The project design is underpinned by a participatory research philosophy in which research is carried out with, rather than on, the children taking part. The style of research will generate knowledge of the educational and social impacts upon children as well as inform policies to help alleviate some of the potential consequences of these.

We will work with children in one primary school, one secondary school and a youth group in Hull. The methodology includes story boards (where participants draw, paste pictures or use creative writing to tell their stories), short interviews and focus groups with the participants and follow-up interviews with key service providers. The project is further strengthened by working alongside an ongoing project in Hull: 'Flood, Vulnerability and Urban Resilience: A real-time study of local recovery following the floods of June 2007 in Hull'.