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Research programme: Children and young people's occupations

Carolyn DunfordDr Carolyn Dunford, Head of Research at The Children’s trust, Tadworth will be leading the research programme for children and young people's occupations. This research programme aims to grow an international occupational therapy networks by identifying active researchers in the field to enable collaboration and support. This will facilitate building an evidence base in child and adolescent mental health. This research programme will be formally launched this year.

Challenges and choices: a manifesto for research into children and young people's occupations.

We invite all others who support this manifesto to make this vision of evidence based practice in occupational therapy for children and young people a reality. In order to express your support sign up here and we will commit to organise an event if there is enough interest. 


Count me in



19-20 May 2014 Count me in! Child and Youth Occupations Conference


Children and young people’s occupations

Children and young people’s occupations are significantly influenced by their environment, affective, cognitive and physical abilities as well as their chronological age and developmental level. Developmental norms are available from a range of sources to guide occupational therapists about typical occupations at specified ages. However, there is still much to learn about the development of children and young people’s occupation and the impact that mental health issues may have on the development of health promoting occupations. To see more about self-care, productivity and play and leisure occupations click here.


Useful resources

http://www.youngminds.org.uk/  YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

Primary care and Youth Mental Health (PrYme) Focus This is a resource developed by the Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trustmental health research centre. It is an accessible and concise summary of our published research to provide practitioners, service users, and researchers  with the ‘need to know’ information regarding our most recent findings.


Carolyn is a PhD supervisor, read her profile.