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Children's Research Centre

Welcome to the Children’s Research Centre

The Children's Research Centre is all about research with about and led by children and young people. Our primary objective is to empower children and young people as active researchers. The Children's Research Centre recognises that children and young people are experts on their own lives. We value the child's and young person’s perspective and believe in promoting individual voice by supporting children and young people to carry out research on topics that are important to them. The Children's Research Centre is based at the Open University in Milton Keynes. We offer diverse groups of children and young people a taught programme on all aspects of the research process followed by one-to-one support to design and carry out a research project. We also help them to disseminate their research findings and support a variety of outreach programmes. We have links to numerous schools and community organisations nationally and internationally and exist to contribute to the body of knowledge on childhood and children and young people’s lived experiences.


News & Events

Research Conversations: Exploring children and young people’s physical literacy

Wednesday 15th November 14:00 to 16:00 (GMT)

An online seminar hosted by the Children’s Research Centre at the Open University.

Join us for this two-part online seminar, where Dr Jane Dorrian from The Open University and Julie Powell from Early Years Wales will explore the impact and legacy of the Welsh Active Early Years Project. Following that, Dr Linda Plowright-Pepper, The Open University will share the findings from a recent knowledge exchange project she led with Leap, which explored young people’s attitudes and beliefs about physical activity.

Register via eventbrite


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Whatever your reasons for wanting to connect with us, you can contact us via email or social media on the addresses below


Twitter: @OpenUni_CRC