Research area

Child Well-being and Protection

The Child Wellbeing and Protection Research Group is affiliated with and underpins the work of the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection. It comprises a broad network of scholars from across the University of Stirling who share an interest in childhood, children’s wellbeing, safety, and relationships. The Research Group has a strong interdisciplinary focus, and includes researchers from sociology, social work, health sciences, psychology, education, and beyond.

We undertake research on, and have the expertise to tackle, the issues that affect children’s wellbeing and development at an individual, family, systemic and structural level, bringing a holistic and integrated approach to the field. Drawing on a range of methodologies, we work in a participatory and collaborative way to ensure that children, young people and families have a voice in the development of research (and research informed policy and practice) that impacts their lives. Our work is informed by an emphasis on children’s rights and empowerment; it is therefore important that children and young people’s perspectives are at the heart of what we do. We use intersectional and contextually sensitive approaches to challenge oppressive and exclusionary practices and to embed inclusive ways of working.

Current and recent studies have included work on:

  • improving responses to neglected children;
  • children’s experiences of domestic violence and abuse;
  • CAMHS policy and practice;
  • the experiences of looked after children;
  • resilience and strengths based approaches to wellbeing and mental health;
  • children and young people’s views of poverty and inequalities;
  • children’s language and communication needs;
  • young people’s participation, achievement and attainment;
  • decision-making and judgement of risk;
  • food practices in residential settings.

Child Well-being and Protection is part of:


Joanne Alexander JA
Joanne Alexander Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology
Katherine M. Allen
Katherine M. Allen PhD Researcher Education
Tanya Beetham TB
Tanya Beetham Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology
Professor Jane Callaghan
Professor Jane Callaghan Professor and Director Social Work
Dr Ruth Emond
Dr Ruth Emond Senior Lecturer Social Work
Dr Sandra Engstrom
Dr Sandra Engstrom Lecturer Social Work
Joan Forbes JF
Professor Joan Forbes Honorary Professor Education
Dr Maria Fotopoulou
Dr Maria Fotopoulou Lecturer in Criminology Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology
Nadine Fowler
Nadine Fowler Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology
Dr Andressa Gadda
Dr Andressa Gadda Research Fellow Social Work
Catriona Galbraith
Catriona Galbraith Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology
Elizabeth-Anne Graham
Elizabeth-Anne Graham PhD Researcher Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology
Dr Duncan Helm
Dr Duncan Helm Senior Lecturer Social Work CPD
Ms Sara Hitchin
Ms Sara Hitchin Teaching Fellow Social Work
Dr John I'Anson
Dr John I'Anson Senior Lecturer Education
Nikoletta Komvoki
Nikoletta Komvoki Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology
Aikaterini Kyriakou
Aikaterini Kyriakou PhD Researcher Social Work
Dr Siân Lucas
Dr Siân Lucas Lecturer Social Work
Angus MacDonald AM
Mr Angus MacDonald Research Assistant Social Work
Dr Lorele Mackie
Dr Lorele Mackie Lecturer Education
Dr Greg Mannion
Dr Greg Mannion Senior Lecturer Education
Ian McIntosh IM
Dr Ian McIntosh Senior Lecturer Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology
Jane McLenachan JM
Ms Jane McLenachan Senior Teaching Fellow Social Work
Charlotte McPherson
Charlotte McPherson Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology
Dr Fiona Morrison
Dr Fiona Morrison Lecturer Social Work
Dr Stella Mouroutsou
Dr Stella Mouroutsou Lecturer in Education Education
Professor Samantha Punch
Professor Samantha Punch Professor Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology
Ashley S. F. Rogers
Ashley S. F. Rogers PhD Researcher Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology
Jane Scott JS
Ms Jane Scott Senior Research Fellow Faculty of Social Sciences
Dr Marina Shapira
Dr Marina Shapira Lecturer in Quantitative Methods Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology
Dr Dalene Swanson
Dr Dalene Swanson Senior Lecturer Education
Dr Morag C Treanor
Dr Morag C Treanor Senior Lecturer Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology
Judy Warburton
Judy Warburton PhD Researcher Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology
Luke Ward LW
Luke Ward Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology
Dr Helen Whincup
Dr Helen Whincup Lecturer Social Work CPD
Dr Sarah Wilson
Dr Sarah Wilson Senior Lecturer Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology
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