This group has been functioning as a research group since Sept 2003. It has 55 members from several departments in the University, drawing its core membership from the School of Social Sciences.
Our overall aim is to maintain, support and develop the diversity and quality of childhood research (theory, method and policy) within the School of Social Sciences and develop and strengthen research links with other research groups and departments in the field of childhood studies. Membership includes research associates/fellows, masters/doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows and academic staff.
Inclusive, Inter-disciplinary, International
Taking the UNCRC's definition of 'childhood' (0-18) the group encompasses research with children from 'infancy' through to 'adulthood'. The strength of this group lies in its interdisciplinary membership both within the school of social sciences (education, social work, criminology, sociology, psychology, cultural studies) and across other departments within the university. The current membership has undertaken research activities in Wales, across the UK and internationally.
Current and Recent Research Projects
For further information, please visit our members page.
- Young people and sexual learning in an era of ‘sexualisation’
- Child sexual exploitation in South East Wales: problems and solutions from the perspectives of young people and professionals
- ‘Youth On Religion’
- Gender, conflict and power in young children’s relationship cultures
- Love hurts? Gendered power, control and regulation in middle-class teenagers’ relationship cultures
- Safeguarding children and young people in local communities: a neighbourhood study
- ‘An Evaluation of the “Option 2” Intensive Family Preservation Service’
- A feasibility study for a randomised controlled trial of a training intervention to improve the engagement of fathers in the child protection system
- ’Polish migrant children’s negotiations of their identity and belonging in Wales’
- The DECIDE study
- The EPIC study
- Mothers and daughters on the margins: gender, generation and education
- Pedal Power - Does participation in adapted dynamic cycling affect lower limb muscle function, activity levels, and quality of life of children with Cerebral Palsy?
- What value does the MPOC-SP have for physiotherapists working with children?
- Gender, power and Conflict and Young Children’s Relationship Cultures
- Learning from experience: informing preventative policies and practice by analyzing critical moments in care leavers’ life histories
- Fathers, social interventions and children’s well-being
- Religious nurture in Muslim families
Childhood research group activities include some of the following:
- Theoretical reading group
- Develop and support research proposals for staff and doctoral students
- Disseminate draft chapters/papers for discussion
- 'Data analysis' workshops
- Seminar programme (presentation of research findings, work in progress, ideas for future research)
- Themed day conference (academics, professionals and practitioners).
Childhood Doctoral Research Group
The childhood doctoral research group runs alongside the activities of the childhood research group, but is focussed more on the specific issues faced by doctoral students conducting research. The group is intended to provide an opportunity to share ideas and experiences in a supportive, informal way. All PhD students whose research is related to children, young people or families are welcome, as are ESRC 1+3 students in their masters year.
We meet monthly, on every third Thursday of the month, at Cardiff Arts Institute on Park Place at 5pm (directions can be found here: http://cardiffartsinstitute.org/find-us/). Each session is organised around a broad theme, with a different speaker leading the discussion each time.
If you'd like more information on the group, please contact Hayley Collicott (CollicottHE@cf.ac.uk).
Researching with Children @Cardiff
The group has much empirical experience of research with children, using a range of methodological approaches. We have core expertise in participatory research and creative multi-media research methods are key interests of many of the group members.
Research and writing by group members is theoretically eclectic drawing upon a range of perspectives including: phenomenology, poststructuralism, posthumanism, feminism, queer theory, critical social psychology, psychoanalysis and social constructionism.
As a group we have a strong record of policy relevant research, particularly, but not exclusively, in the fields of child welfare and education. Recent and current examples of policy relevant research include a study of advocacy services for children across Wales, research with black children in the Valleys, children's roles in Family Group Conferences, research on assessment in children's welfare and a number of projects relating to 'looked after' children, gender-based and sexual bullying in schools. Further information about social work research in Cardiff, much of which relates to child welfare, can be found here.
The following topics represent some of the substantive areas of research by members of the group in a range of different contexts (e.g. institutional, familial, public) paying close attention to the dynamics of intra-generational (between children) and inter-generational (between children & adults) relations:
- Child Welfare and Well-being
- Youth Justice
- Children's rights, citizenship and advocacy
- Children's subjectivities/identities, cultures and intimacy
- Children's transitions, temporality and development
- Children and religion
- Children's use of public space
- Child Poverty
Beyond the Academy
Current activities include: close engagement with social work practitioners, managers and policy makers in terms of providing training, research dissemination and consultancy. Membership of National Assembly for Wales working, reviewing, advisory and cross-party groups.
Research Group Lead
Prof Emma Renold