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Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families (NCCYPF)

Unit(s) of assessment: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience; Social Work and Social Policy; Education; Politics and International Studies

Research theme: Health and Wellbeing

School: School of Social Sciences


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.

Case Studies

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.

Related Staff

Loren Abell
Verity Aiken
Palwinder Athawal-Kooner
Thom Baguley
Phil Banyard
Adam Barnard
Lucy Betts
Paula Black
Rachael Blazewick-Bell
Mhairi Bell
Mark Bower
Graham Bowpitt
Geraldine Brady
David Brown
Verusca Calabria
Simon Cauvain
Helen Cazaly
Lyn Champion
Karen Chantrey Wood
Andrew Clapham
Simon Cooper
Simon Cross
Christopher Crowther-Dowey
David Crundall
Anna Cunningham
Sarah Davies
Claire De Motte
Gayle Dillon
Robert Dingwall
Jonathan Doak
Lauran Doak
David Ellicott
Sarah Emery
Anne Felton
Graham Ferris
Jennifer Flemming
Nick Foard
Shantey Francis
Katherine Friend
Rose Gann
Sarah Gardner
Linda Gibson
Sharon-Marie Gillooley
Jonathan Gorry
Andrew Grayson

Lee Hadlington
Alison Hardy
Matt Henn
Nadja Heym
Rowena Hill
Lai-Sang Iao
Julie Johnston
Gary Jones
Eiman Kanjo
Michael Keenan
Blerina Kellezi
Linda Kemp
Julie Kent
Franze Kibowski
Iryna Kushnir
Rebecca Larkin
Chris Lawton
Matthew Long
Kevin Love
Jennifer Mackay
Mike Marriott
Marcellus Mbah
Niamh McNamara
Philip Mignot
Christine Moffatt
Francesca Morosi
Sean Myatt
Pavlina Nikita
Anne O’Grady
Louise Oldridge
Vicky Palmer
Dean Penford
Jodie Pennacchia
Stefanie Petschick
Jane Pilcher
Preethi Premkumar
Zena Raschid
Helen Reed
Emma Reith Hall
Mike Rennoldson
Gill Richards
Chris Rolph
William Rossiter
Rachel Rowley
Mustafa Sarkar
Eszter Simon
Sarah Smith
Ana Souto Galvan
Rebecca Stack
James Stiller
Alexander Sumich
Kirsty Teague
Mark Thomas
Andromachi Tseloni
Gaye Tyler-Merrick
Angela Vesey
Janet Vousden
Juliet Wakefield
Lisa Wardle
Gareth Williams
Belinda Winder
Clare Wood
Helen Woods
David Wright
Edward Wright

Hannah Barnett
Sara Budair
Clare Allen
Ania Atkinson
Amirkaur Aujla-Jones
Julia Ayache
Christopher Bellamy
Adam Brett
Sara Budair
Brendan Coulson
Beccie Davis-Yates
Sarah Emery
Nick Foard
Shantey Francis
Mark Gayle
Suzanne Gomersall
Jackie Hamilton
Gemma Heathcote
Deborah Ikhile
Ben Kasparinskis
Elizabeth Kemp
Yesmean Khalil
Stephanie King
Alex Kosogorin
Clare Lushey
Tracey Manterfield
Daisy Matthews
Ian McArdle
Laura Pacey
R Palomeque Recio
Yvonne Parkes
Chloe Gabrielle Roesch
Meredith Rose
Anastasia Rousaki
Ardiana Shala
Jasmin Stevenson
Stacey Steward
Lorna Wardle
Matt Woodford

Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green

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