Dr Cat Hugman is a lecturer in social sciences at Liverpool Hope University, she lives with her partner, 2 dogs and a cat. Cat’s own background as a care-leaver led her to research sociologically the life stories of people, with care-experience, aged 30-80 years old for her doctoral studies. In this research Cat found that the stories people who spent time in care as children can tell of their lives are shaped, albeit not determined, by their time in care and the wider cultural stereotypes of children in care. This work led Cat to become involved with the Care Experienced Conference, where she led the Research and Academic Group and contributed to the reports. Cat is now a core steering group member of the Our Care Our Say project and is passionate about how this event can make space to hear the voices and expertise of people of all ages with care-experience.
Download: Hugman, Catriona (2016) What’s the story? Sociological explorations of the life course narratives of adults with care experience. Doctoral thesis, Northumbria University.
Listen to Cat get interviewed by a bright and funny young woman in care: HERE
Our Care Our Say
If you are a care experience person of any age you can give your views on what the forthcoming Care Review in England should cover and how it should be run complete the “Our Care Our Say“ survey: HERE
The Care Experienced Conference website has a searchable directory of support services and helpful information for care experienced people of all ages created by and for the community. You can access the website via the following website: HERE