Jason's research interests include exploring gender and sexuality (particularly professional ideas of), leadership in social work and social work with children and families. He has undertaken and led a number of research studies using a range of methods including large-scale quantitative analysis, multi-system case studies and in-depth qualitative analysis. He is keen to improve the engagement of social work with evidence-based research.
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, Principal Investigator.
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: Professor Paul Montgomery
PROSPer Study: Supporting survivors of sexual violence: a mixed methods, co-research study of the role, funding and commissioning of specialist services provided by the voluntary sector in England. National Institute of Health Research, Health Services and Delivery Research Programme, (£820,000) September 2019 – June 2022, Co-Investigator.
Multi-phase co-produced study of sex abuse and rape clinics (SARCs), their engagement with voluntary services, and how they support survivors of sexual violence.
AutOnoME: Experiences of information and communicative technologies from the perspective of autistic gender minority youth: A photo elicitation study Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (via INQYR) (estimated cost £46,424 – funded £26,424) October 2020 - October 2021. Principal Investigator. With Dr. Daragh McDermott (Anglia Ruskin), Dr Sam Martin (University of Oxford), Dr Kate Rimes (King’s College, London), Dr Begonya Grau (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya).
This project uses photo elicitation to understand how autistic transgender and non binary young people engage and navigate ICT, particularly gaming and social media.