Dr. Anita Franklin

I am a Reader in Children and Family Research within the Children and Families themes of CTEHR and I have responsibility for our work concerning the involvement of children, young people and their families. My background lies in childhood studies and children’s rights. I have combined a research career in academia and within the voluntary sector where I have been able to apply my research to maximise policy and practice impact. I studied for my PhD at York University and for a number of years worked within the Social Policy Research Unit, York University. Through my work there I developed a specific interest in the lives of disabled children and young people and the application of the social model of disability to the areas of choice, participation and inclusion of disabled children and young people. All of my research involves giving a “voice” to children and young people through making research accessible to them as participants, through giving a voice to those seldom heard or through empowering them to be co-researchers and co-producers of research. 

  • The sexual exploitation of young people with learning disabilities
  • Supporting disabled young researchers to undertake research on behalf of The Office of the Children’s Commissioner into disabled children and young people’s views on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Co-production of a Guide to Participation of Disabled Young People in Decision-Making in the SEND Reforms
  • Evaluation of the “Friendships for All” project to promote friendship opportunities for looked after disabled children
  • Talking about Child Protection: The views and experiences of maltreated deaf and disabled children and young people about the child protection system
  • Evaluation of Together for Short Lives’ project: Improving Children’s Palliative Care Engagement within the Special Educational Needs and Disability Reforms
  • Evaluation consultancy to the Caring to Succeed Project. Carers Support Service. Warwickshire
  • Scoping review of the practical care arrangements for trafficked children and those who may be trafficked: In partnership with Dr Lisa Doyle, The Refugee Council. 
  • The participation of disabled children and young people in decisions about services. A participatory research study involving 16 disabled young researchers.
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