Coastal Child and Adult Therapeutic Services


Our research arm, CCATS International, prides itself on empirically-informed practice. As such, we are invested in engaging in high quality research that has impact on the day-to-day lives of those we work with and the work that we do.

A number of our team are regularly engaged in impact-related research, holding or working towards research qualifications, such as PhDs. We also have a number of research interns on placement with us, such as from Maastricht University, and we work closely with the University of Central Lancashire Ashworth Research Centre (part of Mersey Care NHS Trust).

Our research interests are varied, and current areas include:

  • Sexual exploitation;
  • Trauma (including staff trauma);
  • Deliberate self-injury and suicidal behaviour;
  • Critical incidents;
  • Aggression.

In terms of Research Excellence, the research undertaken always aims to meet high standard impact research as noted by the Research Excellent Framework (REF). High-rated papers can include multi-study research that has clear real world impact. We are committing to collaborative working that enables such high-level research to take place.

For examples of research published by staff in the CCATS International Research Centre (and with other researchers), please click the staff members to the right of this page.