Children and Young People’s Research Theme
We have a broad portfolio of interdisciplinary work focused upon the issues and debates relating to children, young people and their families.
Our work is theoretically driven and underpinned by a concern for inequity, vulnerability and responsibilisation, and their impacts on children and young people.
We utilise qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches to undertake research that addresses a range of areas, such as: evaluating interventions for children’s speech, language and communication difficulties; assessing visual function in children; considering policy and practice implications for children’s health and welfare. Importantly, we work with children to explore their everyday experiences of the circumstances that affect their health or wellbeing.
Much of our research:
- is child-focused
- is participatory
- draws upon principles of co-production
- aims to address inequality and social outcomes for children and young people
We are committed to sharing the views and perspectives of children and young people and advocating for them in health, social care, education, and policy settings. We welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with practitioners, community partners and academics nationally and internationally.
Our members are academics, researchers and doctoral students from the Health Sciences School:
Dr. Daniella Spiteri Cornish
Some of current and recent projects include:
- Intimate family violence
- Pathways to University from Care
- The impact of COVID-19 on Children’s Language, Education and Socio-emotional Skills
- Enabling children and young people’s involvement in whole system action to reduce inequalities in the social determinants of health
- Evaluating the digital health service: an online school-based health and wellbeing questionnaire
- Reading Fluency Apps for Struggling Readers in Primary School
- Nystagmus Information Pack
- Vision in congenitally deaf children
Dr Katie Ellis, Dr Sarah Spencer and Dr Jill Thompson -
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