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  • 89 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
20092019
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Biography

 

 

I am a Reader in Children and Family Research, with over 20 years experience in undertaking research within the field of children and young peoples’ social policy and care. My work mainly focuses on disabled childrens’ rights to agency and empowerment within their lives, and within research processes, where I have supported disabled young researchers to be co-leaders of studies on rights and participation. Most recently my focus has centred on child protection issues for disabled children, ensuring that the voices of disabled children and young people’s are heard within studies on abuse, exploitation and domestic violence.  I have combined a research career in academia and within the voluntary sector where I have been able to apply my research to maximise policy and practice impact.

Research Interests

Disabled childhood studies; rights, agency, participation, participatory methodologies, child protection, child exploitation, inclusion of disabled children and young people, transtition to adulthood, evidence to inform practice.

Vision Statement

I hope that through research which empowers all children and young people and enables them to express their voices, we can improve their childhoods and subsequent life chances. Making research accessible to them as participants, through hearing the voices of those seldom heard or through empowering approaches which facilitate co-researching and co-producing research, we can understand how to better support children and improve their lives. All children have a right to be heard, protected, supported and included in society, child-centred research can provide the lens through which to examine if their rights are being met and provide the evidence to inform practice and policy improvement.

Education/Academic qualification

Social Policy and Social Work , Doctorate, University of York

Keywords

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • children
  • disabled children
  • child abuse and neglect
  • rights
  • inequality
  • participation
  • social policy
  • social Justice
  • child welfare
  • participatory methods
  • co-production

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Research Output 2009 2019

Being young, disabled and LGBT+: Societal perceptions, challenges and the negotiation of identities.

Toft, A., Franklin, A. & Langley, E., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Young disabled and LGBT+: Voices, intersections, identities. Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Identifying as young, disabled and bisexual within Evangelical Christianity

Toft, A., Langley, E. & Franklin, A., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Bisexuality, Spirituality, Identity: Critical Perspectives. Routledge, Vol. (In-Press). p. (In-Press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The experiences of young disabled LGBT+ people accessing support and information in the UK.

Toft, A., Franklin, A. & Langley, E., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Young disabled and LGBT: Voices, intersections, identities. Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Young disabled and LGBT+: Negotiating Identity

Toft, A., Franklin, A. & Langley, E., 8 Jan 2019, In : Journal of LGBT Youth. (In-press), p. (In-press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

sexuality
gender
social inequality
Society

Young disabled and LGTB+: Voices, intersections, identities

Toft, A. (ed.), Franklin, A. (ed.) & Langley, E. (ed.), 2019, (Accepted/In press) Routledge.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Activities 2011 2015

  • 11 Participation in conference

UK Disabled Children’s Research Network Conference

Anita Franklin (Speaker)
24 Jun 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Safeguarding Conference: Update for Named and Designated Professionals in Health

Anita Franklin (Speaker)
2 Feb 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Making Ourselves Heard Disabled Children’s participation Conference

Anita Franklin (Speaker)
1 Nov 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Inclusion Finland

Anita Franklin (Speaker)
1 Nov 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Scottish Universities Insight Institute Conference on: Getting it Right for Looked after Disabled Children

Anita Franklin (Speaker)
17 Apr 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Press / Media