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 2018

1 Citations

A Four-Nation Comparison of Kinship Care in the UK: The Relationship between Formal Kinship Care and Deprivation

Mccartan, C., Bunting, L., Bywaters, P., Davidson, G., Elliott, M. & Hooper, J., Oct 2018, In : Social Policy and Society. 17, 4, p. 619-635 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
extended family
home care
welfare state
8 Citations
growth modeling

Can volunteers working with sex offenders correctly predict risk?

Bates, A. & Wager, N., 21 Feb 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Sexual Offender Treatment.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
sexual offense
case management

Projects 2011 2018

Family inclusive policy and practice after 'Think Family'

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


Project: ResearchResearch Council

Justice in the aftermath of sexual assault

Wager, N.


Project: ResearchResearch Council