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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
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.