For more than 40 years our research has influenced national and local policy and practice, directly impacting on the experiences of children and young people, creating positive change in the lives of children, young people and their families.

As a body of experienced researchers we have consistently led, advised and directed influential research studies at local, national, and international levels. We have an excellent grasp of the policy landscape and a strong track record of research in a wide range of topics.

We are highly regarded in our fields and are invited to act as expert policy advisors to government in the UK as well as abroad. Many prestigious organisations such as national and international research councils, government departments, local authorities and charities commission research from us. We collaborate with national and local policy-makers, practitioners, international NGOs and academic colleagues around the world.

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Christine Skinner
Professor of Social Policy
+044 (0)1904 321251

Research and consultancy topics

  • Child wellbeing
  • Child protection
  • Child poverty
  • Child maintenance
  • Looked after children
  • Children with disabilities and long-term health conditions
  • Vulnerable young people
  • Youth offending
  • Youth homelessness


We are fortunate to work with leading researchers with international reputations for research and evaluation.

  • Gwyther Rees
  • Mr Rees is Research Director for the Children's Worlds project - an international survey of children's lives and well-being and is also currently completing a doctorate at Cardiff University on the topic of children's subjective well-being.

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Christine Skinner
Professor of Social Policy
+044 (0)1904 321251