Child Well-being and Protection

The research group underpins the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection and brings together staff from across the University of Stirling who are engaged in research of relevance to children’s wellbeing and protection. We undertake research, and have the expertise to tackle the issues that affect children’s development at an individual, family and structural level and thus can bring a holistic and integrated approach to the field.  There is an emphasis on bridging the theoretical and the applied, with the aim of ensuring that the best possible evidence is used to inform policies and practices which shape the lives of children, young people and families.

Methodologies and Theoretical Frameworks

We work collaboratively with research participants, service users, practitioners and policymakers, drawing on a wide range of methodologies. We follow a Child Rights approach and are committed to include children and young people’s perspectives in our research. Through such relationships and practices we are committed to challenging rather than reinforcing current hierarchies, stereotypes and exclusions.


As consultants we can provide specialist advice about research and evaluation methodologies, as well as take on fully fledged project team roles. For example, Dr Christine Stephen is currently providing advice about evaluation methods to Early Years Scotland in order to inform the evaluation of their Big Lottery funded project ‘Off to a Good Start’. 

Jane Scott, Acting Leader, Child Wellbeing and Protection research group


Name  Subject area Contact
Jane Scott (acting research group leader) Senior Research Fellow
Dr Andressa Gadda                Research Fellow, Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection                        
Ashley Rogers Social Sciences Research Doctorate
Carol George Research Fellow, Social Work
Caroline Jarvis Social Sciences Research Doctorate
Professor Cate Watson Education
Cheryl Burgess Research Fellow -  Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Dr Christine Stephen Education 
Dr Dalene Swanson Education
Professor Douglas Robertson Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Duncan Helm Social Work
Helen Whincup Social Work
Helen Young Social Sciences Research Doctorate
Ian McIntosh Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Joan Murphy Director of Talking Mats
Joanne Westwood Social Work
Judith Furnivall Social Sciences Research Doctorate
Judy Warburton Social Sciences Research Doctorate
Katrina Roszynski Social Sciences Research Doctorate
Kirsty Primrose Social Sciences Research Doctorate
Margo Mackay Talking Mats Associate
Maria Fotopoulou Research Fellow, WithScotland
Dr Marina Shapira Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Nadine Fowler Social Sciences Research Doctorate
Nicola Yule Social Sciences Research Doctorate
Dr Nughmana Mirza Research Fellow, Social Work
Dr Paul Rigby Social Work
Ruth Emond Social Work
Professor Samantha Punch Social Sciences
Sandra Engstrom Social Work
Dr Sarah Wilson Social Sciences
Dr Sian Lucas Social Work
Tracey Hughes  Social Sciences Research Doctorate

Recent studies have focused on the experiences of looked after children; the nature of resilience; improving responses to neglected children; decision-making and judgement of risk; food practices in residential settings.

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