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The Childhood, Law & Policy Network (CLPN)

Professor Sarah Crafter


Professor of Cultural-Developmental Psychology, The Open University, United Kingdom



My work is broadly interested in young people’s migration experiences and how they impact on their everyday lives, particularly transitions to adulthood. My work mostly falls along two strands: i) a focus a child language brokers, who are children and young people who translate and interpret for family members following migration and ii) a focus on the care of separated child migrants as the navigate the asylum-welfare nexus.



Rosen, R., Chase, E., Crafter, S., Glockner, V., & Mitra, S. (2022). Crisis for whom? Critical global perspectives on childhood, care, and migration. UCL Press.

Crafter, S., & Iqbal, H. (2022). Child language brokering as a family care practice: Reframing the ‘parentified child’ debate. Children & Society, 36, 400-414.

Crafter, S., Rosen, R & Meetoo, V. (2021) Precarious care and (dis)connections: Adults working with separated child migrants in England and their understandings of care. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation, 10(2), 92-103.

Crafter, S. & Iqbal, H. (2020). Drawing on the notion of the contact zone to explore the dialogical positionalities in ‘non-normative’ childhoods: How children who language broker manage conflict. Review of General Psychology, 24(1), 31-42.


Critical approaches to childhood, migration, transitions to adulthood, language brokering, unaccompanied minors
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