Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth

Completed research

Members of CIRCY have been involved in a number of important studies in the area of childhood and youth which have been influential in the field.These studies are listed below.

To explore the CIRCY research archive, use the tabs on the left where you can view or download final reports and see some of the films that researchers have been involved with making.

Innovative models of interface between the NHS and children's social care

Funded by the Policy Research Programme of the Department of Health, this research project constitutes an evaluation of the role and impact of innovative models of interface between the NHS and children's social care to improve outcomes for children at risk of abuse and neglect.

Research is being undertaken collaboratively between researchers at the Universities of Sussex, Warwick and Loughborough and combines a desk-based review of the type and spread of relevant practice innovations, with in-depth fieldwork across a number of sites which exemplify innovative practice in the successful management of the interface between primary and secondary health and children's social care.

Findings - which will be translated by policy-makers, practitioners and the health and social care research community - will identify innovative models currently in place across an age spectrum, as well as the factors and mechanisms that are most effective in improving such multidisciplinary practice.

The objective of the research is to support the spread and sustainability of innovations in working practices that are effective in safeguarding children.

To find out more, contact Barry Luckock: 
E b.a.luckock@sussex.ac.uk

Parental Anxiety

Cognitive-behavioural processes in the intergenrational transmission of fear to children. 

This ESRC-funded project ran for three years: 2007-2010. 

Principal Investigator: 
Andy Field 

Chief Investigator: 
Sam Cartwright-Hatton 

Inventing Adulthoods

This landmark study of young people's transitions to adulthood in the UK was funded by the ESRC. It followed 100 young people over a 15 year period, generating a unique portrait of a generation and giving rise to many theoretical, methodological and practical outputs. The methodology has been made accessible and the resulting data set archived for secondary analysis. 

See www.restore.ac.uk/inventingadulthoods/index.shtml

Making Modern Motherhood

This study was funded by the ESRC, initially through their Identities and Social Action programme and, subsequently, through Timescapes

This study traced the transitions to first-time motherhood for a diverse group of 60 women whose ages ranged from 15 to 48. 12 families took part in inter-generational case studies which linked accounts of daughters, mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers. A further five families were involved in a longitudinal phase, which enabled the exploration of change over time.



The Timescapes project was funded from 2007-2012 under the ESRC Changing Lives and Times initiative. 

The broad aim of the study was to scale up and promote qualitative longitudinal (QL) research, create an archive of data for preservation and sharing, and to demonstrate and encourage re-use of resource. The aims were met through a network of empirical projects, the creation of an archive of QL data, a secondary analysis programme, and a range of training and capacity-building activities, the details of which can be found at www.timescapes.leeds.ac.uk

Supporting children and young people who have experienced domestic violence: A community study

Funded by Comic Relief through the charity, Against Violence and Abuse, the evaluation of the Community Group Programme (CGP) for children and young people who have experienced domestic violence was led by Dr Sevasti Melissa Nolas in collaboration with a cross-disciplinary team at Middlesex University, including Erin Sanders and Dr Lucy Neville.

The CGP, which constituted a 12 week psycho-educational, group-work programme for children and young people who had experienced domestic violence, was unique in that it worked with children and their mothers concurrently and in a child-focused way. It was developed in Canada and is currently being rolled out across 32 London boroughs, as well as other parts of the UK.

The study evaluated the salience, impact, process and cost of delivering the programme in London. Download the Evaluation of the Community Group Programme for Children & Young People: Final Report [PDF 1.28MB].

Home and Away

This research project aimed to bring children to the fore as a significant group in migration research.

Through detailed ethnographic research on British Bangladeshi children in London and Bangladesh, two case studies of transnational children were produced.

Through the study of children, questions of embodiment and emotion are raised and we gain insights into the way in which places and spaces are imagined, configured and produced via family relationships. Studying children also shows how transnationalism is an ever-changing process, with children playing important roles in making (as well as un-making) transnational links.

The study showed how children's cultural work has led to new imaginings of transnational relationships across space, and how children are vibrant producers of culture through their stories and art work.

For more details, see http://www.diasporas.ac.uk/LG%20findings%20Gardner.htm