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Personal Statement

Now retired, I am an honorary senior research fellow in the School of Social Work and Social Policy and in CELCIS - the Centre for Excellence for Children's Care and Protection at the University of Strathclyde. I am editor of the Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care.

I graduated from the universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde and 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 the course, 'Working with Children and Young People'. I held academic appointments in the former Scottish School of Further Education, and in the Schools of Education and Social Work at the University of Strathclyde.

I am a non-executive board member of Kibble Education and Care Centre and co-chair the school's education sub-committee, and a trustee of MCR Pathways, a school-based mentoring programme. I am a former board member of Who Cares? Scotland and instigated 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 was a member of the Buttle UK Quality Mark advisory committee. 

I was awarded the Strathclyde Medal in 2016 'In recognition of your outstanding contribution to the success of the University of Strathclyde and for demonstration of the University Values.'

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).

Expertise & Capabilities

  • 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

Keywords

  • Looked-after Children
  • Children and Families
  • Children in Care
  • The Education of Looked-after Children
  • The Education of Children in Care
  • Scottish Education
  • youth mentoring

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Projects 2005 2019

Selected Research Output 1992 2019

Care to Vote? Young People Looked after by Local Authorities and the Referendum on Scottish independence

Connelly, G. & Kinlochan, J., 23 May 2014, Glasgow: University of Strathclyde, p. 1-11, 10 p.

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paper

Open Access
File
referendum
voter
correctional institution
staff
source of information

The Sexual Exploitation of Looked After Children in Scotland: a study conducted for the Care Inspectorate

Lerpiniere, J., Hawthorn, M., Smith, I., Connelly, G., Kendrick, A. & Welch, V., 2013, Glasgow. 108 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
File
exploitation
Group
experience

Multi agency working

Connelly, G., 30 Jul 2013, Scottish Education: Referendum. Bryce, T. G. K., Humes, W. M., Gillies, D. & Kennedy, A. (eds.). 4th ed. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, p. 840-849 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
File
present
school

Assessment of the Foster Care Pilot Project in Albania

Stevens, I., Connelly, G. & Milligan, I., Oct 2013, Glasgow. 43 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

File
Albania
pilot project
UNICEF
mobile social services
documentation
17 Citations (Scopus)

Assessing wellbeing at school entry using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire: professional perspectives

White, J., Connelly, G., Thompson, L. & Wilson, P., 2013, In : Educational Research. 55, 1, p. 87-98 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

File
questionnaire
school
staff
preschool education
economic area
2 Citations (Scopus)

Addressing low attainment of children in public care: the Scottish experience

Connelly, G. & Furnivall, J., 2013, In : European Journal of Social Work. 16, 1, p. 88-104 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

File
experience
school attendance
organizational development
organizational change
home care

From care to uni: looked after children and care leavers in higher education in scotland

Connelly, G. & Kinlochan, J., 21 May 2013, Glasgow, 9 p.

Research output: Working paperOther working paper

Open Access
File
education
student
government policy
funding
lack

Residential child care: between home and family

Connelly, G. & Milligan, I., 18 Oct 2012, Edinburgh. 100 p. (Policy & Practice in Health and Social Care; vol. 17)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

File
child care
government policy
private provision
scandal
staffing
Open Access
File
quantitative research
Denmark
Finland
Norway
Sweden

Supporting looked after children in education

Connelly, G., Feb 2012, 10 p. Edinburgh

Research output: Other contribution

File
education
manager
teacher
school
Open Access
File
further education
school education
pilot project
funding
participation

Improving the education of looked after children: a guide for local authorities and service providers

Connelly, G., Furnivall, J. & The Scottish Government (Funder), 26 Mar 2009, Edinburgh, 23 p.

Research output: Working paperGuide or manual

Open Access
File
service provider
pilot project
education
monitoring
6 Citations (Scopus)

Teachers' responses to the emotional needs of children and young people: Results from the Scottish Needs Assessment Programme

Connelly, G., Lockhart, E., Wilson, P., Furnivall, J., Bryce, G., Barbour, R. & Phin, L., 8 Mar 2008, In : Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. 13, 1, p. 7-19 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

File
Needs Assessment
Frustration
Mental Health Services
Mental Health

The Educational Attainment of Looked After Children - Local Authority Pilot Projects: Final Research Report

Connelly, G., Forrest, J., Furnivall, J., Siebelt, L., Smith, I. & Seagraves, L., 16 Sep 2008, Edinburgh, Scotland. 139 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
File
pilot project
parents
exclusion
interview
experience
18 Citations (Scopus)

The work of health visitors and school nurses with children with psychological and behavioural problems

Wilson, P., Furnivall, J., Barbour, R., Connelly, G., Bryce, G., Phin, L. & Stallard, A., Feb 2008, In : Journal of Advanced Nursing. 61, 4, p. 445-455 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

File
Community Health Nurses
Nurses
Psychology
Psychiatric Nursing
Workload
11 Citations (Scopus)
File
social justice
exclusion
experience
school
qualification

Can Scotland achieve more for looked after children?

Connelly, G., May 2007, In : Adoption and Fostering. 31, 1, p. 81-91 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

File
Scotland
Climate
deficit
criticism
History
20 Citations (Scopus)

Chartered teacher: accrediting professionalism for Scotland's teachers - a view from the inside

Connelly, G. & McMahon, M., Mar 2007, In : Journal of In-Service Education. 33, 1, p. 91-105 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
teacher
classroom
professionalism
university
Teaching

Prizes

Strathclyde Medal

Graham Connelly (Recipient), 2 Sep 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2003 2017

Edinburgh Napier University (External organisation)

Graham Connelly (Advisor)
29 May 201731 Mar 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

Scottish Funding Council (External organisation)

Graham Connelly (Member)
12 Jan 2016 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

Impacts

Improving outcomes in the care system

Graham Connelly (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalPolicy and legislation, Professional practice, training and standards, Quality of life and safety

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