The School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University has had an extensive and highly productive relationship with DFW Adoption over a number of years. This has been built on the success of a CASE studentship, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, which has produced a major research study into the factors contributing to successful adoptive family life. This study, conducted by Dr Christine Jones with the support of colleagues at the University and at DFW, is already having a significant influence in informing both the academic literature and adoption practice at both national and international levels. The commitment of DFW to being a learning led, research informed agency is exemplary and provides a tangible model for developing evidence based practice in the field.
We have built on the success of our research collaboration well and DFW has offered the University a series of high quality placements for our Master of Social Work students who have benefited from the range of specialist knowledge offered by the DFW team, as well as broad based learning opportunities relating to DFW’s services. Students have been offered excellent supervision and have been integrated well into the team as a direct result of colleagues’ enthusiasm and generosity.
I am passionate about the work of the agency and look forward many more years of fruitful collaboration between DFW Adoption and the University.
Professor Simon Hackett
Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences