Phil was seconded from the Social Work Research and Development Unit at the University of York in 1999 to work on the landmark study of young runaways, ‘Still Running’.

He subsequently transferred to us at The Children's Society and has worked on projects related to disadvantaged teenagers, including research around children in trouble with the law, children in care, and adolescent neglect. 

His research interests include exploring the effectiveness of interventions with young people. He led the early development of the charity’s evaluation programme of direct practice between 2009 and 2012, and piloted the use of self-reported changes in young people’s well-being as a measure of outcomes.

Phil has been involved in both internally and externally-commissioned research and evaluation studies, including for the Department for Children, Schools and Families (now the Department for Education), the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation, Comic Relief and The Big Lottery.

Before joining us, Phil worked as a researcher for the universities of Bradford, Leeds and York, and contributed to studies of men’s accounts of perpetrating domestic abuse, the quality of residential child care and young people’s experiences of leaving care.  He also had a spell as a researcher for a local authority’s social services department.

Phil has been a staff member in local authority children’s homes and social work teams, and is a qualified journalist who spent a brief period working on the news desk of an evening paper in a northern city, before realising that his hard-won achievement of 100-words-per-minute for Pitman 2000 shorthand had been in vain as he soon wanted to return to a career in academic research.

List of current projects

  • Understanding Adolescent Neglect: Validating new measures of young people’s experiences of parental care and support
  • Unprotected, Overprotected: Meeting the needs of young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, sexual exploitation
  • Young Carers: “I thought I was the only one and the odd one out.” The challenges of estimating the number of young carers and knowing how to meet their needs.
  • Sexual exploitation of trafficked boys and young men: Research on professional stakeholder experiences and views

Selected Publications at The Children’s Society

Wayman, S. & Raws, P. (Forthcoming) “I thought I was the only one and the odd one out”: The challenges of estimating the number of young carers and knowing how to meet their needs. London: The Children’s Society

Franklin, A., Raws, P., & Smeaton, E. (2015) Unprotected, Overprotected:  meeting the needs of young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, sexual exploitation. Partnership with Coventry University, The Children’s Society and Paradigm Research

Raws, P. (July, 2015) Neglect of adolescents at home: some new research. in Too old, too young? Theology on the ambiguity of adolescence and the impact of neglect  London: The Children’s Society

Raws, P. (2014) Factors associated with children’s subjective well-being: Parents in The Good Childhood Report 2014 London: The Children’s Society

For more publications by Phil and the research team at The Children’s Society, see our publications library.

Contact Details

The Children's Society
Edward Rudolf House
Margery Street
London WC1X 0JL

Email: phil.raws@childrenssociety.org.uk 

Tel: 020 7841 4506 

M: 07810 865932

Fax: 020 7841 4500