Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

Centre for Child and Family Research


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Background and Aims

CCFR is self-financing through research contracts, awards and consultancy.

CCFR has established partnerships with other academic institutions, research centres, local authority children’s services departments and other organisations both in the UK and internationally.

The external partners either provide support on a consultancy basis for their specialist area or work alongside the research team on one off studies. Staff at CCFR also actively develop their links with colleagues and institutions overseas through attendance at international events, membership of international seminar groups and presentations of their research.

Working with Local Authorities

The work of the centre aims to link research, policy and practice and to bring direct benefits to local authorities and hence to the children and families they serve.  CCFR has links with over 30 local authorities and co-operates with them both in research and development.

Research Programme Coordination Group

This is a group for senior managers from the authorities participating in CCFR's research programme, providing a forum at which preliminary results can be identified and their implications explored through open discussion between local authority members and the research team.

The group meet several times a year to receive updates on the research being undertaken and to discuss any issues in an informal setting.

If you wish to hear more about this group then please contact us.

Working with Charities

CCFR has well established links with a number of children's charities and voluntary sector organisations.  CCFR has recently been commissioned to carry out research and practice development by NSPCC, Action for Children, the Fostering Network and Corum Family. CCFR also carries out research in partnership with other orgnisations including national evaluations with National Care Advisory Service (NCAS) and a recently commissioned Nuffield Foundation funded study with the National Children’s Bureau.

Academic and Research Partners

CCFR are currently working closely with colleagues from the University of York, Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education and University of Kent.  Such partnerships offer significant opportunities for joint learning and cross fertilisation of ideas and CCFR welcomes opportunities to develop these further.

Researchers at CCFR also have formal links with or are members of the following research centres and wider networks:

Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre (CWRC)
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CCFR is a member the Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre (CWRC), co-directed by Professor Harriet Ward (CCFR) and Professor Ann Phoenix at Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, and funded by the Department for Education. CWRC is a partnership between the Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU) and other centres at the Institute of Education, the Centre for Child and Family Research (CCFR) at Loughborough University and the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the University of Kent. This is a multidisciplinary collaboration combining expertise in demography, economics, education, health promotion, psychology, social work, sociology, social policy and statistics

The Colebrooke Centre for Evidence and Implementation
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The Colebrooke Centre for Evidence and Implementation is an independent not-for-profit centre based in London, specialising in implementation science and practice. It aims to harness insights and tools from the emerging field of implementation science to strengthen the design and effective delivery of services. The Centre undertakes research, policy analysis, and practice improvement projects in child and family health and social care services.

European Scientific Association for Residential and Foster Care for Children and Adults (EUSARF)
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Professor Ward is a member of EUSARF, a group concerned with the advancement of knowledge in the field of residential care, foster care and their alternatives for children and youth with psycho-social problems. EUSARF aims to promote and develop empirical and theoretical research in this area within Europe.

International Association for Outcome-based Evaluation and Research on Family and Children’s Services
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Established in 2003 by Antony Malluccio (Boston College, USA) and Tiziano Vecchiato (Fondazione E. Zancan, Italy) the association aims to promote cross-national collaboration on outcome evaluation in the area of child and family services. The group exchanges experiences and knowledge through publications, meetings, seminars and international workshops.

Oregon Social Learning Center
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Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC) is a non-profit, independent research centre located in Oregon, USA, dedicated to increasing the scientific understanding of social and psychological processes related to healthy development and family functioning.

CCFR and OSLC are collaborating on a project designed to translate our work on the Cost Calculator for Children’s Services for application to child welfare systems in the United States. Funding for this project has been obtained from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), USA.

Child and Adolescent Services Research Centre (CASRC)
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CASRC focuses on mental health care issues for vulnerable children, including children in public service sectors. In addition, CASRC specialises in longitudinal studies of children at risk for development of mental disorders and other problems in psychosocial functioning, and the effectiveness of interventions.

CCFR and CASRC are collaborating on a project designed to translate our work on the Cost Calculator for Children’s Services for application to child welfare systems in the United States. Funding for this project has been obtained from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), USA.



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