Children and young people


About us

The members of the Children and Young People Network share a common aspiration: to contribute to research and knowledge-building that will ultimately lead to improving children's' and young people’s opportunities, experiences and outcomes.

Rooted in a recognition of the immense diversity in the lives of children and young people, our research responds to an urgent need to better understand those lives from multiple perspectives, and to explore and identify ways of supporting children and young people as they negotiate the challenges, transitions and opportunities of these vital phases of their development.

We conduct research locally, nationally and internationally, and examine how the contexts, cultures and spaces in which children and young people live, learn, play and work impact on their health, development and identity. This includes the opportunities and risks afforded by the digital and physical environments, the effects of discourses about children and young people, and the impact of broader social, economic, educational and health inequalities.

To read about our wide-ranging research agenda, our values and aims, please see our strategy. 

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Online launch event: Our lives, our futures: Art and dialogue about what matters to children and young people

Our Lives, Our Futures comprises ten days of online events which will provide a platform for children's and young people's art and bring together young people, educators, researchers and organisations to consider some of the pressing issues for children and young people today.

An online exhibition of art created by children and young people in Oxfordshire will be accompanied by an exciting programme of talks and interactive panel discussions about the things that young people feel strongly about and the creative ways that they engage with art and make sense of the world. As a public launch event for the Children and Young People Network at Oxford Brookes University, the event will also showcase some of our exciting and important research. 

If you would be interested in contributing as a participant in a panel or as a speaker, please get in touch by emailing

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Sustainable funding needed to provide nursery places

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Extra funding should be made available for early years care in the wake of the pandemic, researchers say.

Experts at Oxford Brookes University, the University of Leeds and the University of Oxford have made the call after assessing the benefits of early childhood education and care for children under three during COVID-19.

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