I obtained my PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2002 in Social Anthropology. From there I worked at the University of Glasgow as a Research Fellow in the Glasgow Centre for the Child & Society. In 2006 I joined the Scottish Childrenâ€™s Reporterâ€™s Administration where I worked on a number of issues related to child protection, youth justice and the participation of Looked After Children in the Childrenâ€™s Hearings System. Throughout this time I was also involved with ChildLine Scotland and helped train new volunteers.
My recent research interests have been focused on the care and permanence planning of Looked After Children, the outcomes of children who have experienced care and young peopleâ€™s views of well-being. I have ongoing interests in the role of children and young people in decision making.
Recent publications are
Hanson, L, Holligan, C. and Adams, M. 2016. â€˜â€˜Looked Afterâ€™ Young Peopleâ€™s Voices: An Actor-Network Theory Analysis.â€™ Childrenâ€™s Geographies, [early access] http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14733285.2016.1157570
Hanson, L. and Henderson G. 2015. The Well-Being of Supported Young People in Scotland. Stirling: SCRA Research Report.
Henderson, G and Hanson, L 2015. Child Protection Orders. Stirling: SCRA Research Report.
Henderson, G., Hanson, L., Kurlus, I., Hunt, M. and Laing, A. 2015. Permanence Planning and Decision Making for Looked After Children In Scotland: Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007. Stirling: SCRA Research Report
Holligan, C., Hanson, L., Henderson, G., and Adams, M. 2014. â€˜The 'Care' of children in need in contemporary Scotland: The role of positivism and performance indicators in official imaginings of childhood and wellbeing.â€™ Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care 13, 1
Hanson, L. and Henderson G. 2012. Children on Supervision Requirements for Five or More Years â€“ Decisions and Outcomes. Stirling: SCRA Research Report