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1 February 2007 PR 07/13

Families with babies needed to take part in new study

Researchers from the Centre for Child and Family Research at Loughborough University are looking for volunteers to take part in a project being undertaken in conjunction with Leicestershire County Council, which will look into the provision of family support services.

Families with children under the age of one who are in touch with a family support worker or social worker are being invited to take part in the study to help improve the support services they receive.

Leicestershire is one of nine local authorities participating in the study, funded by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). It aims to explore if family support services are consistent across the country and to understand the experiences of parents.

“We’d like to visit families and hear their views of children’s services,” says Emily Munro, lead researcher on the project.

“If you’re expecting a baby or have a child under the age of one, and you have a social worker or one has visited you recently, we would love to hear from you.”

To take part in the project, or for more information, please contact Ainsley or Emily at the Centre for Child and Family Research, on Freephone: 0800 036 0506, or by text: 07876 144 994.

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  1. The Centre for Child and Family Research (CCFR) at Loughborough University is one of the leading research groups in the UK within its field. Established in 2001, the Centre aims to develop and deliver programmes of research that inform, influence and support policy and practice for children, families and their communities. Its work was instrumental in the award to Loughborough University of a fifth Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2005, which was presented in recognition of Loughborough’s outstanding and widely respected work in evaluating and helping develop social policy-related programmes.

  2. The Parent and Baby study is part of a core programme of research funded by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES)

  3. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough in the top five among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

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