Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research

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The Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research (CACYFR) is an internationally renowned centre of excellence for innovative research that tackles some of the most entrenched social problems impacting children, youth and families. Established for over 25 years, CACYFR is a dynamic space for innovating thinking and practice, including influencing policy in response to current issues affecting children, youth and families.

The Centre comprises a multi-disciplinary team of highly regarded academics from across the University drawn from areas including social work, health, social policy, sociology, political science, psychology and education. The Centre hosts a vibrant postgraduate research community including students from overseas in fully equipped state of the art facilities.

We have undertaken a wide range of research, evaluation and development projects, working with a variety of local, national and international partners. These have included the EU FP7 COPING project concerning the needs of children of imprisoned parents, UNICEF projects to inform National Action Plans on child sexual abuse, ground breaking research concerned with Child Welfare Inequalities and Re-imagining Child Protection, European funded projects on child and youth participation, a portfolio of local and national evaluations and funding from the EU and large scale funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund to establish an innovative initiative involving use of on line gaming to reduce domestic violence.

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child protection Social Sciences
Child Abuse Medicine & Life Sciences
abuse Social Sciences
Research Medicine & Life Sciences
England Medicine & Life Sciences
Mentors Medicine & Life Sciences
prisoner Social Sciences
Social Work Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2000 2019

Child protection and social inequality: Editorial

Bywaters, P., Featherstone, B. & Morris, K., 30 Jan 2019, In : Social Sciences. 8, 2, 42.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
child protection
social inequality
government policy
4 Citations (Scopus)

Poverty, inequality, child abuse and neglect: Changing the conversation across the UK in child protection?

Featherstone, B., Morris, K., Daniel, B., Bywaters, P., Brady, G., Bunting, L., Mason, W. & Mirza, N., Feb 2019, In : Children and Youth Services Review. 97, p. 127-133 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Child Abuse
child protection

Recognition, inclusion and democracy: learning from action research with young people

Percy-Smith, B., McMahon, G. & Thomas, N., 17 Feb 2019, In : Educational Action Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

action research

Projects 2011 2018

PEER: Participation, Experiences and Empowerment for Roma Youth

Percy-Smith, B.


Project: ResearchEU Government

PARTISPACE: Spaces and styles of participation

Percy-Smith, B.


Project: ResearchEU Government

Family inclusive policy and practice after 'Think Family'

Featherstone, B., Tew, J., Morris, K. & White, S.


Project: ResearchResearch Council

Activities 2013 2019

  • 5 Invited talk
  • 3 Editorial work
  • 1 Oral presentation

Ethnic inequalities in children's social care: why the silence?

Paul Bywaters (Speaker)
13 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Addressing Poverty and Child Welfare Intervention: what do we need to do differently in Scotland?

Paul Bywaters (Speaker)
9 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

What can we learn from elsewhere

Paul Bywaters (Speaker)
19 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk