Successful buildings, communities and urban areas must incorporate the
needs of users into their design. Human geography research at Leicester
has enabled town planners and local authorities to incorporate the
community's needs into the design of new schools, villages and urban
areas. This work has benefited both professionals (e.g. in Local
Authorities in Northamptonshire and Leicester) and the community groups
they serve. It has also successfully brought together users (especially
children, young people and adults), community organisations, practitioners
and policy- makers into direct dialogue, enabling productive partnership
working between these groups.
The research addressed the lack of insight from research, policy and
practice in relation to adolescents who are neglected within families.
Findings have informed policy development at a national level, and were
the basis of a guide to good practice, published and circulated widely by
the (then) Department for Children Schools and Families ((DCSF), now the
Department for Education (DfE)), and a guide for young people to increase
their awareness of neglect, published and circulated by the National
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). At a local
level, researchers worked intensively over 18 months with the whole senior
management tier from Children's Services in one local authority to enable
understanding and refocusing so that adolescent neglect becomes a
legitimate part of practice. Managers went on to enable the shift in
practice with their teams, and adolescent neglect has been included in
revised safeguarding screening tools approved by the Local Safeguarding
Children Board (LSCB).
This case study demonstrates the impact generated through research
studies at Plymouth University into `sexting', the self-generation and
distribution of explicit images, by children and young people. The
findings have informed briefing material for Ofsted inspectors, been used
to develop material for schools, and led to schools developing new
curriculum based support and peer mentoring. The research has also
extended the understanding of the emerging issues and helped inform
national debate and public discourse.
This case study describes the policy and practice impacts of a series of
studies by Claire Fox and colleagues on children's and young people's
social and emotional wellbeing, in particular counselling provision in
schools and domestic abuse prevention education. The research on the
effectiveness of school counselling has been used by the Welsh Assembly to
argue for a national roll-out of counselling in Welsh secondary schools.
It is also being used by those responsible for commissioning counselling
services in England and Northern Ireland. The research on young people and
domestic abuse (DA) centres on the evaluation of a particular DA
prevention programme delivered in North Staffordshire by local charity Arch.
This organisation has benefited substantially from the research findings
in terms of sustaining their work in schools. The research has also had a
broader impact in terms of influencing UK, and European, policy on DA
prevention education in schools.
Professor Frost has undertaken a substantial body of work relating to
multi-professional work with vulnerable children and young people. This
has had an impact on public policy and practice, through publications,
conferences and Professor Frost's direct engagement with public bodies.
Through engagement with public bodies Professor Frost's work has helped to
inform, influence and change policy and practice. There has been an impact
on the work of Safeguarding Boards, in the field of child sexual
exploitation and on the practice of multi-disciplinary working across a
number of organisations.
At a time when youth gangs were high on the UK and Scottish governments'
agendas and a focus of media concern, this research was instrumental in
changing understandings of the origins of youth gangs, and why they engage
in violent conflict. A key insight was that significant gang behaviour had
its origins in extreme forms of place attachment. The impact encompassed
changes in policy direction and programmes aimed at tackling youth
violence, including policies in Scotland such as `No Knives Better Lives'.
Through very substantial publicity, including coverage on 2 primetime TV
documentaries, the research informed public understandings, and challenged
conventional wisdom on the nature, organisation and behaviour of youth
University of Reading research has raised awareness of a group that is
often overlooked in policy
and practice: young carers and families affected by HIV. It has revealed
the factors that influence
involvement and outcomes in young care-giving and identified the support
needs for young people
and those that they look after.
The research has led to newly funded support services in East Africa and
the UK, international and
national practice guidelines, and capacity-building among professionals.
The impact has
predominantly been the enhancement of wellbeing, health and social care,
and families' rights and welfare provision.
The University of Huddersfield's School of Education and Professional
Development has produced an extensive body of research addressing the
experiences and needs of educationally marginalised young people. This
work has developed understanding of the experiences of young people not in
education, employment or training (NEET), learners in alternative
education and those on low-level vocational programmes. Responding to
stakeholder demands for a more nuanced insight into these problems and
their possible solutions, research has been disseminated to practitioners,
policymakers, voluntary organisations, local authorities and the wider
public through conference presentations, keynote addresses and the media,
benefiting user communities at local, regional and national levels.
Research in the area of Critical Disability Studies carried out at
Manchester Metropolitan University has directly led to a change in
government policy on the family finding process for 4,000 children in the
UK currently awaiting adoption. At both national and regional level, the
research has influenced the provision of services for disabled children
and their families, ranging from the commissioning of short break services
to funding decisions for charity. The research has also influenced the
strategy of Scope, the disability charity, with regard to resilience in
disabled people's lives, and contributed to the training of teachers for
children with learning disabilities.
The case study addresses the impact of the project `Children Decide:
power, participation and purpose in the primary classroom' (2004-6)
regarding its two aims: developing collaborative approaches to
decision-making in schools, and advancing methodological understanding of
children as action researchers. The project made a subsequent
methodological contribution (children as researchers) to educational
evaluation and policy in two international organisations. Since 2008, the
project has had a direct and significant impact on children's
participation in decision-making in Norfolk schools, as reported by the
teachers and those who attended dissemination conferences and professional
development initiatives, and nationally by educators who used the