Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Dr Justin Rogers

A Lecturer in Social Work with expertise in fostering and adoption

Justin Rogers

Lecturer in Social Work

PhD, BA, Dip, MRes
3 East 3.2c
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5804

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My research interests are in the area of child welfare and child protection. These interests stem from my experiences working as a social worker in local authority family placement teams. I have a particular interest in the ways that children and young people in public care, are looked after by the state.

My recent PhD study, explored the experiences of young people growing up in foster care in the United Kingdom. The thesis used the concept of social capital, to understand the ways that the young people maintained and built their relationships, whilst growing up in a context where they experienced disruption to their social networks. The study found that the stigma of being 'in care' impacted on the young people’s day to day lives, and the ways they developed their relationships. Findings also showed the importance of web2.0 technologies and how access to social media influenced the participants' ability to maintain their social capital.

I am currently developing research proposals in order to explore European policy and practice responses, to the care of unaccompanied refugee children and young people. This research will draw on the sociology of childhood, and aim to capture the lived experiences of refugee children and young people.

I teach on the undergraduate social work programme at the University of Bath. Convening a first year unit that provides students with an introduction to social work practice. I also convene a final year unit on working with children and families, which focuses on the practice of child protection in the United Kingdom.

Research interests

  • Child Welfare
  • Child Protection
  • Fostering and Adoption
  • Refugee Children and Young People
  • Unnacompanied Asylum Seeking Children and Young People
  • Social Work Education


Book Sections

Rogers, J., 2014. Fostering and adoption. In: Teater, B., ed. Contemporary Social Work Practice. Maidenhead, U. K.: Open University Press, pp. 27-39.


Rogers, J., 2017. Eco-maps and photo-elicitation: Reflections on the use of visual methods in social work research with children and young people. Journal of Applied Youth Studies, 1 (4), pp. 59-74.

Rogers, J., 2017. A memorial for Beatrice Godwin, researcher, social worker and activist with older people. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 18 (1), 81 - 82.

Williams, T. P. and Rogers, J., 2016. Rejecting 'the child', embracing 'childhood':conceptual and methodological issues for researching with children. International Social Work, 59 (6), pp. 734-744.

Rogers, J., 2016. ‘Different’ and ‘Devalued’:managing the stigma of foster care with the benefit of peer support. British Journal of Social Work

Rogers, J., 2012. Anti-Oppressive Social Work Research:Reflections on Power in the Creation of Knowledge. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 31 (7), pp. 866-879.

Conference or Workshop Items

Rogers, J., Robb, M., Forsey, P., Tweedie, L. and Cook, T., 2017. Co-production and progression opportunities in Mental Health Creative Support Services. In: International Conference on Culture, health and wellbeing, 2017-06-19 - 2017-06-21, Bristol City Hall.

Rogers, J., Carr, S. and Hickman, C., 2017. Photo-voice with unaccompanied asylum seeking children living in foster care in the United Kingdom. In: International Conference on Practice Research, 2017-05-22 - 2017-05-25, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Rogers, J., 2017. Shifting perceptions: Participatory research with unaccompanied asylum seeking young people living in foster care in the United Kingdom. In: European Conference for Social Work Research, 2017-04-19 - 2017-04-21, University of Aalborg.

Rogers, J., 2016. Preserving relationships and maintaining social capital:the experiences of young people living in foster care in the United Kingdom. In: Youth Divide and Youth Inclusion, 2016-06-15 - 2016-06-25, Hong Kong Baptist University.

Rogers, J., 2016. Managing the stigma of foster care with the support of friends. In: European Conference for Social Work Research, 2016-03-30 - 2016-04-01, Catholic University of Portugal.

Rogers, J., 2016. Preserving and memorialising relationships:exploring young people’s experiences of foster care through the lens of social capital. In: EUSARF 2016 XIV International Conference, 2016-09-13 - 2016-09-16, University of Oviedo.

Rogers, J., 2015. Utilizing visual methods to explore young people's experiences of foster care. In: European Conference For Social Work Research, 2015-04-21 - 2015-04-24, Grand Union Hotel.

Rogers, J. M., 2014. The stigma of being ‘in care’:Ambivalent feelings of exclusion and belonging. In: Global Social Science Conference, 2014-04-10 - 2014-04-13, Hong Kong Baptist University.

Rogers, J., 2013. Disrupted networks and continuing bonds: Exploring young people’s experiences of foster care using a social capital approach. In: 50th Anniversary Social Work Symposium, 2013-05-29 - 2013-05-31.

Rogers, J., 2013. Preserving social capital: the opportunities and challenges that web 2.0 creates for young people in foster care. In: Youth 2.0 International workshop, 2013-03-20 - 2013-03-22.

Rogers, J., 2012. ‘The importance of a conceptual framework in research with children and young people in foster care’. In: European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents 12th World Conference., 2012-09-04 - 2013-09-06.


Rogers, J., 2015. Exploring young people’s experiences of foster care using a social capital approach:Disrupted networks and continuing bonds. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). Social & Policy Sciences.

Non-academic press

Rogers, J., 2017. Routinely separating siblings in public care is unacceptable. The Conversation

Rogers, J., 2017. There is space for lone refugee children in Britain, but the government isn’t trying to find it. The Conversation

Rogers, J., 2017. Leaving care is hard enough without the system favouring those who are fostered. The Conversation

Rogers, J., 2015. The government must match public support for fostering refugees. The Guardian

Rogers, J., 2014. Stronger contact with previous carers would give foster children a greater sense of belonging. The Conversation

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