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Personal Statement

My research interests broadly involve deepening our understanding of key areas of practice in order to improve the experiences and life chances of children and young people in residential child care.  I am currently involved in research looking to identify potential threshold concepts in education for residential child care practitioners.  My largest study to date involved in-depth exploration and theorisation around physical restraint in residential child care.


My teaching is mostly on residential child care, with supporting research, theory and social policy related to child development and the impact of trauma and other forms of adversity on that development.  I lead up the MSc in Advanced Residential Child Care and serve as Vice Convener on the University's research ethics committee.


I joined the University of Strathclyde in 2003 and am simultaneously part of the School of Social Work & Social Policy and CELCIS (the Centre of Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland).  Before coming to the University, I worked in direct practice, management and training in residential treatment for adolescents in the United States and residential child care here in Scotland.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Strathclyde

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Projects 2009 2022

Identifying and Exploring Threshold Concepts in Crisis Intervention

Steckley, L., Sellers, D., Izzo, C. & Mccabe, L.

16/04/18 → …

Project: Non-funded project

Research Output 2005 2018

1 Citation (Scopus)
9 Downloads (Pure)

Catharsis, containment and physical restraint in residential child care

Steckley, L., 1 Sep 2018, In : British Journal of Social Work. 48, 6, p. 1645-1663 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Physical Restraint
Child Care
child care
1 Citation (Scopus)
11 Downloads (Pure)

Digital storytelling using co-production with vulnerable young people

Heron, G. & Steckley, L., 3 Dec 2018, In : Journal of Social Work. 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Decision Making
Child Care
Administrative Personnel
Social Work

Activities 2008 2018

Scottish Institute for Residential Care Conference 2018

Laura Steckley (Keynote/plenary speaker)
5 Jun 20186 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

The Residential Child Care Project's Biannual Instructors' Retreat for Therapeutic Crisis Intervention

Laura Steckley (Speaker)
26 Jun 201828 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference