Please note membership of the committee is by invitation / nomination only.

Aims and purpose of the committee

  • Promote the development of evidence-based policy and practice through family placement research.
  • Assist CoramBAAF in influencing the development of policy, legislation and guidance across the sector.
  • Disseminate current research findings and identifies gaps.


The group meets three times a year and is chaired by Dr Derek Kirton, Reader in Social Policy and Social Work, University of Kent.

Membership of the committee

  • Nominations are only invited/accepted when vacancies arise.
  • Vacancies are filled by self-nomination by a member of CoramBAAF’s Research Group or by invitation.
  • Nominations to be agreed by members of the RGAC on the basis of an individual’s standing and authority within the research community.
  • Prospective members have to be a member of CoramBAAF’s Research Group to be eligible to be nominated.

How can I find out more about this committee?

Please contact

Members can read the minutes of the committee meetings here.