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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 public launch event 'Our Lives, Our Futures' brought 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 was accompanied by an exciting programme of talks and interactive panel discussions. The event also showcased some of the Children and Young People Network members' exciting and important research. 

Hand covered in brightly coloured poster paint


Researchers team up with local charities to offer free activity packs, supporting interaction with young children

Thursday, 17 February 2022

A team of experts, including an Oxford Brookes University researcher, have teamed up with three charities to offer free resource packs which include activities that parents can do with their babies or toddlers.

Dr Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Oxford Brookes, joined experts from five UK universities, including Dr Alex Hendry of the University of Oxford, to research the development of young children during the pandemic, beginning in spring 2020.

free resource pack


Dr Patrick Alexander

Dr Patrick Alexander

Reader in Education and Director, Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development (CECD); Research Lead

Professor Jane Appleton

Professor Jane Appleton

Professor of Primary and Community Care, Department of Midwifery, Community and Public Health

Professor Anna Barnett

Professor Anna Barnett

Professor in Psychology, Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

Dr Claire Lee

Dr Claire Lee

Early Career Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

Dr Johnny Collett

Dr Johnny Collett

Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation

 Fiyory Ghezae

Fiyory Ghezae

MPhil/PhD student

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Are you interested in collaborating with us? Are you seeking an expert to consult? Would you like to find out more about the network or any of our projects? If so please get touch with us.

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