Research & Resources

Research, Resources, Parents Under Pressure, Infant Mental Health and Trauma-Informed Care

At Childhood Matters we use models, frameworks and ways of thinking about our work that are supported by research in order to give people we work with the best possible experience of our service.

We also have a strong commitment to professional and academic development among our workforce through supporting staff to gain undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD level qualifications in psychology, social care, child care, child protection and infant mental health from universities in the UK and Ireland.

We train all our family development practitioners to accreditation level in Parents Under Pressure and have generous training schemes for all employees in specific areas of early years, attachment, parenting and further learning.

Parents Under Pressure


Infant Mental Health


Trauma Informed Care


Lighthouse Parenting Programme


Research projects

Research projects that Childhood Matters have supported led to publication of articles in peer reviewed journals include:

  • Carr Hopkins, R., De Búrca, C. & Aldridge, R. (2017). Assessing attachment in school-aged children: Do the School-Age Assessment of Attachment and Family Drawings work together as complementary tools? Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
  • Kiely, E, O’Sullivan, N. & Tobin, M. (2018). Centre-based supervised child-parent contact in Ireland: The views and experiences of fathers, supervisors and key stakeholders. Children and Youth Services Review
  • MacConaill, S & Keogh, T. (2020). Using the Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) approach as a model of communicating care. Foster
  • O’Connor (2016). Practitioner Research in education settings: A tool for learning, empowerment and change
  • O’Sullivan, N. (2018). Creating space to think and feel in child protection social work; a psychodynamic intervention, Journal of Social Work Practice

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