A family walking in the countryside

Social work & social policy Children, young people & families

As one of four main research clusters in the School of Social Work & Social Policy, we are passionate about children and young people and their place in our communities.

Our research group is formed of active researchers in the social sciences. Our projects aim to have direct impact on communities and young people’s lives.

We have received grants from the ESRC, Leverhulme, AHRC, British Academy, Scottish Government, local authorities and a variety of voluntary sector organisations to carry out research with direct policy and practice applications.

We are a diverse, inter-disciplinary team open to collaborations and partnerships.

The diversity of our research areas and our team creates an inclusive space for students and staff to discuss social issues in a supportive and welcoming environment.

We believe in doing work that brings our research outside traditional academic walls and into the communities and the public domain.

We are constantly innovating and finding new ways to engage with our students, the communities we work with and our research partners to improve children and young people’s lives.

Discover more about what we do

Latest news

  • New book on bereavement

    This new book features a chapter from research cluster member Nina Vaswani, looking at the wide range of losses experienced by young people in prison.

  • Academic at Westminster and Scottish Parliament

    Dr Daniela Sime's evidence has highlighted the increasing levels of racism and xenophobia young Eastern Europeans are faced with post-Brexit vote.

  • Child & Youth Care Conference
    One of our course leaders presented at the 20th National Canadian Child & Youth Care Conference.