Resources

‘Supporting separated migrant children to thrive during COVID-19’

Interview Call for Foster Carers, Host Families or Residential Workers who have been caring for separated migrant children during the pandemic.

If you are a:

  • Foster carer
  • Host family
  • or a residential worker

who have been caring for separated migrant children during the pandemic, we would like to invite you for an interview for our research study. The research is about the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on separated children and young people up to age 18.

The interviews will be carried out online and last between 45 minutes and one hour. We will ask your experiences of caring for separated child(ren) during the Covid 19 pandemic and related restrictions, with a focus on how these have impacted the services, support and social connectivity for separated children.

Please see the attached information sheet for further details. If you are interested in participating or want to find out more please get in touch with Paul Rigby paul.rigby@stir.ac.uk

We would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have before deciding whether to take part.

About our Research

Our research is focused on the impact on young people’s connectivity to support networks, to education, social work and legal services, and to peers. We are running a series of arts and ESOL workshops with young people exploring their experiences of the pandemic, interviews with professionals and carers who support young people, and a survey of local authorities’ responses to the crisis. Although there are a number of studies focused on Covid 19 and migration, to our knowledge none are focusing specifically on separated children, reflecting broader hierarchies of marginalisation in which separated children’s distinct needs are often overlooked. The study aims to fill this exact gap in knowledge.

RESOURCES

Article

Native-English-Speaking Teachers: Disconnections between theory, research, and practice Copland F, Mann S & Garton S (2020) Native-English-Speaking Teachers: Disconnections between theory, research, and practice. TESOL Quarterly, 54 (2), pp. 348-374. https://doi.org/10.1002/tesq.548


Research Report

Befriending Services for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children in Scotland Scott J, Grant M, Rigby P & Engstrom S (2019) Befriending Services for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children in Scotland. Scottish Government / EU Integration Strategy. Stirling: University of Stirling.


Consultancy Report

Towards best practice in educating and supporting separated children in Scotland: Executive Summary Lucas SE, Grant M & Burns A (2019) Towards best practice in educating and supporting separated children in Scotland: Executive Summary. Glasgow Clyde Education Foundation and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Glasgow. https://www.scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Towards_Best_Practice_Separated_Children_report_2019.pdf


Book Chapter

Reflecting on the ethics of researching communication in superdiverse contexts Copland F (2018) Reflecting on the ethics of researching communication in superdiverse contexts. In: Creese A & Blackledge A (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Language and Superdiversity. Routledge Handbooks in Applied Linguistics. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 133-146. https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-of-Language-and-Superdiversity/Creese-Blackledge/p/book/9781138905092


Article

Teaching English to young learners: supporting the case for the bilingual native English speaker teacher Copland F & Yonetsugi E (2016) Teaching English to young learners: supporting the case for the bilingual native English speaker teacher. Classroom Discourse, 7 (3), pp. 221-238. https://doi.org/10.1080/19463014.2016.1192050


Edited Book

Linguistic Ethnography: Interdisciplinary Explorations Snell J, Shaw S & Copland F (eds.) (2015) Linguistic Ethnography: Interdisciplinary Explorations. Palgrave Advances in Language and Linguistics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137035028


Authored Book

Linguistic Ethnography: collecting, analysing and presenting data Copland F & Creese A (2015) Linguistic Ethnography: collecting, analysing and presenting data. London: SAGE. http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book239462


Research Report

Responding to Unaccompanied Minors in Scotland: Policy and Local Authority Perspectives Rigby P, Fotopoulou M, Rogers A & Manta A (2018) Responding to Unaccompanied Minors in Scotland: Policy and Local Authority Perspectives. University of Stirling. Stirling: University of Stirling.


Article

Problematising separated children: a policy analysis of the UK ‘Safeguarding Strategy: Unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children’ Rigby P, Fotopoulou M, Rogers A, Manta A & Dikaiou M (2019) Problematising separated children: a policy analysis of the UK ‘Safeguarding Strategy: Unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies p. 18. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183x.2019.1694407