Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work


  • 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 well being. Our family-focused research covers additional topics such as the development of resilience, substance misuse, homelessness, elderly care, family community services, and general practice.

    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 external speakers who have an interest in children, young people and family wellbeing and who wish to develop research and influence policy and practice in this area.

  • Recent Funded Work

    Appleton, J. Florence Nightingale Foundation Dr JP Smith Travel Scholarship (2016-2017), for a study tour to the Nordic countries and Finland to find out more about public health nurses' work in safeguarding and protecting children in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

    Appleton J.V. (PI) & Powell C. (CI). Professional and organizational responses to children's missed health care appointments: a child protection concern? (2012-2014). NSPCC

    Appleton J.V. (PI), Pike N. & Powell C. Child Exploitation: Staff Knowledge and Training Needs(Aug 2013-Apr 2014). Health Education Thames Valley