Dr Nicola Farrelly
School of Social Work, Care and Community
Nicola Farrelly is a research associate with the School of Social Work, Care and Community. Her research focuses on the needs of children and young people, particularly those who have experienced forms of harm and abuse, and engaging children and young people in research on issues that affect them.
Nicola has worked as a research associate within the School of Social Work, Care and Community since 2009.
As a member of the Connect Centre for International Research on Interpersonal Violence and Harm, she has undertaken several large-scale studies focussing on interventions aimed at preventing harm and abuse for children and young people:
The Evaluation of Speak Out Stay Safe (TESSE): an independent mixed-method evaluation of a programme developed and delivered by the NSPCC in primary schools across the UK to help young children recognise and seek help around child abuse and domestic violence, neglect, bullying and wider peer violence.
Her PhD: Domestic violence prevention for children: an evaluation of a primary school-based programme also examined, qualitatively and quantitatively, primary school children’s experiences of a relationship education intervention which sought to support children around issues such as domestic violence, child abuse, online abuse and peer violence.
Preventing Domestic Abuse for Children (PEACH): an overview of interventions aimed at preventing domestic violence, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, identified and collated evidence relating to preventive interventions for children and young people in the general population.
She, therefore, has considerable expertise in engaging with younger children on sensitive issue and in facilitating children and young people to contribute to research.
Beyond the Connect Centre, Nicola has completed evaluations of services for looked after children and care leavers: Evaluation of a Leaving Care Service a mixed-methods evaluation of an independent care leavers service; Evaluation of Social Work Practices (SWP): a large-scale evaluation of a national pilot exploring new ways of providing social work services to looked after children and young people.
Nicola has also completed qualitative studies with children and young people, including Biehal, N., Wade, J., Farrelly, N., & Sinclair, I. (2011). Caring for abused and neglected children: Making the right decisions for reunification or long-term care. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Prior to working within the field of social work research, Nicola worked for several years supporting looked after children and young people leaving care with the Together Trust and as a support worker with children and young people with learning disabilities. She, therefore, has a long-standing interest in the needs and experiences of vulnerable children and children and young people who have lived with trauma.
- PhD Social Sciences, The University of Central Lancashire, 2020
- MA Applied Social Research, The University of Manchester, 2005
- BA Hons, Sociology, University of York, 1998
- Interpersonal violence and harm
- Child abuse and harm
- Primary prevention
- Evaluation of school-based programmes
- Looked after children and care leavers
- Interventions for children and young people
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- View their unique and persistent identifier on the ORCiD registry
- Full list of publications and articles on CLoK
- Connect Centre for International Research on Interpersonal Violence and Harm
- The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation
- 2021-2022 Learning with and from Peer Research and Social Action (Youth Endowment Foundation)
- 2021 – 2022 Evaluation of the Bystander Intervention
- 2021–2022 Reaching In: Supporting Impactful and inclusive participation (in health-related) public decision-making with marginalised children in Europe (OSF)
- 2020-2021 Domestic Abuse: Harnessing Learning internationally under Covid-19 (DAHLIA-19)
- 2020-2021 Evaluation of Women’s Aid and SafeLives Roadmap Programme
- 2019-2020 Evaluation of Speak Out. Stay Safe, NSPCC
- 2015 Evaluation of a Leaving Care Service
- 2013-2014 Preventing Domestic Abuse for Children (PEACH), an overview of interventions aimed at preventing domestic violence
- 2012-2013 A study of disabled children’s experience of living with low income
- 2009-2011 Evaluation of Social Work Practices (SWP)
- 2008-2009 A study of inclusive education for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder in secondary schools
- 2007-2008 A study of outcomes for abused and neglected children
- Farrelly, N.; Batool, F. (2021) Learning about Domestic Abuse for Primary School Children in the Context of an Integrated Programme. In Barter, C. (Chair) Complex or Complicated: Evaluating complex and integrated domestic abuse (DA) prevention and intervention initiatives at 4th European Conference on Domestic Violence, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 13-15 September 2021
- Farrelly, N. and Batool, F. (2021) Conducting research on understandings of interpersonal violence and neglect with younger children. In Stanley, N. (Chair) Developing and Evaluating New Models for Intervening in Interpersonal Violence Symposium at 3rd International Conference on Interpersonal Violence Interventions – Social and Cultural Perspectives, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, 9-11 June 2021
- Farrelly, N. (2021) ‘It’s about my body and I need to know about that: children’s responses to a school-based relationships programme tackling forms of harm and abuse. Connect Centre Webinar, University of Central Lancashire, 3rd February 2021
- Farrelly, N. (2019) Domestic violence prevention for children: an evaluation of a primary school-based programme. In Stanley, N. (Chair) Prevention and intervention with those exposed to or at risk of domestic violence, including children and young people Symposium at 3rd European Conference on Domestic Violence, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway, 1-4 September 2019
- Farrelly, N. (2018) Protecting children from domestic abuse: primary school prevention. Workshop presented at the Connect Centre for International Research on Interpersonal Violence and Harm Conference, Preston, 3rd October 2018.
- Farrelly, N. (2018) Protecting Children from Domestic Abuse: The Challenges of Delivering and Evaluating a Prevention Programme for Young Children in Schools. Poster presented at BASPCAN 10th international congress: Thinking Outside the Box: innovative perspectives on protecting children and young people, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, 8–11 April, 2018.
- Farrelly, N. (2017) Protecting Children from Domestic Abuse: The Challenges of Delivering and Evaluating a Prevention Programme for Young Children in Schools. Paper presented at the 2nd European Conference on Domestic Violence, University of Porto, Portugal, 6-9 September 2017.
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