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Research specialisms

Children and young people's wellbeing

We have a long track record of work in the broad field of young people's wellbeing, using a range of qualitative and quantitative techniques to support research and evaluation, including innovative, creative and often participatory research designs, which are usually developed in close collaboration with clients.

Our work in this field includes the following areas of expertise

  • personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE)
  • sex and relationships education (SRE) and sexual health
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) equality and inclusion, including issues related to homophobic and transphobic bullying
  • safeguarding and child protection
  • cyber bullying and e-safety issues for children and young people
  • school-based or linked health services and the broader extended school/healthy schools agenda
  • teenage pregnancy, 'young' parenting and related support services

Selected projects

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education in schools - a mapping exercise for Department for Education (2009-2010)

This project mapped delivery models of PSHE education in primary and secondary schools, and their effectiveness. The project included a nationally representative survey of primary and secondary schools PSHE co-ordinators, plus 15 school case studies across five local authorities.

Formby, E, Coldwell M, Stiell B, Demack S, Stevens A, Shipton L, Wolstenholme C, Willis B (2011) Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education: A mapping study of the prevalent models of delivery and their effectiveness for Department for Education
Research report and research brief available from the DfE website

Leicester - sex and relationships education (SRE) for Leicester City Council (2009 - 2010)

This project involved an audit of SRE provision for 0–19 year olds in Leicester and the subsequent development of a city-wide strategy. The methodology included documentary analysis, a survey to young people, and follow-up in-depth consultation focus groups with young people.

Review and gap analysis of post-16 SRE in Leicester for Leicester City Council (2009)

This project involved a review and gap analysis of SRE provision in the city (based on survey responses), follow-up interviews and discussion groups with stakeholders (young people, Leicester City Council and service providers), and offered strategic recommendations to help Leicester City Council develop future 16–19 SRE provision in the city.

Evaluation of lesbian and bisexual women and women who have sex with women's experiences of sexual health services, funded by the Centre for HIV and Sexual Health (2009)

This research, funded by the NHS, explored lesbian and bisexual women's experiences of sexual health education and service provision, based on survey responses.

Formby E (2009) Lesbian, bisexual women and women who have sex with women: An evaluation of sexual health needs and experiences in Sheffield, for Centre for HIV and Sexual Health
• Download executive summary (PDF 100KB) / full report (PDF 1.47MB)

Evaluation of sexual health services for gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with men (MSM), funded by Sheffield's Centre for HIV and Sexual Health (2009)

This research explored gay and bisexual men's experiences of sexual health education and service provision, based on survey responses.

Formby E, Hirst J, Wilis B (2009) Socialising and Sexual Health: An evaluation of the needs of gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with men in Sheffield, for Centre for HIV and Sexual Health
• Download executive summary (PDF 101KB) / full report (PDF 1.14MB)

Evaluation of Time 2 Test pilot final report for Centre for HIV and Sexual Health (2009)

The Time 2 Test pilot was a community HIV testing scheme based on the use of home sampling kits. The project ran mid-June to mid-September 2009 and involved a collaboration of three teams from the Centre for HIV and Sexual Health, the Department of Genito-Urinary Medicine at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, and the Department of Virology at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

Formby E, Hirst J, Cripps C (2010) Evaluation of Time 2 Test Pilot Final Report (PDF 2.03MB) for Centre for HIV and Sexual Health

Scoping the needs of 'hard to reach' groups in Sheffield in relation to HIV and social care (2009)

Funded by Sheffield City Council, the project involved a literature review and consultation with local stakeholders to inform future service developments for 'hard to reach' groups in relation to HIV in Sheffield.

Stockport Primary Care Trust (2008-09)

This project funded by Stockport PCT involved a series of interviews with first-time mothers and fathers (including teenage parents) about their experiences of services and support in relation to pregnancy, parenting and infant feeding, and observations in baby clinic settings. Along with a qualitative exploration of the role of baby clinics in supporting infant feeding.

UK mapping of school or college linked sexual health services for young people, funded by the Department of Health (in collaboration with the University of Sheffield) 2007-2009

This joint project was funded by the Department of Health. It combined a systematic literature review with a UK-wide mapping exercise, involving questionnaires and telephone interviews with a range of staff providing sexual health services in, or linked to, schools and further education settings. The aim was to identify current models and their effectiveness.

An evaluation of the Forge Centre and Shield - support services for people in South Yorkshire infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C (2007)

This evaluation, for Sheffield City Council, involved a survey of service users to inform Sheffield City Council's future service developments.

Formby, E and Hirst, J (2007) An evaluation of the Forge Centre and Shield: Support services for people in South Yorkshire infected and affected by HIV / AIDS and/or Hepatitis C (PDF 184KB)

Pathways into young parenthood and beyond - implications for policy and service provision (a cross-generation study), funded by Sheffield Health and Social Research Consortium (2006)

This research study explored the attitudes, experiences and aspirations of three generations of teenage mothers and fathers in South Yorkshire (including experiences of sex education and access to services). Research methods included biographic-narrative interviews, discussion groups, and photographic diaries.

Sexual health interventions and health promotion with men who have sex with men - a review of the literature (2006)

An international literature review funded by the Centre for HIV and Sexual Health.

Lesbian and bisexual women's sexual health - a review of the literature (2006)

This international literature review was commissioned by the Centre for HIV and Sexual Health.

Evaluation of the Father Figures project, funded by Nacro and Sheffield First for Safety (2004)

The evaluation of the Father Figures project, to support young fathers in Sheffield, involved in-depth interviewing and creative writing techniques to assess the impact of involvement in the project on the fathers, and their wider families.

Hirst, J (2004) The father figures project evaluation (PDF 393KB)

Impact

Pastoral Care in Education Journal

Eleanor Formby has joined the editorial board of Pastoral Care in Education, an International Journal of Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Throughout 2011 Eleanor has presented her research findings at the European Sociological Association, the World Congress of Sexual Health, to agencies across South Yorkshire as well as at the University of Greenwich, London. Eleanor has also had a number of papers published.

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education project for the Department for Education

The study generated a variety of positive media and practitioner group interest, including the Financial Times, Children and Young People Now, the PSHE Association and the Drug Education Forum. CEIR staff have been invited to speak at the PSHE Association annual conference and are also producing a series of articles for the Pastoral Care in Education journal focusing on different aspects of the study.

CEIR contribute to teenage parenthood book

CEIR's Eleanor Formby and Julia Hirst, together with Jenny Owen from the University of Sheffield, contributed to a chapter in a book titled 'Teenage Parenthood: What's the problem?' edited by Simon Duncan et al. Based on in-depth research in South Yorkshire the chapter explores the lives of three generations of current/former teenage mothers and fathers, and in doing so highlights the role of social context in shaping the experiences and outcomes of teenage pregnancy/parenthood. The book, which attempts to balance the usually very negative portrayal of teenage parents in the media, has been widely discussed in the national and international media and is published by Tufnell Press.

Rotherham's LGBT history month celebrations

Eleanor Formby gave a public lecture/workshop on 'Sexual health - views from lesbian, gay and bisexual people', based on her research, as part of Rotherham's LGBT history month celebrations in 2010.

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Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Howard Street, Sheffield S1 1WB, UK

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