This has long been a well-established research strand at UCLan, mainly focussing on the key areas of child protection, children’s rights, looked after children and a range of evaluations of major initiatives. We recently led the national evaluation of Social Work Practices for DfE in England, and have also conducted major quantitative studies of child abuse and protection. We established The Centre in 2008 to research and promote children and young people’s participation, inclusion and empowerment, and to work with children and young people as co- researchers. We have a major and expanding programme of research into domestic and family violence. We have been involved in evaluating Children’s Commissioners in Wales and Northern Ireland, and are co-founders of the international Research Group on Ombudspersons for Children. We have also studied child trafficking and child migrants, looked after children and juvenile justice, and have advised internationally on service standards, community-based support and legislation for child care systems. Much of our research has an international perspective: recent projects have been carried out in Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Australia, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Peru. We have undertaken research and consultancy for a wide range of organisations and agencies including in the UK: BASPCAN, Children’s Commissioner for England, Children’s Fund, Department for Education and Skills, ESRC, NCH, NSPCC and NIHR. Our international research has included work for: EveryChild, National Children’s Office Ireland, Save the Children, UNDP, UNICEF and World Vision International.
Seminar series – Children and Social Justice (.pdf 207KB)
Evaluation of Action for Children Adoption Black Families Service
Dr Julie Ridley, Dr John Wainwright
Evaluation of Social Work Practices
Professor Nicky Stanley
Professor Andy Bilson:
Professor Nigel Thomas: