Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University

Centre for Child and Family Research


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CCFR investigates how vulnerable children and young people experience life in society today: how their experiences and situations differ; what social circumstances and environmental factors influence wellbeing; and ways that services and policy can be shaped to improve their experiences.

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Our programme of research is designed to produce high quality, relevant research that helps shape policy and practice for children and families.

Over the last few years we have completed major studies in our streams of research on Exploring Costs and Outcomes of Children’s Service, Safeguarding and Promoting the Wellbeing of Children in Need and Transitions from Care to Adulthood. Studies in these streams continue to underpin the development of policy and practice on both a local, national and international basis.

CCFR is also 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.

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Transitions from care to adulthood

Young people leaving public care tend to be expected to make the transition straight from childhood to adulthood and assume adult responsibilities at a younger age than their peers.

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Safeguarding & promoting the wellbeing of children in need

This area examines the circumstances and experiences of children and young people in need and how we can promote their wellbeing through effective, evidence-based interventions, policies and practice.

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Exploring costs and outcomes

CCFR undertake responsive work upon request involving short-term, small scale and urgent pieces of research and development. CCFR can also provide a range of consultancy services and expert advice.

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Rapid response studies to support policy development

The Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre is commissioned by the Department for Education to undertake rapid response studies to support policy development. CCFR leads projects on safeguarding children.

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Centre for Child and Family Research, Safeguarding Children: Everybody’s Business
Friday 28th March 2014, 9.00am – 3.30pm, Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough University Campus, Loughborough.

Evaluation Research

CCFR have a wealth of experience and expertise in conducting evaluation research, designed to inform the development of innovations, policy and practice across children's social care.

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Responsive Studies

CCFR undertakes responsive work upon request, which involves short-term, small scale and urgent pieces of research and development.

Rapid response to support policy

Consultancy and expert advice

CCFR can also provide a range of consultancy services and expert advice for local authorities and other organisations.

If you are interested in finding more out about our consultancy services please contact Lisa Holmes.

Developing practical support tools

Many projects focus on developing training and tools that support social services and other agencies in delivering care and securing better outcomes.

For example, our work exploring costs and outcomes has led to the development of the Cost Calculator for Children’s Services (CCfCS). This is a software application designed to assist local authorities and other agencies to monitor the true costs of services to children and thus to improve strategic planning and commissioning.

CCfCS Website



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