Professor Nigel Patrick Thomas

Patrick’s research embraces child welfare, children’s rights and theories of childhood, with a particular focus on children and young people’s participation. He has researched with children in care, young carers, school pupils and members of youth councils, using a range of innovative participatory methods. He is an Associate Director and co-founder of The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation. For seven years he co-edited the journal Children & Society, following which he chaired the editorial board for ten years. He is internationally known for his work on children and young people’s participation, and featured in the book Key Thinkers in Childhood Studies. In 2022 and 2024 he was included in Hodge and Turner’s ranking of ‘the 100 Most Impactful Global Contributors to Social Work Publications’.