Children and young people theme

The aim of our research at UWE Bristol 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 in health outcomes. 

We employ methodologies that actively engage children, young people and their families in research and dissemination processes.

Our research is undertaken across different settings. We involve practitioners and professionals from different backgrounds, and staff from a range of academic disciplines. These include health and social sciences, clinical, educational and environmental sciences.

Research themes

There are many themes that run through our research group:

  • Supporting young mothers through pregnancy and early parenthood
  • Preventing injuries in the home in pre-school children
  • Injury prevention and injury care of school-aged children and adolescents
  • Burns and scalds in children and young people
  • Promoting the uptake of healthy behaviours such as breastfeeding and immunisation
  • The development of speech and language in young children
  • Participation of children and young people in research
  • Developing the evidence base in children’s palliative and end of life care; Advance Care Planning, seizure management and Quality of Life measurement.
  • Supporting parents following a sudden unexplained death in infancy
  • Improving the assessment, delivery and evaluation of nutrition in critically ill children
  • Making routine critical care interventions (such as endotracheal suctioning) safer and more effective
  • Questioning and challenging routine practices in critical care units
  • Predicting earlier physiological deterioration of children in hospital and interventions to reduce adverse events of children in hospital
  • Non-medical and team based approaches to weaning mechanical ventilation and extubation in children in intensive care  
  • Developing nursing science in the field of children’s and neonatal intensive care
  • Evaluating scoring tools and their use in clinical practice.

Current projects

Nepal Injury Research Centre

A National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded project to inform policy and legislation and reduce injuries in Nepal. This research is not limited to children and young people.

Supporting Action through First-aid Education (SAFE) study

A mixed methods study funded by the British Red Cross exploring decision making in people using urgent care services and the potential role for first aid education to support decision making. Julie Mytton is Chief Investigator.

View the full report to see the findings.

Bumps and Babies Longitudinal Study (BaBBLeS)

An evaluation of the Baby Buddy app developed by Best Beginnings to support young mothers through pregnancy and the first six months post-delivery.

Toity Deave is Chief Investigator.

Children’s Burns Research Centre

Funded by the Scar Free Foundation as part of the Burns Collective, the Children’s Burns Research Centre is an academic network led by the University of Bristol and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UHB).

This is in partnership with UWE Bristol, the University of Bath and Cardiff University, with support from the Welsh Assembly Government. Julie Mytton and Toity Deave are members of the Prevention theme.

Child Injury Prevention and Injury Care Health Integration Team (CIPIC HIT)

A network of clinicians, practitioners and scientists, working together to reduce the number of unintentional injuries to children across the wider Bristol area. 

In addition, improve the outcome for patients when injuries do happen. We are completing a child injury health needs assessment to direct future research.

Paediatric Early Warning Systems – Utilisation and Mortality Avoidance (PUMA)

Lyvonne Tume is Co-investigator on this four year study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) HSDR programme. We will help standardise monitoring of children in hospital, identify deterioration quickly and prevent harm to hospitalised children across the United Kingdom.

Colin Powell, Cardiff University is Chief Investigator.


A study to evaluate the feasibility of conducting a trial to evaluate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of a more permissive temperature threshold for antipyretic intervention in critically ill children with fever due to infection.

Lyvonne Tume is site Principal Investigator and Mark Peters, is Chief Investigator, Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre.

Sedation AND Weaning In Children (SANDWICH)

An NIHR HTA stepped wedge cluster randomised trial of sedation and weaning in children in UK PICUs.

This three year study will evaluate the impact of a team based protocol to reduce the length of mechanical ventilation in children on intensive care.

Lyvonne Tume is Co-investigator and Bronagh Blackwood, Queens University of Belfast is Chief Investigator.

Our members

Meet the members of the Children and Young People research centre:

For further information, please contact Dr Julie Mytton.

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