Centre of Excellence for Childhood, Inclusion and Society (CECIS)
Working towards a more inclusive society through creative co-productive approaches
In collaboration with:
- University of Oxford Early Years Research Network
- West Sussex Maintained Nursery Schools
- National Activity Providers Association (NAPA)
The Centre of Excellence in Childhood, Inclusion and Society [CECIS] welcomes students, academics, external partners, and partner settings from a range of different disciplines. Co-production is at the heart of everything we do and hope to achieve.
Our activities and research are highly regarded, both nationally and internationally, across social work, social care, childhood, education, and innovative qualitative methodologies.
We are an enthusiastic and experienced interdisciplinary team committed to fostering a nurturing environment for collaborative research that make a positive difference to people’s lives and contributes towards the creation of a more inclusive society.
The Special Education interest group, affiliated with the Centre, has a particular focus on working with children with special educational needs and disability using co-productive approaches.
Working to improve outcomes for all
Our members publish regularly with leading journals and publishers. See below a select list of recent outputs.
- Edwards, B. and Lyndon, S. (2021) From adversity to university – the transformational power of a bespoke bridging module to support those affected by homelessness into higher education. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning Journal. 23(1):102-122
- Lyndon, S. (2023) ‘Supporting those in poverty’ in Webb, R. and Solvason, C. (eds) Exploring and celebrating the Early Childhood Practitioner: An interrogation of pedagogy, professionalism and practice. Abingdon: Routledge
- Lyndon, S. and Moss, H. (2022) Creating meaningful interactions for young children, older friends and nursery school practitioners within an intergenerational project. Early Childhood Education Journal. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-022-01330-5
- Mikuska, E., Raffai, J. and Vukov Raffai, E. (2023) Thinking through the lens of dialogical self, I positions and intersectionality for exploring how Hungarian kindergarten pedagogues experienced the new Curriculum Framework. Global Studies of Childhood. 14 (2) https://doi.org/10.1177/20436106231181133
- Mikuska, E., Fairchild, N., Sabine, A. and Barton, S. (2023) Quality Early Childhood Education and Care practices: Importance of skills, knowledge, and the graduate practitioner competencies. International Journal of Early Years Education. 31 (3)
- Mikuska, E., Raffai, J. and Vukov Raffai, E. (2022) Secondary analysis of qualitative data: Hungarian minority kindergarten pedagogues’ perspectives of the new Curriculum Framework in Serbia. Journal of Early Childhood and Society. 3 (3), 259-269. https://doi.org/10.37291/2717638X.202233181
- Simpson, D., Mazzocco, P., Loughran, S., Lumsden, E., Lyndon, S. and Winterbottom, C. (2023) New Normal' or continued 'Social Distancing'? Preschool practitioners’ responses to poverty across post-lockdown England and the USA. Journal of Early Childhood Research. DOI: 10.1177/1476718X231175459/ ID: JECR-22-0094.R1
- Turner, D and Linton, A; Virtual wobble spaces: A pilot study of the outcomes of online therapeutic spaces on practitioner well-being and social work practice, The British Journal of Social Work, 2022;, bcac226, https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcac226
- Turner, D (2022) ‘You Took me Back to the sea:’ Using Narrative to Explore and Inform the Practice of Social Work with Dying People’ Illness, Crisis and Loss, Available at https://doi.org/10.1177/10541373221105806
- Turner, D. (Ed) (2021) Social Work and Covid 19: Lessons for Education and Practice, Critical Publishing, Foreword by Dr Ruth Allen
- Critical Publishing | Social Work and Covid-19 - Lessons for Education and Practice, Edited by Denise Turner
- Turner, D; Price, M (2020) ‘Resilient when it comes to death’: Exploring the significance of bereavement for the well-being of social work students, Qualitative Social Work,
A full list of publications can be found on our ChiPrints page.
How we're helping create change
So far, a total of more than 149 students have taken part in our From Adversity to University project – 33 of whom have been affected by homelessness, and many of whom are recovering from addiction.
Nine of these have progressed to study at degree level, one has completed a degree in Fine Art (and is currently studying a law conversion course at Masters level), and one has completed a PGCE and is now employed as a teacher in a school.
For those who have experienced homelessness, the module is run in collaboration with local charities and many of the students live in hostels or ‘move on’ houses.
Events and News
Dr Denise Turner - Upcoming Keynote
‘Sudden Unexpected Child Death: Learning from Parental experience.’ Pan Sussex Bereavement Support Network Conference, delivered by the Sussex Child Death Review Partnership, the University of Sussex, 5th September 2023.
Monthly Research Cafés in Childhood and Social Policy
The research café is a friendly and supportive space to share research, regardless of whether you are at the beginning of your research journey or a seasoned traveller.
The café is open once a month (Monday from 4pm to 5pm) and is accessible both face-to-face on the University’s Bishop Otter Campus and online.