Institute for Research in Child Development (IRCD)

The IRCD brings together a wide range of work across different research teams in the Department of Psychology, Social Work & Public Health. This includes work on health and wellbeing in pregnancy, an examination of the use of birthing pools during labour, safeguarding children, understanding both typical and atypical development in children and young adults and prevention of unhealthy lifestyles, particularly relating to the consumption of alcohol.

Some of the work of the IRCD focuses on the description of healthy behaviour and typical development and explanations of developmental processes in different domains. Other work is concerned with understanding the mechanisms underlying unhealthy behaviour and atypical development and examination of ways to support children and their families.

Researchers in the IRCD come from a range of professional backgrounds, including psychology, social work, nursing, health visiting and public health. Many also work with professionals from other disciplines in health and education and are concerned with the production of practical assessment tools and the evaluation of intervention approaches to help support families and children to achieve their full potential. Our research also informs best practice guidelines used in schools, hospitals, and social care environments.

Research within the IRCD takes place across three research groups

Funding success

Members of the institute have recently received funding for a number of research projects including:

  • The impact of new technologies on the reading and phonological skills of deaf primary school children. Harris, M. Funder: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC). £332,181. Awarded 2013
  • Navigational abilities of typically developing individuals and individuals with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Wilmut, K. & Barnett, A. L. Funder: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC). £280,261.Awarded 2012.
  • Sleep disturbance in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Barnett, A.L & Wiggs, L. Funder: The Waterloo Foundation. £59,341. Awarded 2012


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