Research training for young champions and parent and carer champions

This month, our Participation in Research Officer, Rachael Stemp, led research training for Anna Freud’s new young champions and parent and carer champions.

Young people and their families are at the centre of what we do. We work with our Champions across a range of projects to ensure our projects are relevant to, and reflective of, the needs and experiences of young people and their families.

This training focussed on what research is, common research methods, research ethics, analysis, dissemination and research funding.

We also discussed together the value of Champions at Anna Freud and different ways they can get involved in research, including examples from previous projects.

Here are some examples of what the session included:

The research cycle

Different methods we can use

We discussed a range of methods, how to design research and collect data using each method, and their advantages and disadvantages. For example:


Research participation

Plus their role in research, and our participatory approach at Anna Freud. You can read more about our participation strategy here.

The session was full of rich discussion, questions, and a fair bit of laughter! Some of the feedback from attendees includes:

The session was well presented by Rachael who shared a great oversight of research skills in an accessible and engaging format. The analogies that Rachael shared helped frame research in an accessible way for people who may not be familiar with the process.”

It was really useful to go through different types of research and how they were relevant to the champion role and Anna Freud in general”.

We are really looking forward to working with this new cohort of champions across our research projects, here at CORC and in collaboration with colleagues across Anna Freud.

If you are interested in CORC delivering similar training to support your work, or any participation requirements, please do get in touch.

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