The Children's Research Network (CRN) is a members' organisation bringing together a broad range of professionals with an interest in research and evidence-based policy and practice for children and young people on the island of Ireland

The aim of the Network is to support the research community in Ireland and Northern Ireland and to better understand and improve the lives of children and young people, by creating and maintaining an inclusive, non-profit network.

Aims and Objectives

The Children's Research Network seeks to:

  • Facilitate links between researchers, practitioners and policy makers
  • Develop structures and mechanisms to promote the sharing of information
  • Connect more experienced and early career researchers
  • Develop a range of membership services to support research activities

The objectives of the Network are to:

  • Create opportunities for researchers at every level of experience to connect, build networks, and promote and develop their research profile
  • Raise awareness of research issues relevant to children and young people
  • Increase opportunity for research focused / interested practitioners and policy makers to be part of the wider research community
  • Support research skill development
  • Connect the Network with other relevant groupings and networks
  • Pursue activities and collaborations identified by members

Member Benefits

  • Further your knowledge and keep up to date with developments in research and practice with our workshops, seminars and conferences. Enjoy discounted rates for members.
  • Publish and disseminate your research through our communication platforms, including the Children’s Research Digest, our website, newsletters and social media.
  • Collaborate with fellow professionals in your area of interest through our Special Interest Groups.
  • Find or offer support through our structured Research Mentoring Programme.
  • Take advantage of CRN members’ access to events and networking opportunities available at CRN’s host organisation, Trinity Research in Childhood Centre. Receive our electronic newsletter, containing announcements of CRN news and events, as well as relevant external notices, such as key resources, events, calls for papers and job offers.

Download the CRN Information Leaflet


Trinity Research in Childhood Centre

In 2019, oversight for the Children’s Research Network moved to the Trinity Research in Childhood Centre (TRiCC), Trinity College Dublin

Established in 2017, TRiCC acts as a research hub for cutting-edge research collaborations on children’s health, wellbeing, development and learning across Trinity College Dublin.

“With similar aims to the Children’s Research Network, TRiCC brings together researchers working in different disciplines to promote a common endeavour: the production and dissemination of research designed to improve the lives of children on this island and internationally.” Professor Trevor Spratt, TRiCC co-Director

Go to the TRiCC website

Download the TRiCC Information leaflet