Within the Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research, we have conducted research on a range of child protection and health issues affecting children and their families. Our work is carried out both locally and internationally, and on-going project work encompasses 16 countries worldwide. Our international partnerships include Higher Education institutions around the globe, as well as several international organisations including EU departments, UNICEF and, most recently, the British High Commission (Barbados) who worked alongside the Centre to disseminate a new publication on child abuse in the Caribbean.

The importance we place on collaborative working is exemplified by the COPING project which led to partnerships with non-government organisations and universities from a number of countries across Europe, including:

Alternative Sociale Association, Romania

Eurochips (European Network for Children of Imprisoned Parents), France

Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group

Quaker United Nations Office, Switzerland

Riksbryggan, Sweden

Technische Universitaet, Dresden, Germany

The Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Treffpunkt e.V.

Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Romania

On-going research conducted by centre members has also led to arrangements for collaborative work with a number of different agencies:

Makerere University and Wells of Hope, Uganda

In September 2013, researchers will attend a study week run by the Wells of Hope Project in Uganda involving visits to a residential school for children of prisoners as well as meetings with parents in prison and other family members, as part of a new research bid seeking to provide insights into the relationships between and across generations.


Professor Adele Jones and Dr Sue Peckover collaborated with the charity REFUGE in the establishment of the Sir Patrick Stewart Scholarship for the Study of Children and Domestic Violence, initially awarded to Julia Langley for study into teenage pregnancy and domestic violence. A second PhD scholarship has been awarded for commencement in 2014.

Stop It Now! (USA)

Stop It Now! hosted a webcast by Professor Adele Jones presenting the latest research findings on attitudes and beliefs about child sexual abuse in the Caribbean.

The Sweetwater Foundation, Grenada

A partnership between the Centre and the Sweetwater Foundation was established through Professor Adele Jones’ work on the prevention of child sexual abuse in the Caribbean, resulting in numerous other joint activities.

The University of the West Indies, Trinidad

Established through Professor Adele Jones’ work on the prevention of child sexual abuse in the Caribbean, the Centre’s relationship with the University of the West Indies has led to further collaborative research on childhood research, gender studies, domestic violence and children of prisoners.

The University of York, Middlesex University and Leeds Metropolitan University

Professor Eric Blyth has long standing partnerships with the University of York and Middlesex University, resulting in collaborative research into the psycho-social implications of infertility treatment.


Professor Adele Jones established a partnership with UNICEF in Barbados through her work on the prevention of child sexual abuse in the Caribbean. The relationship has resulted in numerous joint activities such as publications, joint research, professional development activities and knowledge sharing events.

WomenCentre, Calderdale

Dr Sue Peckover and Dr Berenice Golding have established a partnership with WomenCentre Calderdale to develop policy and practice on domestic violence, working together on the ‘Enhancing MARAC’ and MAZE domestic abuse evaluation studies. Dr Peckover’s ongoing collaboration with WomenCentre has also resulted in a series of masterclasses on domestic abuse and safeguarding children.