CIRCY was launched at the University of Sussex in 2012, bringing together research, scholarship and expertise on childhood and youth. It is an interdisciplinary and cross-university centre, with a membership that includes researchers from the social and life sciences, arts, humanities and professional fields including social work, law, education and health.
Our aim is to create a space for dialogue, collaboration, creativity and capacity-building - supporting new research and knowledge exchange. CIRCY provides a stimulating environment for doctoral students working in the area of childhood, youth and family studies and a destination for visiting academics and opinion formers.
We aim to become an internationally recognised centre of excellence in the field of researching children, young people and families. We are outward-looking, committed to working with policy-makers, professional colleagues, young people and their carers in order to share expertise, promote good practice and to exchange knowledge.
CIRCY nurtures synergies between research activity and the teaching curriculum through an undergraduate course - the BA in Childhood and Youth: Theory and Practice - and the Masters course - the MA in Childhood and Youth Studies. We also provide training in research methods with children and young people.
CIRCY is directed by Professor Rachel Thomson and Dr Janet Boddy, and supported by a steering group that includes Professor Robin Banerjee, Dr Sevasti-Melissa Nolas, Professor Jo Moran-Ellis and Dr Hester Barron.
Download the CIRCY Annual Report: July 2014 [PDF 733.97KB]
Rights-based education: A consultation
See the Consultation on rights-based education: Oct 2014 [PDF 366.40KB] document for the Office of the Children's Commissioner drafted by Associate Lecturer, Margaret Boushel on behalf of the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth, the Centre for Social Work Research, and the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sussex. The document is based on research on children's rights in primary and secondary education and other child welfare settings.