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Dr Vicki Welch

Senior Research Fellow

Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children (CELCIS)

Personal statement

I aim to improve the experience of life for children, young people and families through the use of social research.  I passionately beleive that research that makes a difference requires the involvement of research users and service users, but also that we need to take care not only to focus on the individual or small groups but attend to the societal, structural and economic factors that impact on us all.

Methodologically I tend to locate my thinking and approach as broadly critical realist and I take a pragmatic approach to selecting research methods that are doable, ethical, and valid within the inevitable restraints (time and resource) that are placed on researchers. I enjoy mixed methods research and am happy to try new methods.

I have found that I enjoy research conducted within a team context where different rersearchers bring their skills and perspectives. Also I have been highly priviledged to support a number of research students and early career researchers. I enjoy teaching and training, although my current position requires relatively little.

Within my broad areas of interest I have a number of particular areas of focus:

  • Looked after children and families
  • Disabled children and families
  • Service integration and interprofessional experiences
  • Universal and specialist provision


Talking back to family, family troubles, and the looked-after child
Welch Vicki
Sociological Research Online, (2017)
Contested views of expertise in children's care and permanence proceedings
Hill Malcolm, Welch Vicki, Gadda Andressa
Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law Vol 39, pp. 42-66, (2017)
Residential Child Care Workforce Qualifications Summary
McMeeking Joanne, Mossman Fiona, Soliman Francesca, Welch Victoria
The Role of the Solicitor in the Children's Hearings System : A Study Commissioned by the Scottish Legal Aid Board
Porter Robert, Welch Vicki, Mitchell Fiona
Changing the way we think about kinship care
Wassell Carol , Porter Robert, Welch Victoria
XIV International Conference EUSARF 2016, (2016)
Legal representation in the Scottish Children’s Hearing System
Porter Robert, Welch Victoria, Wassell Carol
XIV International Conference EUSARF 2016, (2016)

more publications


Lifeworks evaluation (Aberlour)
Welch, Victoria (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 31-Mar-2018
Evaluation of Notre Dame Support Service for Kinship Families
Welch, Victoria (Principal Investigator)
Evaluation of the impacts on processes of tan innovatiove service to support kindhip families through delivery of support to children, their carers and often others working with them. Support is provided by a team of psychologists, social workers, play therapists, etc.
Period 01-Apr-2015 - 31-Mar-2017
Qualitative research into the Solicitor Role at children's hearings
Welch, Victoria (Principal Investigator) Young, Emma (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jun-2015 - 31-Oct-2015
Achieivng permanance for disabled children in foster care and adoption
Welch, Victoria (Academic)
Literature review
Period 02-Dec-2013 - 30-Apr-2014
Achieving Permanence for Disabled Children and Young People in Foster Care and Adoption: A literature reveiw
Welch, Victoria (Academic)
Period 02-Dec-2013 - 30-Apr-2014
The unique needs of children ‘looked after at home’ in Scotland: Addressing outcomes
Welch, Victoria (Principal Investigator) Sadler, Sue (Academic) Fitzpatrick, John Paul (Research Co-investigator) Young, Emma (Research Co-investigator)
Period 16-Dec-2013 - 31-Mar-2014

more projects


Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children (CELCIS)
Lord Hope Building

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