“We aim to increase knowledge that contributes to policy and practice that works to achieve social equality, justice and the wellbeing and participation

of children and families as citizens locally, nationally and internationally”


About the Centre


The Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research (CACYFR) is an internationally renowned centre of excellence for innovative research that tackles some of the most entrenched social problems impacting children, youth and families. Established for over 25 years, CACYFR is a dynamic space for innovating thinking and practice, including influencing policy in response to current issues affecting children, youth and families.

The Centre comprises a multi-disciplinary team of highly regarded academics from across the University drawn from areas including social work, health, social policy, sociology, political science, psychology and education. The Centre hosts a vibrant postgraduate research community including students from overseas in fully equipped state of the art facilities.

We have undertaken a wide range of research, evaluation and development projects, working with a variety of local, national and international partners. These have included the EU FP7 COPING project concerning the needs of children of imprisoned parents, UNICEF projects to inform National Action Plans on child sexual abuse, ground breaking research concerned with Child Welfare Inequalities and Re-imagining Child Protection, European funded projects on child and youth participation, a portfolio of local and national evaluations and funding from the EU and large scale funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund to establish an innovative initiative involving use of on line gaming to reduce domestic violence.

The Centre has recently received awards for its work on reducing gender based violence (http://noneinthree.hud.ac.uk/) including winning the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) Engage award out of 180 universities in the category of Health and Well-being; as well as the Queen’s Award for its research with vulnerable children and families.


We are committed to producing research that makes a difference, which means that our work is child focused, practice based, policy relevant and has real-world impact.

We seek to involve professionals, as well as children, youth and families as research partners using innovative, creative and participatory methodologies to support learning for change. Through our work we create opportunities for dialogue, learning and reflection and to build capacity for change in organisations, communities and public service systems.

The Centre has expertise in service evaluation and improvement projects working with local authorities, NHS trusts, community and voluntary sector organisations, schools and government policy initiatives. Centre staff are experienced in using coproduction and collaborative action inquiry approaches with stakeholders to make better use of knowledge and learning to inform developments in policy and practice.

We welcome opportunities for new partnerships and I hope you enjoy finding out more about our projects and publications. Please contact us if you would like to discuss opportunities for working with the Centre or require further information.


Professor Barry Percy-Smith (B.Percy-Smith@hud.ac.uk) 01484 473131
Director of the Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research


Professor Brid Featherstone (Deputy Director) (B.M.Featherstone@hud.ac.uk)