School of Health in Social Science

Children, adolescents & animals research

Children, adolescents and animals research (caar), is a group of researchers, graduates and doctoral students led by Professor Jo Williams and supported by Dr Janine Muldoon. We explore all aspects of relationships between children, adolescents and animals, and work closely with animal welfare organisations.



Our mission & newsletters

Here we outline the purpose of our research group & provide our newsletters

Research & knowledge exchange projects

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Information on our five inter-related research areas & knowledge exchange activities


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Book a place at a forthcoming event & view materials from past conferences, workshops & seminars

Practitioners & collaborators

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Useful information & resources specifically for professionals working with children &/or animals

Publications within our five core research areas

Our peer-reviewed publications, official reports & policy briefings within our five core research areas

The Animal Welfare Education for Children Toolkit

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A framework & guide to planning, evaluating & adapting interventions


Meet the caar team & find out about the Child-Animal Interaction Research Network

Connect with us

If you are interested in our work, or have any questions, please get in touch via the routes outlined on this page