Leading this theme:

Contact Director:
Associate Director:
Samantha Punch


CRFR is a leader in research on childhood and youth issues. Through our large body of empirical research, the Centre has contributed to the new social studies of childhood and the view of children as competent social actors. Underpinning our approach to childhood and youth research is our commitment to innovative approaches

and, in particular, participatory research. More recent work has focused on relational understandings of childhood, interdependencies and social networks; relationality in care practices; intergenerational relationships; and children and young people’s role on political processes and decision-making.

We seek to work collaboratively with research participants, service users, practitioners and policymakers, and are committed to challenging rather than reinforcing current hierarchies and exclusions to inform policies and practices that shape the lives of children and families.

Projects in this theme

A History of working-class marriage, 1855 - 1976

Childhoods, networks and dispersed intimacies: a creative ethnography of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon

Children and young people's participation: from fashion accessory to part of the fabric:
Briefing 1 – Children and young people's participation in policy-making: making it meaningful, effective and sustainable
Briefing 2 – Children and young people's participation in policy-making: sharing practice
Children in Scotland supplement on children and young people's participation

Cool with change:
CRFR Briefing part 1
CRFR Briefing part 2
Final Report

Delayed childbearing and childlessness in Britain: the 1958 and 1979 cohorts compared

Digital Families Research Network

Early years policy and services

Early years practice – consulting with young children

Empowered and Effective Decision Making

Exploring children's relationships across majority and minority worlds:
Seminar presentations
Journal articles and other publications
Children and young people's participation in policy making (briefing)
Exploring children's experiences of migration: movement and family relationships (briefing)

Family values in Scotland

Fertility variations in Scotland: socio-cultural attitudes and interactions

Futures and Family: Italy, Spain and the UK

Grandparents and teenage grandchildren

Growing up in Protracted Crises: Refugee Youth Experiences of Transitions to Adulthood in Uganda & Jordan

Growing up on the streets

GUS – Growing Up in Scotland

Impact Evaluation of Scottish Book Trust's Bookbug Programme

Improving Justice in Child contact

International and Canadian Child Rights Partnership (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada)

Language, Place and Identity: exploring children's linguistic and cognitive development in heritage and community languages

Legal practitioners' perspectives on the cohabitation provisions of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 – Briefing, Report

Life in low income families

Me and my befriender

Participation in practice: school councils

Personal networks of young adults in Switzerland: Social capital, educational and work aspirations

Rural and urban solo living

Solo living

South Ayrshire consultation research exercise

Sure Start mapping

Talking and Listening to Children – Exploring how social workers and children communicate

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in Scotland

Women in their fifties: wellbeing, ageing and anticipation of ageing

Young Edinburgh Action

Young people and their future Selves
Youth Justice in Western Europe and the Baltic States