Willem’s research interests include LGBTQ populations, mental health, help-seeking behaviours and digital interventions.
- LGBTQ+ young people's experiences of social care
- What Works for Children’s Social Care and other What Works Centres (£267,000) April 2021 – March 2023, Research Fellow.
Two linked studies: the first qualitatively assesses the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth in residential care, the second evaluates an LGBTQ+ training programme for social workers working with LGBTQ+ young people. This project is the first in the UK to gather experiences of LGBTQ+ young people in residential care, and to understand what works and what needs to change to improve LGBTQ knowledge for social workers. Both studies are co-produced, working with stakeholder groups including youth, carers, social workers, support organisations and policymakers that are connected to LGBTQ+ young people.
With: Dr Jason Schaub (Principal Investigator) and Professor Paul Montgomery (Co-investigator).