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Research Case studies

Sport physical activity and physical culture in the lives of looked after children


Drawing from participatory methods and the mosaic approach, this research explores the lived sport, physical activity and physical education experiences of looked-after children.

Young people in residential children’s homes generated research artefacts that were used to help give voice to a ‘hidden’ group of vulnerable young people with regard their sport experiences in and out of care.

Findings begin to reveal how placement instability disrupts looked-after children’s engagement in sport and physical activity, while institutional constraints while in care can further restrict access. From the young people's perspectives, sport and physical activity offers the potential to develop social capital and social integration.

Research outputs
  • Quarmby, T. & Pickering, K. (Under Review) Looked-after children’s (dis)engagement with sport and physical activity: A systematic review of literature. European Physical Education Review
  • Quarmby, T. & Pickering, K. (2013) Looked-after children’s (dis)engagement with sport, physical activity and physical education. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) 2013 Conference, Brighton.
  • Quarmby, T. (2013) Sport, physical activity and physical education in the lives of looked-after children. Paper presented at the European Educational Research Association (EERA) Sponsored Symposium for Emerging Researchers at the International Association of Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP) 2013 Conference, Warsaw, Poland.
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