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Dr Emma Maynard discusses a new way of helping families in need through the Family Stories model

  • 15 September 2021
  • 1 hour watch

In this edition of the University of Portsmouth's Interdisciplinary Webinar Series, Leïla Choukroune, Professor of International Law and Director of the University of Portsmouth Thematic Area in Democratic Citizenship is joined by Dr Emma Maynard, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in the School of Education and Sociology at the University of Portsmouth.

When Dr Emma Maynard joined the University of Portsmouth in 2010, she was leaving behind a career in social care, working with children and parents with complex social and healthcare needs. Her teaching and research continues to be focussed in that area, and she has been working with early help services in Portsmouth over some years in the development of this project, from a small commission for Dr Wendy Sims-Schouten and herself, through her doctoral research, and onwards. Those services have been adopting some of her findings in their practice, and continued to support her research into developing the Family Stories Model -for empowering sustained change; a proposal to help reduce the "revolving door" of families referred back to services. As the parents in that study reported, schools were one of the pivotal places in which they negotiated challenge, needs, stigma, and acceptance, and so in 2021 Dr Maynard formed a team, and they extended the project to a nationwide (TRIF funded) project; Family Stories in Schools.

In this talk Dr Maynard will present the findings, highlighting the apparent discrepancies between stories of families and schools, the steps schools are taking in response to whole-family needs, and the many questions remaining.

Speaker's Bio 

Emma joined the University of Portsmouth in 2010 having left a career in social care, where she specialised in Early Help practice. Emma now applies theoretical and empirical research to practice, focused on children and families leading complex lives.

Now a Doctor of Education and a Chartered Psychologist her current research interests include: social complexity and health, change and transformation in complex families (Family Stories Project), researching with children and young people, mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and families

As a senior fellow of Advance HE she has held a number of course leadership roles. Her teaching is focused on children and families, safeguarding and psychology in practice settings. She takes a strong interest in building our academic community, and in the well-being of our students.