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Research partnerships

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Rudd Centre collaborations and partnerships

Current Collaborators

CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy 

CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy and Dr John Simmonds: CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy is the leading membership organisation dedicated to improving outcomes for children and young people in care by supporting the agencies and professionals who work with them.

CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy

Family Futures

Aim to improve the lives of children who have not been given the best start in life – by finding them new, secure families; by working with families to help them parent traumatised children differently; and by providing leading edge training and development to parent and health care professionals – to create happy family environments for today, tomorrow and beyond.

Family Futures website

Adoption UK

Support service for adoptive families.  A leading charity providing support, awareness and understanding for  those parenting or supporting children who cannot live with their birth parents.  Adoption UK provide peer to peer support, influence decision makers and provide training.

Adoption UK website

Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, Wales (CAFCASS Cymru)

Every year Cafcass helps over 140,000 children and young people who are going through care or adoption proceedings, or whose parents have separated and are unable to agree about future arrangements for their children. Cafcass is the voice of children in the family courts and helps to ensure that children’s welfare is put first during proceedings.

CAFCAS Cymru website

Barnardo’s Cymru

Provides services across the country working with vulnerable children, young people, families and communities, helping them to build a better future.

Barnados Cyru website

Bennett Institute of Public Policy

Launched in 2018, the Bennett Institute conducts academic and policy research to address major challenges facing the world - in particular inequality – and proposing sustainable, innovative policy approaches.

Bennett Institute website

Cambridge Public Health

An organisation aiming to tackle societies public health problems through international collaboration. The organisation aims to improve research evidence, capacity building, and impact to build a better word.

Cambridge Public Health website

The Rudd Centre Director, Prof. Gordon Harold, is leading on one of the pillars of Cambridge Public Health, focusing on Public Mental Health.

Cambridge Children’s Hospital

A children’s hospital with a university research facility, the hospital will bring together physical and mental health. The hospital aims to take a holistic approach, considering the child, family, school and wider community, and puts the child at the centre of everything that they do.

Cambridge Children's Hospital website

Cambridge Aid

A local charity providing practical, rapid support to vulnerable families and individuals living in poverty in the Cambridge community. Cambridge Aid supports families in poverty, homeless people, domestic abuse victims who've fled a violent partner, individuals in financial crisis linked to mental health problems - and many others. Cambridge Aid makes small grants to pay for food, bedding, clothing, and white goods. The emergency grants not only provide practical support to people in dire need, but they offer them a little dignity in difficulty times

Cambridge Aid website

Project Partnerships

The Early Growth and Development Study (EGDS)

A nationwide prospective longitudinal study of over 500 children who were adopted at birth in the United States. The study has followed the adoptive families up to child age 11 years, and the biological parents for 10 years with repeat assessments. Retention rates are over 85% for both biological and adoptive families. The study aims to investigate the relationship between heredity and the family environment (nature and nurture), and to understand how they work together and separately in child development, and to uniquely inform evidence-led understanding of processes that impact adoptive parents, children, and families.

Early Growth and Development Study website

The Cardiff IVF Study (C-IVF)

A genetically informative cross-sectional study of more than 1000 genetically related and genetically unrelated parent-child pairs with children following successful artificial reproductive treatment between 1994 and 2002 (child age 4 to 10 years). The study aims to investigate the effects of pre- and post-natal early environments on child development.

The Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS)

A New Zealand longitudinal general population birth cohort of more than 1000 children who were born in the Christchurch urban region during 1977 and were followed from birth into adulthood (38+ years). It aims to follow health, education and life progress of these children as they develop.

Christchurch Health and Development Study website

The Early Prediction of Adolescent Depression (EPAD)

A longitudinal high-risk sample of more than 300 parents with recurrent unipolar depression and their adolescent offspring (at first assessment: age 9-17 years) from the UK, followed up on 3 occasions (2007 – 2010). The study aimed to investigate the mechanisms of risk and resilience for the development of psychopathology across the course of adolescence.

The Oregon Juvenile Justice-Welfare Project

A sample of over 100 girls and their foster/kin parents in the final year of elementary school (~9 years old) participating in a randomised intervention trial designed to prevent the onset of delinquency among girls in foster care as they entered middle school. Participants were randomly and equally assigned to the intervention or to the foster care “as usual” condition.

The Russian School Twin Registry (RSTR)

An on-going project that aims to collect the data from ~100,000 twin pairs of school age (7-18years) in Russian Federation in order to contribute to Progress in Education through Gene-Environment Studies (PROGRESS).

The Beijing Twin Study

A longitudinal study of a representative sample of adolescent twins in Beijing (1,387 pairs of adolescent twins, mostly between the ages of 10 and 18 years). It aimed to investigate the aetiology of emotional and behavioural problems in China.

The English and Romanian Adoptee Study (ERA)

A longitudinal study of 165 Romanian child adopted into the UK in the early 1990s (between the age of 0-42 months), most of whom had spent their lives in very deprived institutions. As a control group a comparison sample of 52 non-deprived adopted children from within the UK (i.e. who had not lived in institutions) were also studied. Both groups of children have been followed-up at age 15 years and in young adulthood. The study aims to investigate the extent to which children can recover from extreme deprivation in early life when it is followed by a safe family environment in middle childhood.

Nuffield Foundation English and Romanian Adoptee Study website.

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Faculty of Education
University of Cambridge
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Centre Director

Professor Gordon Harold

Centre Deputy Director

Dr Ruth Sellers