Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery


  • The focus of the work of the Children and Families Research Group is around children, young people and family wellbeing.

    Our research around children covers the prenatal period, up to age 18. It includes areas such as safeguarding, child protection, child health, looked-after children, and the role of the family unit including parenting, school, and community influence on child wellbeing. We are interested in research that makes a difference to the lives of children and families and improves health outcomes. Our family-focused research covers additional topics such as substance misuse, family community services and the development of resilience.

    Much of our work takes place in family homes, schools and with the wider community including health, social care and voluntary services. Regular meetings of the Children and Families Research Group bring together researchers, students, lecturers, practitioners and policy makers have an interest in children, young people and family wellbeing and who wish to develop research and influence policy and practice in this area.

    Our research has been funded by a range of organisations including Action for Children, British Academy, Burdett Trust for Nursing, Department of Health, Florence Nightingale Foundation, Health Education Thames Valley, the NSPCC and local authorities.  We are also currently working closely with the Institute of Public Care at oxford Brookes University.