Change that leads to better lives

Dr Carol Robinson, Associate

Dr Carol Robinson

Carol Robinson began her career as a social worker in Essex working mainly with children. She became interested in families with disabled children and was active in developing community projects to support them. In 1980, she moved to Bristol to do a PhD and then followed an research career specialising in studies looking at support services for children and their families. She was a founder member of the Norah Fry Research Centre at the University of Bristol and was a Reader there until 2001.

During her time at the University of Bristol, she had a secondment to the Social Services Inspectorate (now CQC) before becoming Director of the South West Learning Disability Network. In 2006, Carol took up two regional roles, working for both the Valuing People Support Team and the Regional Centre of Excellence in the South West.

Carol has been involved in a wide variety of research and development projects relating to children and young people including Getting a Life (a Department of Health funded but cross government initiative that used person centred planning and partnership working to improve the chances of young people with severe learning disabilities gaining employment) and research on young people with autism gaining paid employment for the Welsh Government. She was also involved in conducting a literature review of supported employment that informed the Valuing Employment Now programme.

For the last 7 years, Carol has been the regional advisor for Preparing for Adulthood in the South West and more recently, in the West Midlands.

Carol has published a number of books and articles and is best known for her work on short breaks and support for families.

Contact Details

Tel: 01225 255 268

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