior lecturer in the School of Social Work and Social Policy and I lead the improving educational outcomes of looked after children programme in CELCIS - the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland. I am joint editor, with Dr Laura Steckley, of the Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care.

I am a graduate of Glasgow and Strathclyde univerities and of the former Jordanhill College. I am a GTCS-registered teacher (geography and psychology) and a chartered psychologist. I taught geography in a high school and psychology in a college, and undertook a secondment to the Open University to help develop 'Working with Children and Young People'.

I am a member of the board of Kibble Education and Care Centre and chair the school's education sub-committee. I am a former board member of Who Cares? Scotland and helped set up the charity's Harvard Summer School scholarship programme supporting young people from a care background in Scotland to attend a summer semester at Harvard University. I am also a member of the Buttle UK Quality Mark advisory committee and the MCR Futures programme which provides mentoring relationships for young people in Glasgow.

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    • children and young people in public care, and care leavers
    • residential child and youth care
    • the education of looked after children
    • widening participation in post-school education
    • youth mentoring

Publications

Editorial
Connelly Graham
Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care Vol 15, pp. 1-5, (2016)
The Immigration Bill's proposals for young migrants in care will lead to a constitutional mess in Scottish policy-making
Mulvey Gareth, Connelly Graham, Da Lomba Sylvie
GramNet Blog, (2016)
Looked after and learning : improving the learning journey of looked after children
Connelly Graham, Hennessy Alison, Farrugia Ben, Kennedy Lisa Ann
(2015)
Educating Children and Young People in Care : Learning Placements and Caring Schools
Cameron Claire, Connelly Graham, Jackson Sonia
(2015)
Editorial
Connelly Graham
Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care Vol 14, pp. 1-5, (2015)
Care to Vote? Young People Looked after by Local Authorities and the Referendum on Scottish independence
Connelly Graham, Kinlochan Jamie
(2014)

more publications

Research interests

My research, writing and public engagement is mainly concerned with children growing up in difficult circumstances, and particularly those in the care of public services. My current interests include working with local authorities to improve the educational experience of their 'looked after children', improving access to post-school education for looked after young people and care leavers, mentoring programmes for young people in education, and the implications for looked after young people of the reduction in voting age in Scotland to 16. I am co-author of Educating Children and Young People in Care (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015).

Professional activities

Expert group on widening access for those from a care experienced background to support the Commission on Widening Access
Member
12/1/2016
Provide outline of the work of CELCIS, particularly in education
Host
27/11/2015
Provide private briefing on the education of looked after children for Cabinet Secretary
Advisor
17/11/2015
Children in Scotland Annual Conference
Invited speaker
5/11/2015
National Ambition for Care Leavers: Governance Group
Member
3/11/2015
Responsibilities of the Corporate Parent
Contributor
29/9/2015

more professional activities

Projects

Getting it right for looked after disabled children and young people (Scottish Universities Insight Institute)
Connelly, Graham (Co-investigator)
Getting it right for looked after disabled children and young people (Scottish Universities Insight Institute)
Period 01-Oct-2012
Child sexual exploitation study
Welch, Victoria (Principal Investigator) Connelly, Graham (Co-investigator)
Period 07-Jan-2013 - 06-Jun-2013
Looked After and Accommodated Children - dental linkage project
Connelly, Graham (Principal Investigator) Milligan, Ian (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2013 - 31-Mar-2015
Recognition of Prior Learning
Connelly, Graham (Principal Investigator)
Period 16-Mar-2012 - 30-Sep-2012
SFC Care Leavers Programme Evaluation
Connelly, Graham (Principal Investigator) Furnivall, Judith (Co-investigator)
Period 03-Aug-2009 - 31-Aug-2011
Improving Outcomes for Children in Poverty through Home-School Partnership in the Early Years
Sime, Daniela (Principal Investigator) Connelly, Graham (Co-investigator)
Period 16-Feb-2009 - 15-Oct-2009

more projects

Address

Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children (CELCIS)
Curran Building

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