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Society & policy Children & young people

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child highlights the need to improve the lives of children and young people globally. Within this area we work collaboratively and across disciplines in advancing our research and knowledge exchange.

Our work influences policy and practice in relation to the challenges of educating, protecting, providing for, and empowering children and young people.

At the heart of our work on Children and Young People is The Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures.   The Institute aims to create a world where children and young people have what they need to reach their full potential, particularly children who experience adversity. The work of the Institute embraces the understanding that responding to adversity and creating the conditions where children flourish are global challenges, which require international and national policies.  The Institute will work with policymakers to support young people, children and their families and to enhance practice. 

All our work is built on scholarship 

The Institute brings together the existing expertise of the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS), the Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ) and academics and staff members from across the University of Strathclyde, and beyond. The Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) is dedicated to making positive and lasting improvements in the wellbeing of children and young people living in and on the edges of care, and their families. 

Research expertise

Our research staff bring together expertise in childhood studies, education, social work, social policy and youth & migration.

We work directly with children and young people, teachers, social workers, Government and other public bodies in our priority areas of expertise which include:

  • education and development
  • health and well-being
  • vulnerable children and young people
  • rights, participation and citizenship
  • experiences of childhood past, present and future

Most of our researchers have a background in practice. We work with a range of funders and partners, including the Scottish Government, local authorities and related voluntary sector organisations and international partners. Read more about our Research on Children, Young People and Families.

Strathclyde has led the development of the Children's University in Scotland.  We support the young people of Glasgow to make the most of their abilities and interests by providing them with fantastic opportunities to foster a lifelong love of learning.  Established in June 2013, Glasgow Children's University was the first local Children's University centre to be established in Scotland under the umbrella of Children's University Trust Scotland. It is managed by the University of Strathclyde and works in partnership with Glasgow City Council, member schools and other organisations.  

Children & young people co-ordinators