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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Harla Sara Octarra

Harla Sara Octarra
Harla Sara Octarra
Social Policy School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh United Kingdom EH8 9LN
Research Interests
Policy Processes, Children's Services, Inter-agency work, Children's Rights

PhD Title

Making visible inter-agency working processes in children's services

Research focus:

My research looks at practices of working together in Scotland's children’s services. It is conducted within the context of Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) implementation. GIRFEC is the Scottish Government approach to improving outcomes for children. It requires agencies in each local authority to work together in order to deliver appropriate and timely services for children and families. The recently introduced Named Person service for every child from birth to 18 years of age is changing partnership working across services, and my research analyses the complexity that this service brings. 


Professor Kay Tisdall (lead supervisor) and Professor John M Davis


MSc in Childhood Studies from University of Edinburgh, UK

Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Atma Jaya Catholic University, Indonesia


Octarra, H.S. and Hendriati, A. (in press) "‘Old, borrowed, and renewed’: A Review of Early Childhood Education Policy in Post-Reform Indonesia". Policy Futures in Education.

Octarra, H.S. (2016) What does working together look like?’ Using Institutional Ethnography to Reveal Complexities of Interagency Working in Children’s Services[Conference Paper]. SSSP Annual Meeting, 18 - 21 August 2016, Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), Seattle - WA, USA

Octarra, H.S. (2016) ‘The Named Person: A Service or a Person' [Conference Presentation]. CRFR International Conference, 13 - 15 June 2016, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR), Edinburgh, Scotland

H.S. Octarra for Mata Garuda (2015). Mencari Bentuk-Bentuk Kemitraan dan Partisipasi dalam Perlindungan Anak (In search of forms of partnership and participation in child protection) [Online].

Octarra, H.S. (2014) ‘The Reinvention of the UNCRC in Indonesia' [Conference Presentation]. '25 Years Convention on the Rights of the Child' International Conference, 17 - 19 November 2014, UNICEF & Leiden Law School, University of Leiden, The Netherlands

Octarra, H.S. (2014) ‘Goodbye, Street Life’: Assuming the Best Interests of Street Children in Indonesia [Conference Paper]. The 10th Joint Area Centers Symposium ‘Children and Globalization: Issues, Policies and Initiatives’,10-12 April, 2014, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, Illinois USA

Octarra, H.S., Nurpatria, I., and Moeliono, L. (2010). Seluk Beluk Hak-Hak Anak (Pocket Book of Children’s Rights). Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Republic of Indonesia.

Moeliono, L., Nurpatria, I., and Octarra, H.S. (2010). Demi Kepentingan Terbaik Anak: Sebuah manual untuk pelatihan hak-hak anak (For the best interest of the child: A manual for children’s rights training). Yayasan ARTI, Jakarta.

Irwanto, Octarra, H.S., and Nurpatria, I. (2009). Rapid Situation Analysis of Health Status and Unsafe Sex Practices of Street Children in Jakarta and Existing Responses to Address Them [Report].  World Health Organization (WHO) Jakarta.

Sunarno, N., Octarra, H.S., and Natalia, S. (2008). Baseline Study on Street Children in East Jakarta [Report]. International Labour Organization (ILO/IPEC) and ARTI Foundation, Jakarta.


Gladstone's Library 2017 Scholar

The University of Edinburgh Principal's Go Abroad Fund 2016

Indonesia Education Scholarship of the Indonesian Government, managed and administered by Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP), Ministry of Finance. Awarded to study for a PhD in Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh 2013/2017

Chevening Scholarship of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom. Awarded to study for an MSc in Childhood Studies at the University of Edinburgh 2012/2013