Dr Linda CusworthResearch Fellow
Linda joined Lancaster University in May 2017 as a Senior Research Associate in the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research, and is based in the Law School. She is working on the Nuffield-funded national study of supervision orders and special guardianship, with Professor Judith Harwin. Linda also continues to work on the Permanently Progressing project, in collaboration with the University of Stirling (more info here).
Linda is now a Research Fellow, and Co-Investigator/lead researcher on the £2.2million Nuffield-Funded Family Justice Observatory Data Partnership, led by Professor Karen Broadhurst (Sociology, Lancaster University) and Professor David Ford (SAIL Databank, Swansea University).
Linda is an experienced quantitative social researcher, with expertise in secondary analysis, data linkage and management, survey (including online survey) design and analysis. She has made extensive use of administrative and cohort data sources (including the Born in Bradford birth cohort, Health Episode Statistics, National Pupil Database, and looked after children/children in need datasets in England and Scotland), as well as collecting primary quantitative data, and has recent experience of linking multiple sources of cohort data, administrative data and primary data.
Linda’s main research interests centre on child well-being and improving child outcomes, particularly those for children in or on the margins of the care system. Having worked for 10 years in the Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of York, she has worked on a range of projects relating to child protection, child well-being and family justice. Most recently she was a co-investigator on a 2-year ESRC-funded project (2014-16) comparing outcomes for children who enter care due to concerns about maltreatment, with similar children who remain at home and are the subject of a Child Protection Plan (CPP), and co-investigator on a study (2014-2018) funded by British Association of Adoption and Fostering (Scotland), looking at the experiences, outcomes, and pathways to permanence for children who were accommodated under the age of five in Scotland. Linda is now a Research Fellow at Lancaster, and Co-Investigator/lead researcher on the Nuffield-funded Family Justice Observatory Data Partnership.
Dr Cusworth's research interests focus on child well-being, improving child outcomes for vulnerable children and young people, child protection, looked after children, care leavers, and permenance pathways for children unable to live with their birth parents. She is interested in the secondary analysis of administrative data, cohort data, and data linkage, and experienced in (online) survey design, administration and analysis.
Disentangling the effect of out-of-home care on child mental health
Baldwin, H., Biehal, N., Cusworth, L.S., Wade, J., Allgar, V. 1/02/2019 In: Child Abuse & Neglect. 88, p. 189-200. 12 p.
In-home support or out of home care?: Thresholds for intervention with abused and neglected children
Biehal, N., Baldwin, H., Cusworth, L.S., Wade, J., Allgar, V. 06/2018 In: Children and Youth Services Review. 89, p. 263-271. 9 p.
Mind-mindedness in parents of looked-after children
Fishburn, S., Meins, E., Greenhow, S., Jones, C., Hackett, S., Biehal, N., Baldwin, H., Cusworth, L., Wade, J. 1/10/2017 In: Developmental Psychology. 53, 10, p. 1954-1965. 12 p.
Transforming Community Health Services for Children and Young People who are Ill: A quasi-experimental evaluation
Spiers, G., Allgar, V., Richardson, G., Thurland, K., Hinde, S., Birks, Y., Gridley, K., Duncan, H., Clarke, S., Cusworth, L.S., Parker, G. 09/2016 In: Health Services and Delivery Research. 4, 25, p. 1-222. 222 p.
Keeping children safe: allegations concerning the abuse or neglect of children in care
Biehal, N., Cusworth, L.S., Wade, J. 2014 London : NSPCC. 146 p.
Care closer to home for children and young people who are ill: developing and testing a model of service delivery and organization
Parker, G., Spiers, G., Cusworth, L., Birks, Y., Gridley, K., Mukherjee, S. 09/2012 In: Journal of Advanced Nursing. 68, 9, p. 2034-2046. 13 p.
Understanding care closer to home for ill children and young people
Spiers, G., Gridley, K., Cusworth, L., Mukherjee, S., Parker, G., Heaton, J., Atkin, K., Birks, Y., Lowson, K., Wright, D. 7/06/2012 In: Nursing Children and Young People. 24, 5, p. 29-34. 6 p.
Health, work and well-being: A study of the Coordinator and Challenge Fund Initiatives
Sainsbury, R., Weston, K., Corden, A., Irvine, A., Cusworth, L.S. 2012 Department for Work and Pensions. 131 p. Electronic ISBN: 9781908523914.
Multi-agency transition services: greater collaboration needed to meet the priorities of young disabled people with complex needs as they move into adulthood
Clarke, S.E., Sloper, T., Moran, N.E., Cusworth, L.S., Franklin, A., Beecham, J. 2011 In: Journal of Integrated Care. 19, 5, p. 30-40. 11 p.
The Impact of Parental Employment: Young people, well-being and educational achievement
Cusworth, L.S. 2009 London : Ashgate. 243 p. ISBN: 0754675594.
DSI: Establishment of a Data Platform and Analytics Service for the Family Justice Observatory and the provision of research and results to the FJO and general public.
01/01/2019 → 30/06/2023
01/12/2017 → 31/12/2018
Lancaster University Research Staff Association (External organisation)
Membership of committee
Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (Journal)
XIV International Conference of the European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care (EUSARF)
Participation in conference
- Centre for Child and Family Justice Research
- DSI - Society