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.
Publications in this theme
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 65: Hearing children in court disputes between parents
CRFR Briefing 60: Me and my befriender: exploring adult/child befriending relationships
Projects in this theme
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
Exploring children's relationships across majority and minority worlds:
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)
International and Canadian Child Rights Partnership (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada)
Participation in practice: school councils
Young people and their future Selves
Youth Justice in Western Europe and the Baltic States