Childhoods, families and relationships

Theme overview
CRFR has particular expertise in bridging sociological and social work research; in cross-cultural work on childhoods; and in the use of innovative approaches to researching personal relationships.
It works collaboratively with research participants, service users, practitioners and policymakers, and is committed to challenging rather than reinforcing current hierarchies and exclusions to inform policies and practices that shape the lives of children and families.
Contact Director: To follow and Associate Director: Samantha Punch
Current projects in this theme
Personal networks of young adults in Switzerland: Social capital, educational and work aspirations
Childhoods, networks and dispersed intimacies: a creative ethnography of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon
Digital Families Research Network
Futures and Family: Italy, Spain and the UK
GUS – Growing Up in Scotland
International and Canadian Child Rights Partnership (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada)
Talking and Listening to Children – Exploring how social workers and children communicate
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in Scotland
Young Edinburgh Action
Improving Justice in Child contact
CRFR Briefing 92: Young Edinburgh Action: YEA We Can!
CRFR Briefing 91: Can we put the ‘poverty of aspiration’ myth to bed now?
CRFR Briefing 90: Love, fatherhood and possibilities for social change
CRFR Briefing 87: Implementing children and young people’s participation in decision-making: The role of non-governmental organisations
CRFR Briefing 85: Young Edinburgh Action: Reinvigorating young people’s participation in Edinburgh
CRFR Briefing 84: Children’s views on contact with non-resident fathers in the context of domestic abuse
CRFR Briefing 78: Your space or mine? The role of public space in the lives of young people
CRFR Briefing 68: Legally binding agreements: property division and child care when relationships break down
CRFR Briefing 65: Hearing children in court disputes between parents
CRFR Briefing 61: Exploring children’s experiences of migration: movement and family relationships
CRFR Briefing 60: Me and my befriender: exploring adult/child befriending relationships
CRFR Briefing 58: Listening to and learning from children and young people affected by parental alcohol problems

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