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Childhood Research Group


Welcome to the Childhood Research Group at Cardiff University. We are a large inter-disciplinary group encompassing several fields of study in the School of Social Sciences (education, social work, criminology, sociology, psychology and cultural studies) and across departments within the university. Our key aim it to maintain, support and develop the diversity and quality of childhood research and contribute to innovations in theoretical, methodological and policy development in the field of childhood studies. Our current membership has undertaken research in Wales, across the UK and internationally from topics such as child sexual exploitation and sexualisation to religious identities and safeguarding children in local communities.

Childhood Research Group Programme 2012-2013

3/10/12: 12-1pm. Room 0.12, Glamorgan building. Child Protection in the Field. This will be an open discussion and members are invited to contribute experiences, questions etc. for general discussion.

7/11/12: 12-1pm Doctoral research group.  Room tbc. Meeting for childhood doctoral students only.

5/12/12: 12-1pm Room tbc. Childhood research group. Topic: Public engagement events with children and young people in the university: lessons from experience. We hope to produce from this meeting a leaflet of 'top tips' for running research related events with children and young people. Please bring along your experiences and anecdotes!

6/2/13:12-1pm  Doctoral Research group. Room tbc. Meeting for childhood doctoral students only.

6/3/12: 12-1pm Childhood research group. Emma Renold will present early findings from the Young Sexualities research project for the Cross-Party Group on Childhood, Sexualisation, Sexualities & Equalities.

Policy and practice

Adoption Research Group

The Adoption Research Group is a multi-disciplinary special interest group functioning within the Childhood Research Group at the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. More information on the Adoption Research Group can be found here.

National Assembly for Wales cross-party group, ‘Children, Sexualities, Sexualisation and Equalities’.

Over the coming year (2012-2013) Professor Emma Renold will be leading a qualitative research project funded by Cardiff University, the NSPCC and the Children’s Commissioner’s Office for Wales to directly inform the National Assembly for Wales cross-party group, ‘Children, Sexualities, Sexualisation and Equalities’. The research aims to explore children’s own sexual cultures, including how children make meaning of ‘the sexualisation of culture’ in the context of their everyday lives. For further details please click here.

Recent News 

Childhood research group members are active in planning a number of public engagement events this session, as they have been over previous years. From experience gained planning these events they have released a working paper offering ideas and advice on how to make such events successful. This document can be downloaded here.

Up and coming events are detailed below.

25th Octover 2012 - Care-leavers week

An event for Care-leavers week will take place with Voices from Care Cymru on October 25th (Glamorgan building). Looked after young people and care leavers from across Wales will quiz a panel of policy makers and service providers. Members of the group are working with Care Leavers to form a research advisory group at Voices from Care. Young people will receive training in research methods from members of the research group before forming an advisory group. A news story, including photographs and video from the event is available here.

Understandings of the Young Sexual Body

See new ESRC-funded seminar series (2012-2014) Understandings of the young sexual body, (with Hoggat, University of Greenwich, Walker, Anglia Ruskin University, Koffman, Kings College, University of London and Ringrose, Institute of Education, University of London)

9th November 2012 - ESRC Festival: 'Creating our place: young people'

On 9th November 2012,  Emma Renold and Gabrielle Ivinson will be sharing their research on young people and place ( for an ESRC Festival event, ‘Creating our place: young people’ in Plymouth. This event involves young people from areas of social deprivation, academics, community arts, NHS and Youth services practitioners.

29th November - Launch of new Citizen Panel initiative

On 29th November  2012 Gwenda Thomas AM, Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services, visited the Cardiff School of Social Sciences (SOCSI) to launch the new Citizen Panel initiative. More information on this visit is available here.

If you have research with relevance to policy and practice in children's services then please do get in touch.

Last year's events 2011-2012

25/01/12 Joint Health, Well-being and Social Care / Childhood Research Group Seminar: Dr Helen Lomax (Open University)

22/02/12  Communication Techniques: using twitter and facebook (Naomi Holford and Emma Renold)

30/03/12 Conference: Children, Sexuality and Sexualisation: A Matter of Equality, Rights and Voice

30/04/12 Seminar: Sexual Objectification, Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse: Engaging with Research, Policy and Practice

Impacting upon policy: Emma Renold and Gabrielle Ivinson spoke about their research at the launch of the Cross-party group on childhood sexuality, sexualisation and equalities. See: