Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families (NCCYPF) is a specialist, interdisciplinary research centre with members drawn from across Social Sciences and beyond. We are dedicated to improving the lives of children, young people and families. We conduct real-world, collaborative and impactful research using novel approaches, ideas and theories.
Our research is driven by the pressing issues faced by children, young people and families. We work closely with an extensive network of community groups and strategic partners. Our research is strongly interdisciplinary, with a network of researchers across NTU whom we can call on to be part of a wide variety of projects – and we in turn support innovative research across the university.
Our areas of expertise range from sociology to computing, education to business, psychology to filmmaking, and we use a wide variety of research and evaluation methods, including ethnography; interviewing; app development; collaborative participant research; experimental design; focus groups.
Explore some examples of NCCYPF's current and previous research:
Evaluation of Small Steps Big Changes Programme
The Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families commenced its evaluation and learning partnership with Small Steps Big Changes (SSBC) in May 2018. SSBC is a programme hosted by Nottingham CityCare Partnership and supported by the National Lottery Community Fund’s A Better Start Initiative. It operates across four wards in Nottingham: Aspley; Bulwell; Hyson Green & Arboretum; and St Ann’s, and aims to improve outcomes for 0-3-year-old children in the areas of: diet and nutrition; social and emotional skills; and language and communication skills. It also aims to empower parents, communities and workforces to coproduce services and achieve together. Find out more here.
We are undertaking a process, impact and economic evaluation. This involves:
- Examining the functions of SSBC including service description, aims, services provided and target population;
- Identifying strengths and areas of development, i.e. what works and what does not work, for whom and why;
- Measuring changes and improvements in children in the following indicators and how these are attributed to approaches adopted by SSBC:
- social and emotional skills
- language and communication skills
- diet and nutrition
- other positive outcomes
- Exploring how SSBC has empowered parents, communities and workforces to co-produce together; and
- Providing recommendations on how SSBC can be enhanced for the benefit of children, families, professionals and other stakeholders.
Reports are produced annually alongside other dissemination activities.
Reimagining Education: A pilot study to develop a knowledge co-production network of young disabled LGBT+ people (18-25) in Nottingham, to explore inclusive and expansive education.
Dr Alex Toft and Social Science colleagues Dr Ed Wright and Shantéy Francis have been awarded funding from the School of Social Sciences to bring young people from Nottingham together to create a group of young disabled LGBT+ researchers across the Midlands. For the past 3 years, Alex has been working with a group of young disabled LGBT+ people (16-25) in the West Midlands exploring their views and experiences of sexuality and disability. This funding will allow the network to grow across the Midlands.
Over the course of the project the young people will come together to explore lived experiences, with specific focus upon experiences within education. The long-term goal is that the group will work together to propose and conduct new research on aspects that are important to them.
Centre Staff A-G
Karen Chantrey Wood
Claire De Motte
Centre Staff H-Z
Emma Reith Hall
Ana Souto Galvan
Amirkaur Aujla-Jones (NTU studentship)
Sara Budair (NTU studentship)
Mark Gayle (NCCYPF studentship)
Jackie Hamilton (NTU studentship)
Yesmean Khalil (NTU studentship)
Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green
Doreen Massey, Baroness Massey of Darwen
Below you will find a selection of Public Consultation and Parliamentary Inquiry responses from the NCCYPF:
We’re offering fully-funded PhD studentships aligned with our research centres for UK, EU or International students. Find out more about our PhD studentships.