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;
  • and food practices in residential settings.  

Find out more

Professor Jane Callaghan, Leader, Child Wellbeing and Protection research group



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