Collaborative research project to work out what works best for abused and neglected children

Posted by ap507 at May 01, 2014 11:41 AM |
Professor Panos Vostanis involved in collaborative project into child development outcomes for maltreated children

A collaborative team of researchers, including Professor Panos Vostanis (pictured) from the School of Psychology and Greenwood Institute of Child Health, is launching a new multi-disciplinary project to examine what works best for abused or neglected children – going into care or staying at home with support.

The study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), will find out when going into care can improve their wellbeing and life chances and when it may instead compound the effects of children’s previous experiences of abuse or neglect. The findings will provide important evidence to guide social care and health services when they make difficult decisions that will impact on children’s lives.

Running from April 2014 to March 2016, the study will use surveys, assessment tools and interviews to gather information on children’s general health and development, emotional, behavioural or attachment difficulties, language development and early reading skills, their overall wellbeing and whether they have been re-abused.

The Greenwood Institute of Child Health at the University of Leicester is internationally established for its research on the impact of trauma on the mental health of different groups of vulnerable children such as those in public care, refugee and asylum seeking, homeless, victims of domestic violence, adopted, or in contact with the courts. This research is presented in a recently published text by Professor Vostanis entitled ‘Helping Children and Young People who Experience Trauma: Children of Hope, Children of Despair’. 

More information on the project ‘Home or care? Pathways and outcomes for maltreated children in a multi-ethnic cohort’ is available here.

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