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Ethos / Mission Statement


There are a number of key features which characterise the Children's Research Centre's ethos:

  • Our perspective is informed by the life-course, connecting childhood experiences with adult outcomes.
  • Multidisciplinary perspectives: The Centre values the rich contribution of diverse disciplinary perspectives.
  • Supportive work environment: The Centre promotes a strongly collegial and supportive environment for its staff.
  • Partnership: Adopting a partnership approach to its work with funders and stakeholders.
  • Whilst most of the research undertaken in the Centre is conducted in an Irish context it is of international significance.

Mission Statement

The Children's Research Centre undertakes multi-disciplinary policy and practice relevant research into the lives of children and young people, and the contexts within which they live their lives. In its work the Centre strives to produce high quality research of interest to researchers, policy makers and service providers. The Centre also aims to build capacity around researching children's lives. It works closely with statutory, voluntary and community bodies concerned with children. The Centre is also committed to forging strong links with Irish and international colleagues in the field of child and youth research.

Future Developments

The Centre is currently undergoing a review of its aims and purposes within TCD. It is anticipated that a newly reconfigured Centre will be launched later this year. The hallmarks of the new Centre will include an increased cross-disciplinary reach across Trinity's Schools and Faculties, bringing together both staff and doctoral students in a research forum to further develop research projects of international impact.

Last updated 28 January 2016 by The Children′s Research Centre (Email).