The Centre for Child and Family Research (CCFR) is an independent research unit directed by Professor Harriet Ward, and based in the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences at Loughborough University in the UK. Established in 2001, CCFR has an international reputation for high quality, policy relevant research.
CCFR research is funded by a wide range of government departments, regional and local public agencies, charities and other organisations. In addition to major research projects, upon request CCFR also undertakes short-term, small scale and urgent pieces of responsive research and development.
Our research has both national and international influence and provides the evidence base for the development of a wide range of policy initiatives to respond to diverse issues with an emphasis on those related to vulnerable children and their families.
Transitions from care to adulthood
Research in this area explores the challenges young people leaving care face and the support they receive as they make the journey from care to adulthood.
Costs and outcomes of services for vulnerable children and families This programme of research focuses on the relationship between the needs of children and their families, the costs of the support and services they receive and the outcomes that are achieved.
Safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children in need Research in this area explores the circumstances and experiences of children and young people in need, examining how we can promote their wellbeing through effective, evidence-based interventions, policies and practice.
Rapid response studies to support policy development These are small-scale pieces of work completed within short timescales to address issues that are high on the policy agenda.