Ongoing studies:

Against All Odds? Funded by the Research Council of Norway, this new research project, running from 1 September 2014 - 30 June 2018, aims to challenge negative perceptions of the lives of young people and adults who have been in care, and build positive understandings of their experiences.  For more information, see:

Recently completed research includes the following projects:

Understanding Permanence: A review of research for the Care Inquiry.  This review was commissioned to inform The Care Inquiry, a collaboration of specialist charities (Adoption UKBritish Association of Adoption & Fostering(BAAF), Family Rights Group, the Fostering NetworkResearch in PracticeTACTThe Together Trust and The Who Cares? Trust) established with the support of the Nuffield Foundation. The review has now been published as an Annex to the main Care Inquiry report:


Working with Families of Children Placed Away From Home: Cross European Perspectives, funded by the Nuffield Foundation.  Working with partners in Denmark, France, and the Netherlands, this project aimed to consider how the study countries address policy and practice in relation to:  (a) parental contact and  involvement in the lives of their children while placed away from home, and (b) work with families to support return home and address problems that contributed to care entry. 

Study team:  Janet Boddy, June Statham, Inge Danielsen, Helene Join-Lambert, Esther Geurts


Family Lives and the Environment:  Cross-national Perspectives on Habitual Practices is part of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods Node NOVELLA (Narratives of Varied Everyday Lives and Linked Approaches) - see

Family Lives and the Environment project examined family narratives about the environment, including climate change and climatic events, and understandings of everyday practices in family life. You can read an overview of the study in the spring 2013 edition of ESRC NCRM Methods News:

Study team:  Janet Boddy, Ann Phoenix, Natasha Shukla, Catherine Walker (PhD student), Virginia Morrow and Gina Crivello (Young Lives, University of Oxford), Madhavi Latha and Uma Vennam (Sri Padmavathi Mahila Viswavidyalayam University).


Good Practice in Child Protection in Secondary Schools was commissioned by the Office of the Children's Commissioner to support schools in developing good practice in this important field.  Through case studies in six varied schools, identified as exemplars of well-developed practice across four local authorities, the research has examined characteristics of good practice in child protection in secondary school settings, with a specific focus on identification of and early intervention with potential safeguarding and child protection concerns.

Study team: Michelle Lefevre, Janet Boddy, Rachel Burr, Robert Rosenthal (University of Sussex) and Susi Arnott (Walking Pictures)


Inequalities in School Exclusions was commissioned by the Office of the Children's Commissioner to build on theChildren's Commissioner's Inquiry into School Exclusions, which highlighted the disproportionate exclusion rate of certain groups of young people from secondary school, including boys, black and ethnic minority groups, those partaking of Free School Meals and those with Special Educational Needs. The study addressed this significant concern and aimed to identify - and inform the development of - good practice, through interviews in schools and local authorities, and with Initial Teacher Education providers. The Children's Commissioner's full report, They Go The Extra Mile, is available to download from the Office of the Children's Commission website. The University of Sussex research report is Annex A.

Study team: Louise Gazeley, Tish Marrable, Chris Brown and Janet Boddy.