Looked After and Accommodated Children
This PhD project, funded by the Chief Scientist Office, aims to understand whether the experience of being looked after by a local authority has implications for the way in which adolescents learn about sexual health and engage with sexual health services. The study will explore whether the relationships that looked after young people have with care givers, and the care trajectories that they experience, influence their sexual behaviours and engagement with services. Catherine Nixon will conduct in-depth interviews with looked after young people (aged 13-15), care leavers (16-17) and service providers, carers and policy makers. She is supervised by Marion Henderson and Lawrie Elliott (Edinburgh Napier University). It is hoped that this research will, through providing understandings of the sexual health needs of looked after young people and care leavers, influence health policy and eventually contribute to the development of more appropriate interventions.