Sinead is a research at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, Galway. The centre undertakes research, education and training in the area of Family Support and Youth Development with an emphasis on prevention and early intervention for children and young people experiencing adversity. It is equally focused on knowledge creation around ‘what works’ in the real world of practice and on utilising community based approaches to working with and for young people. With the support of UNESCO we work on a range of international collaborations in relation to education programmes and policy initiatives.
Sinead is currently conducting PhD research on the experience of incarcerated mothers and their children in Ireland. Sinead’s research is concerned with how motherhood is accommodated within the Irish Prison System.
Sinead’s current project uses a mixed method approach. It seeks to identify how many female prisoners are mothers, how many children are affected by a mother’s imprisonment, and the current care arrangements of such children. It will then move on, using a narrative inducing approach, to explore the experiences of incarcerated mothers in relation to the separation from their children and their sense of motherhood. It will also explore the experiences of children and young people in relation to having a mother in prison.
Sinead qualified with an MA in Social Work from NUI Galway in October 2013. Sinead also holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology and Spanish from NUI Galway. Sinead is currently tutoring a module in the NUI Galway entitled Problems in Politics and Sociology. The module explores relevant topics such as criminology (including feminist criminology), socialisation, religion and gender inequalities. Sinead’s prior experience involves work with Child Protection and Welfare, Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS), the Simon Community (the homeless community) and the Galway Traveller Movement.
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