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Issues in the health and social care of children, young people and families

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The Children and Young People Research Group in the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care brings together academics and research students conducting social, sociological and critical psychological research into the lives of children and young people and policy/practice applications. The group has strengths in a range of methodologies including: psycho-social methods; critical discourse analysis; biographical and life-history research; historical methods; and secondary analysis of archived data sets. Particular areas of expertise include: gender identities, exploring mothering and fathering as social identities; child language brokers; LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and young people questioning their sexuality or gender identity), mental health; children and pain, ME in childhood; parenting at a distance; professional identities; youth justice; young masculinities; special educational needs; and ‘different childhoods’. 

Qualifications available:

MPhil and PhD Plus either a Masters level qualification degree or research methods training at masters level (or equivalent)


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent). Masters level qualification with evidence of research methods at postgraduate level.

Potential research projects

  • Parenting at a distance
  • Parenting a disabled child
  • Men working with / caring for children
  • ‘Normative’ and ‘different’ childhoods
  • Young people and cultural identity
  • Child language brokering
  • Young parenthood
  • Youth justice and youth crime
  • Prison identities and young people
  • Research in prison settings (e.g. ageing/mental health)
  • International childhoods
  • Young people and death/bereavement
  • Young people, gender identities and relationships
  • Transitions to parenthood
  • Children with disabilities, including autism
  • Young carers
  • LGBTQ youth mental wellbeing

Current/recent research projects

  • Older fathers
  • The construction of ADHD – a discursive psychological approach to the talk of mothers of children with ADHD
  • Adoptees’ views on international adoption into Italy
  • Street children in Zimbabwe
  • Disabled motherhood: changing times?/Becoming a Disabled mother

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Dr Lindsay O’Dell, Director of Postgraduate Studies

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.