Vulnerable groups

NFER has a strong track record of research around children and young people who are disengaged and disadvantaged.

Our researchers have expertise in conducting research with and about a range of vulnerable groups including:

The wide range of research projects conducted in these areas has entailed the collection of rigorous evidence, often in the form of detailed case studies. This body of evidence has  been used to inform national policy and programme developments and has contributed to improvements  in the educational and social outcomes for young people.

A particular area of specialism relates our expertise in engaging vulnerable and ‘hard to reach’ young people and families in the research process, supporting those who are marginalised in society to have a voice on issues that affect them. 

To find out more about our work in this area please contact Julie Nelson, Shona MacLeod or Kerry Martin

"Trying to get by": consulting with children and young people on child poverty

Evaluation of the Children
in Trouble Programme

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