The Centre for Child and Family Research (CCFR) is an independent research unit 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.
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Towards A National Family Justice Observatory: Scoping Study - Call for Evidence launched
A scoping study commissioned by the Nuffield Foundation and led by Professor Karen Broadhurst at Lancaster University has launched a nationwide call for evidence to better understand the use of research evidence in the family justice system, and to inform the development of a proposed family justice observatory.
Full details of the call for evidence and the process for responding are available online at: wp.lancs.ac.uk/observatory-scoping-study/
The deadline for submissions is Monday, 31st October 2016.
Submissions are invited from policy, practice and research leads on behalf of their organisations representing one or more of the following stakeholder groups within the family justice system:
The scoping study was commissioned by the Nuffield Foundation as part of its work to address the limited availability and use of research findings and administrative data in family justice decision-making, a key problem identified by the Family Justice Review.
The aim of the study is to develop proposals for the purpose, functions, and delivery options for a family justice observatory. It is led by Professor Karen Broadhurst at Lancaster University, in partnership with the Alliance for Useful Evidence, University College London, Research in Practice, Loughborough University, Family Rights Group and CoramBAAF.
A briefing paper setting out the fundamental purpose and functions of a new infrastructure for better use and application of research evidence in the family justice system is available on the Nuffield Foundation website.
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.
Evaluation research CCFR have a wealth of expertise in conducting evaluation research, designed to inform the development of innovations, policy & practice across children's social care and improve the quality of services.