Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Centre for Child and Family Research

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The Centre for Child and Family Research (CCFR) is an independent research centre based in the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences at Loughborough University. Established in 2001 by Professor Harriet Ward, CCFR has an international reputation for high quality, policy relevant research related to improving outcomes for vulnerable children and their families.

"At CCFR we are passionate about providing a robust evidence base to inform the development of policy, practice and new innovations to respond to diverse issues relating to the protection and promotion of the well-being of vulnerable children and their families nationally and internationally. We have a diverse group who carry out research with strong theoretical underpinnings and present the findings to ensure they are applicable to frontline practitioners, senior managers and policy makers alike" (Lisa Holmes, Director, CCFR).

CCFR use a range of innovative methodologies to ensure research questions are fully addressed, and have particular expertise in accessing hard to reach groups, including children and young people in care, families where there is a history of child abuse and neglect and families with disabled children.

The research centre works in partnership with a number of UK organisations including government departments, local authorities, children's charities and other academic institutions. Internationally, CCFR work collaboratively with academic organisations and children's charities throughout the US, Europe and Australia.

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