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Child Welfare Research Group

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Themes and projects

The Child Welfare Research Group conducts research and provides consultancy on a wide range of child welfare topics. These include:

  • Child protection
  • Children who are looked after (in out of home care)
  • Children and young people on the edge of care
  • Foster care and residential care for children and young people
  • Reunification of children in care
  • Transitions from care (young people leaving care at age 16 or over)
  • Abuse in care
  • Adoption
  • Special guardianship
  • Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children


Our work is funded by research councils in the UK (the ESRC) and Europe (Norface), central government, local authorities and charities. Current and recent projects include:

External consultancy 

PhD Studies 

  • Decision-making and intervention in child protection cases involving parental substance misuse - Helen Baldwin
  • The social networks of unaccompanied young people leaving care: a life course perspective - Kelly Devenney (completed 2016)