New Centre for Children and Young People’s Health and Well-Being to be launched
A pioneering research centre with a focus on improving children and young people’s health and well-being will be launched on Friday, November 12, at the Guildhall in Swansea, by Professor Richard B Davies, Swansea University’s Vice-Chancellor.
The Centre for Children and Young People’s Health and Well-Being (CCYPHW), based within the University’s College of Human and Health Sciences, aims to provide leading research and consultancy in partnership with external organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Dr Non Thomas, founding Director of CCYPHW, said: “This exciting development at Swansea University brings together leading experts in child-related research. CCYPHW will initiate and foster collaborations with front-line policy makers and practitioners across Wales and beyond.
“The new Centre draws together well-established research at the University including research into young people’s health, rights, welfare and inclusion. It is dedicated to enhancing the lives of the younger generation and promoting cutting-edge research that gives a voice to the young person.”
While one focus of the research centre is on health, including obesity, diabetes, health promotion and mental health, an emphasis will also be placed on well-being, including child abuse and neglect, play and disability.
Children and young people’s rights will be explored, as well as many issues relating to migration.
Professor Melanie Jasper, Head of Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences, added: “This pioneering venture embraces research from birth through to early adulthood and will influence and enhance the lives of children and young people at a local, national and international level.”
Reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of CCYPHW’s research, speakers for this launch include Keith Towler, Children’s Commissioner for Wales; Professor Gareth Stratton, Professor of Paediatric Exercise Science, Liverpool John Moores University; Area Manager Chris Davies, Corporate Head of Risk Reduction, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service; Professor Heaven Crawley, Professor of International Migration, Swansea University; Professor Bernie Carter, Professor of Children's Nursing, University of Central Lancashire; and Professor Marion Hetherington, Professor of Biopsychology, University of Leeds.
Speaking ahead of the event Professor Richard B Davies concluded: “This is another exciting example of Swansea University growing and deploying its world-leading research strengths to benefit society. There is no other child-related research centre in the UK that has the range of disciplines brought together here at Swansea; the Centre is an exemplar of multidisciplinary collaboration. I congratulate my colleagues on their achievement.”
For more information about the research expertise at CCYPHW, becoming an Associate Member, or undertaking collaborative work or a PhD in the Centre, please contact Dr Non Eleri Thomas, Tel: 01792 602997, or email: email@example.com.