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Children and Families Research

Focus of Our Research

CFR undertakes unique, niche extensive research in children, young people and their families, long term conditions, public health, primary care, participation in decision-making and choice, improving service design/delivery and evaluation. In turn we aim to influence policy development in this field. 

CRF utilises a range of innovative participatory, arts based and mixed methods and approaches. We have a strong and growing expertise in evidence synthesis and an interest in how new technologies and media (eHealth) can support our work.

The Team

 Professor Jane Coad Thumbnail

Professor Jane Coad (Group leader)

Children and family nursing

 Dr. Anita Franklin

Dr. Anita Franklin

Personalisation in children's care, disabled childhood studies and inclusion of disabled children

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Dr. Elizabeth Bailey

Midwifery care, maternity services and reproductive health

 Dr. Alex Toft

Dr. Alex Toft

Health, wellbeing and lives of children, young people and families

 Nicky Ashley

Nicky Ashley

Health, wellbeing and lives of children, young people and families

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Charlotte Clowes



  • Teenage Cancer Trust Nursing and Staff Support Evaluation
  • Teenage Cancer Trust Competency and Career Framework for Nursing
  • WellChild Through the Eyes of Children, Young People and Their Families
  • Children’s Liver Disease Foundation: My Liver App
  • Best Beginnings Baby Buddy App
  • VIPER (Voice, Inclusion, Participation, Empowerment, Research)
  • The BIG WellChild Study: Phase One
  • Iolanthe Midwifery Award: Listening to the nutritional needs of pregnant women
  • NSPCC The Experience and Views of Deaf and Disabled Young People about the Child Protection System
  • SOFT UK: How can siblings of a brother and sister with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition be best supported?
  • Together for Short Lives Evaluation of the Transition Taskforce
  • Together for Short Lives  Evaluation of the Commissioning Networks
  • Comic Relief: Sexual Exploitation of Young People with Learning Disabilities