Important Research Takes Off From Venus

imigrationA social work student from Liverpool John Moore’s University has embarked on a crucial study of the experiences and needs of migrant mothers, following a placement at Venus Women’s Centre.

The student, Frances Rogers, said: “I became interested in the diverse experiences of this service user group whilst on my placement at Venus Women’s Centre. I am interested in practical issues they face such as Visa and financial issues but also their experiences of culturally sensitive social work. As part of my MA Social Work degree at John Moore’s University I am conducting a research project into the experiences of women born overseas who have had and raised children in the UK.”

The study seeks to build understanding and practical knowledge around migratory experiences, migration legislation, and the effect this has on the lives of women as individuals and as mothers. The research will use narrative interviews to allow participants to tell their story in their own words. This will help to explore the experiences of migrant women in their role as mothers, and how they have experienced early intervention services and social services on Merseyside.

The study has received ethical approval from Liverpool John Moore’s Faculty Research Ethics Panel. Consequently, the information obtained as part of the study will be anonymised and the opinion of each individual participant will be unidentifiable in the final dissertation and any further publications.

Frances added: “I am currently seeking participants for my study and contacting organisations to enquire whether they have service users who fit the criteria and who would be interested in taking part. The research will be conducted through semi-structured interviews, which is intended to be engaging and participant-led.”

“I aim to gather findings on the diverse experiences ‘migrant’ mothers have of raising their children in the UK, engagement with services and ways in which their needs are met in culturally sensitive ways. I do not have access to interpreters so, unfortunately, I am only able to include in my study women who can access community support services without interpreters.”

If you would like to participate in the study, or if you require any further information, please contact Venus at 0151 474 4744 or emails to