The Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF) is an interdisciplinary centre located in the University of East Anglia's Faculty of Social Sciences.

Professor Jonathan Dickens in the School of Social Work is the Centre Director.

CRCF is also a member of the global network of ChildWatch research institutions. The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) rank the School of Social Work 4th (Times Higher Education) in the country for overall research with 90% of our research ranked “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”.




  • To undertake research on a wide range of child and family issues across regional, national and international contexts.

  • To use research to advance our understanding of the  development of children and the diverse nature and meanings of family life across the life course in a changing and multi-cultural society.

  • To advance our knowledge of the effectiveness and efficiency of services across the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.

  • To work in collaboration with, or on behalf of, child and family agencies in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.

  • To develop and disseminate research knowledge which will inform and have an impact on policy and practice, enhancing the well-being of children and families.