Oxford Brookes University incorporating the Institute of Public Care

The Institute of Public Care (IPC) is a research and development centre of Oxford Brookes University specialising in projects that drive innovation and improvement in public care in support of a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing. Working with research colleagues within the university Faculty of Health and Life Sciences and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, we offer a wealth of experience and expertise in providing high quality and large-scale quantitative and qualitative research across a range of areas of relevance to the effective provision of social care for children and families, including in relation to:

  • Care experienced children and young people (including adopted children) and their emotional health needs.
  • Interventions with children and young people on the edge of care.
  • Early targeted help for very vulnerable first time parents.
  • Children and young people at risk of exploitation.
  • Working with families where there is domestic abuse, parental substance misuse and/or parental mental health problems.
  • Engaging effectively with parents with a learning disability or difficulty and/or with fathers.
  • Culturally attuned family support.
  • Transitions to adulthood.
  • Whole system practice change and development.
  • Effective leadership of children’s social care services.