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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    Research Output

    Born into care: Evidence of a failed state

    Bilson, A. & Bywaters, P., 1 Sep 2020, In : Children and Youth Services Review. 116, 7 p., 105164.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Creating feminist spaces: occupying hostile environments

    Smith, K., McMahon, G. & Davidson, AC., 10 Jul 2020, In : Feminist Media Studies. 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

  • Cuts both ways: Ethnicity, poverty, and the social gradient in child welfare interventions

    Webb, C., Bywaters, P., Scourfield, J., Davidson, G. & Bunting, L., 1 Aug 2020, In : Children and Youth Services Review. 13 p., 105299.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Projects


    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, ...

    Poverty, child abuse and neglect: Time for a new story

    Brid Featherstone (Keynote speaker)

    Nov 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