Child placement research in the Centre for Research on Children and Families builds on a long history of influential research going back to studies of permanence in fostering and adoption in the 1980s.

Our research has included a range of studies of adoption and foster care, with more recent projects including care planning, offenders in care and residential care.  Our studies have included all participants in the child placement process – children; birth, foster and adoptive family members; and multi-professional networks.

We have had a particular interest in engaging with the voices of children in our projects and also in exploring the role of birth families, particularly through contact. The CRCF has a reputation for using a psychosocial approach to understand both the family relationships and the systems that need to work well to ensure that placements are successful.

Current research projects:

Pathways and outcomes for children in need, at risk and in care (2015-2018)

Supporting long-term foster care (2015-2016)

A study of the experiences and identity development of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender young people in care and the support they receive (2014-2016)

Completed research projects since 2008

Evaluation of the transitions and mentoring service at Break (2013-15)

Contact after adoption (Three phases 1996-2000, 2002-2004, 2012-14)

Investigation of care planning and the role of the IRO (2012-14)

Success factors in adopter recruitment: Insights from adoption agency social work managers and marketing offices (2013)

Looked after children and offending (2010-12)

Evaluation of Fosternets (2009-10)

Care Planning for permanence in foster care (2008-10)

Researching Adoption Support (2005-10)