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. 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.
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. Find out more.
Dr John I'Anson, Acting Leader, Child Wellbeing and Protection research group