The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre

Welcome to the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre (UCFRC) at the National University of Ireland, Galway and as part of the Institute for Lifecourse and Society.

Research undertaken at the UCFRC is strongly connected to applied work for children and families and relevant to a diverse range of stakeholders including service users, policymakers, politicians, service managers and front line staff. Activities are focused on knowledge creation around ‘what works’ in the real world of practice and on utilising community-based approaches to working with and for children and their families. Through our various partnerships, the UCFRC is at the heart of policy, research and evaluation activities that inform the delivery system for child welfare.

The Centre is delighted to have renowned Actor Cillian Murphy as the Centre Patron. For more information on Cillian's work with the Centre please click here


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News updates from the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre

21st March 2017: Standing with the European Parliament against violent extremism : Professor Pat Dolan  at the European Parliament in Brussels with UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova


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Final week to answer: Call for Abstracts UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, 8th Biennial International Conference | 8–9 June 2017. Deadline 31st March 2017

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Deadline for Abstract submission is Friday, March 31, 2017. Visit the conference site and apply by clicking  here