Children and young people

Research related to children and young people at UWE covers a range of academic disciplines including health and social sciences, clinical, educational and environmental sciences. This work informs and influences public policy and practice, at local, regional, national and international levels.

The aim of our research is to improve the health, wellbeing and life chances of children and young people, particularly those in vulnerable groups. We are committed to research that addresses inequalities and employing methodologies that actively engage children and young people in research and dissemination processes. 

Our research is applied and includes evaluating the impact of a range of community interventions focused on improving the health and life style choices of children, young people, their families and communities. A multi-disciplinary approach to research and practice is central to all our work and includes psychologists; clinical practitioners; speech and language therapists; public health and health promotion specialists and methodologists. Our work is undertaken across different settings, sectors and particular groups. Settings include: communities; clinical environments; schools; prisons and with a wide range of health and social care organisations (Local Authority Children and Young People’s Services; Higher Education; Third sector organisations and NHS). Researchers have a strong reputation for publication across the broad field of children and young people’s health and have received funding from a number of NHS and HE funding streams as well as a wide range of local and third sector funders.

We have strong collaborative links with the Centre for Child and Adolescent Health (Co-Director, Dr Julie Mytton) with specialisms in Child Development and Disability (Alan Emond at The Healing Foundation Children's Burns Research Centre).  The Centre for Child and Adolescent Health annual report provides clear evidence of this collaboration.  The Children and Young People theme also has strong collaborative links with the Centre for Burns Research (Dr Toity Deave) with Professors Nichola Rumsey and Diana Harcourt from the Centre for Appearance Research.

For further information, please contact Dr Julie Mytton.

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