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Children, Young People and Families Theme

This focused research is highly effective and strongly inter-departmental

This theme focuses specifically on children, young people and their associated family members and is cross-departmental within the School of Health and Social Care. Academics across the School promote understanding of children and young people's experiences of illness, health, disability and those in disadvantaged circumstances through a user-centred, integrated programme of research, service evaluation and consultation.

By using a broad range of innovative but robust research techniques of engagement with children, young people and families research aims to build an evidence base to influence both policy and practice that is locally relevant and applicable nationally and internationally.

Research expertise

Aims of the research are to:

  • undertake high quality research to help promote the health and well-being of children and young people
  • undertake research that impacts on service users experiences of care
  • develop and evaluate new interventions that improve outcomes for children and young people
  • support transformational research and evaluation of both health and social care services;
  • develop skills for research with children, young people and families


The Children, Young People and Families Theme is led by Dr Alison Twycross. Search our People Finder for academics working in this theme. 

Research degrees

At LSBU, we recognise that you want to build on the potential and intellectual interests you have already developed. Our range of Research programmes focus on a major piece of independent research. A PhD, by definition, is an original contribution to knowledge. Therefore, our students become world experts in whatever field of research they are engaged in.

The School of Health and Social Care offers Research Degrees which enable you to conduct research in a topic area of interest to you:

  • PhD: full time - 3 years/part time - 5-6 years
  • MPhil: full time - 2 years/part time - 3 years
  • Professional Doctorate: part time only - 5 years

The School of Health and Social Care at LSBU currently has around 40 full and part-time MPhil/PhD students, for whom there are monthly seminars, support groups and an annual Summer School at which students are expected to present their work. There is an equipped MPhil/ PhD area within our School and our students are actively encouraged to attend a rolling programme of research methods courses. Read more about Research Degrees at LSBU

Research excellence

LSBU's School of Health and Social Care is a leading centre for research in London for nursing, midwifery, allied health professions, public health and social care. 80% of our research into Allied Health Professionals and Nursing was awarded the highest quality ratings of 4* or 3* for 'impact' (reach and significance) - Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.