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
Sexual Child Abuse Medicine & Life Sciences
Research Medicine & Life Sciences
Child Abuse Medicine & Life Sciences
abuse Social Sciences
England Medicine & Life Sciences
Social Work Medicine & Life Sciences
social work Social Sciences

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Research Output 2000 2019

Action research with young people: possibilities and ‘messy realities’

Percy-Smith, B., Cuconato, M., Reutlinger, C. & Thomas, N. P., 1 Sep 2019, In : Discourse. Journal of Childhood and Adolescence Research. 2019, 3, p. 255-270 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

action research
youth research
Child Care
Professional Practice
Social Environment

'Changing and Competing Conceptions of Risk and Their Implications for Public Health Approaches to Child Protection'

Parton, N., 15 May 2019, Re-visioning Public Health Approaches to Protecting Children. Lonne, B., Scott, D., Higgins, D. & Herrenkohl, T. (eds.). Switzerland, p. 65-78 14 p. (Child Maltreatment: Contemporary Issues in Research and Policy; no. 9).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

child protection
public health

Projects 2011 2018

Activities 2005 2019

The Listening Guide in Feminist Narrative Research

Kate Smith (Organiser), Kelly Lockwood (Organiser)
14 Nov 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Exploring the everyday lived experiences of young Muslim women about the hijab: reflections from the inside

Berenice Golding (Speaker), Leonie Jackson (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Nafhesa Ali (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
23 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Can Dundee contraception scheme break the cycle of children in care?

Brigid Featherstone


2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Leaving Neverland

Nadia Wager


2 items of Media coverage, 6 Media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment