The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation is concerned with promoting and researching participation, inclusion and empowerment.
The Centre is a forum for shared thinking. We promote seminars, workshops, conferences and publications and implement a planned programme of research. We focus on building links between academics, policy makers and practitioners as well as developing international links.
Children and young people are involved in every part of the process – managing the Centre, planning the research programme, and carrying out research. We hold regular meetings where adults and young people work together to plan the work of The Centre and design research projects.
Our themes include: Children and young people’s participation in decision-making, children and young people’s inclusion (in relation to ethnicity, poverty, disability and ill-health, care, etc), migration and child refugees and children’s rights and citizenship.
We are working directly with Lancashire Youth Council, Preston Youth Council and Ribble Valley Youth Council. We also have links with Save the Children UK, EveryChild, UNICEF, The Children’s Society, Barnardos, Mencap, PWN-NW and CROA.
We have been commissioned to do research with children and young people for the Children’s Workforce Development Council, Lancashire Young People’s Service, and the Children’s Champion. We have three funded research students working on aspects of children and young people’s participation.
Research by the university’s Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation shows the value of independent advocacy for children and young people. The research, carried out for the Children’s Commissioner for England, found that outcomes including increased confidence among young people and positive changes in the way services were provided. The report suggests new ways in which outcomes can be understood and measured.
Seminar List 2016 (.doc 480kb)
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Youth Participation and Applied Theatre – A marriage made in heaven? - Jodie Barber and Craig Harris - 30 November 2016 (.doc 479kb)
The Interpretation and Exploitation of Children's Design ideas - Challenges in Participatory Research - 16th November 2016 (.doc 480kb)
Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Young People’s Advice - 9th November 2016 (.doc 33kb)
Leon Cruickshank - 26th October 2016 (.doc 474kb)
Fizz Shenton Poster - 9 March 2016 (.doc 479KB)
Suraya Skelland Poster - 13 April 2016 (.doc 479KB)
Save the Date - 22 April 2016 (.doc 67KB)Children as Agents of Social Change - Wednesday 9th December 2015 (.doc 474kb)
Seminar List 2015-2016 (.pdf 471KB)
Gerison Lansdown - 4 November 2015 (.doc 479KB)
Sally Robinson - 7 September 2015 (.doc 478KB)
Roger Smith Poster - 27 May 2015 (.doc 531KB)
Greg Mannion Poster - 6 May 2015 (.pdf 623KB)
Gavin Redhead Poster - 26 February 2015 (.doc 532KB)
Andy Bilson Poster - 2 December 2015 (.doc 532KB)
Simon Newitt Presentation - 5 March 2014 (.pdf 8.35MB)
Louca-Mai Brady Poster - 12 May 2014 (.pdf 426KB)
Patricia Loncle Poster - 8 May 2014 (.pdf 436KB)
Samia Michail Poster - 8 April 2014 (.pdf 451KB)
Karen Stuart Poster - 26 March 2014 (.doc 530KB)
Simon Newitt Poster - 5 March 2014 (.doc 534KB)
Nicola Ross and Anne Crowley Poster - 30 June 2014 (.doc 552KB)
Book Launch Poster - 30 June 2014 (.doc 586KB)
Eddie Halpin Poster- 12 November 2014 (.pdf 598kb) - Unfortunately, this event has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances and we hope to re-arrange it in the new year
Seminar List part 2 (pdf. 379KB)
Seminar List (.pdf 422KB)
12th October 2016 - Participation and social support in transition to adulthood from Child Welfare Servcies - A Norwegian Perspective - Veronika Paulsen PhD candidate in Social Work, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim / Researcher at NTNU Social Research
View video: https://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/13580
29th June 2016 - Children as Agents of Social Change - Closing seminar - Gerison Lansdown (Independent Children’s Rights Consultant and Advisor to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child) Nigel Thomas and Cath Larkins (Co-directors of The Centre) - The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation - Please note this seminar was not filmed, at the request of Co-Directors.
2nd June 2016 - Gulwali Passarlay talks about his journey from child refugee to young activist - Gulwali Passarlay, final year Politics student, University of Manchester - The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation
View video: https://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/12708
11th May 2016 - Children: Media Partners and Change Agents. An overview of a current initiative in Sierra Leone - Tricia Young, Director of Child to Child.
View video: https://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/12673
22nd April 2016 - Responding to Children's Views on Child Poverty - Various presenters - The Centre for Children and Young People's Participation - Please note this seminar was not filmed, at the request of Co-Directors
13th April 2016 - The Children’s Commission on Poverty (CCP) – through young eyes - Suraya Skelland, Corporate Participation Manager, The Children’s Society - The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation - View video - https://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/12654
10th February 2016 - Being heard and influencing decisions in Lancashire: the long and windy road presented by Kate Baggaley from Barnardo’s Participation Service, Hannah Peake from Lancashire County Council and young people from Lancashire's participation groups including LINX, POWAR and CSI. Download the Powerpoint Presentation (.ppt 4.2mb). Please note this seminar was not filmed, at the request of the presenters.20 January 2016 - The stories, ethics and politics of research with marginalised girls living and working on the streets of Nairobi The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation
9th December 2015 - Reaching Safe Places: exploring the journeys of young people who run away from home or care - Jane Thompson, Research and Policy Manager, Railway Children. Please note this seminar was not filmed
4 November 2015 - Children’s participation since the UNCRC: What progress have we made? Gerison Lansdown, Independent Children’s Rights Consultant and Advisor to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation
View Video: https://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/11998
View presentation (.ppt 8.0mb)
‘I’ve got people here’: Place, space and relationships in the lives of young disabled people in regional Australia, presented by Dr Sally Robinson, Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University, Australia. View video https://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/11665
4 March 2015 - Children’s Rights and Children’s Wellbeing: Equivalent Policy Concepts? Kay Tisdall Professor of Childhood Policy and Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) (www.crfr.ac.uk) University of Edinburgh - The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation26th February 2015 - Participation in the Corporate Parenting agenda – Can a shift in the power relationship really happen? - The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation - Please note this seminar was not filmed, at the request of the presenter.
Researching ‘Rights-in-Relation’: how participation in school supports achievement and attainment, presented by Gregory Mannion, Matthew Sowerby of School of Education, University of Stirling 2nd December 2014 - Why we need to think again about how to protect children: lessons from monitoring 20 years of practice, presented by Andy Bilson, Emeritus Professor, School of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire View Video: https://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/10994
30 June 2014 - Different Views? Children’s Lawyers and Children’s Participation in Protective Proceeding, by Dr Nicola Ross, Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle, New South Wales.
View video: https://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/9807
30 June 2014 - Keeping children in care safe: the importance of participation by Dr Anne Crowley, Honorary Fellow, Childhood Research Group, Cardiff University.
View video: https://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/9814
I’ve got people here’: Place, space and relationships in the lives of young disabled people in regional Australia by Dr Sally Robinson, Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University, Australia.
View video: https://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/11665
Why we need to think again about how to protect children: lessons from monitoring 20 years of practice’ presented by Andy Bilson, Emeritus Professor, School of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire.
View Video: https://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/10994
20th November 2013 - Black Star: Britain’s Asian Youth Movements Lecture and book launch - Anandi Ramamurthy, Senior Lecturer, School of Journalism and Digital Communication, University of Central Lancashire - Please note this seminar was not filmed, at the request of the presenter.
16th October 2013 - Moral Panics and Young White Working-Class Identities: The Moralising Discourse on ‘Chavs’ presented by Dr Elias Le Grand of Stockholm University.
View video : http://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/8660
26th September 2013 - Reconceptualising participation as strong, consistent and valued relationships: Lessons from research with children and young people in out of home care in Australia presented by Dr Sharon Bessell of Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University.
View video : http://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/8512
View presentation (.ppt 451kb)
23 September 2013 - Children’s perspectives on strong, supportive communities presented by Dr Sharon Bessell of Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University.
View video : http://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/8515
View presentation (.ppt 9mb)
18th September 2013 - Advancing the Human Rights of Children: The Australian Experience by Sharon Bessell, Senior Lecturer, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University and Distinguished Visitor of the School of Social Work, UCLan.
View video: http://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/8368
View presentation (.ppt 5mb)
23rd May - Plan B for Youth - Lisa Nandy MP Shadow Children’s Minister - The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation. View video: http://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play.aspx?VideoId=7940
1st May 2013 - Dream-crushing, prejudices and revolving doors: challenging myths about young people who are NEET - Barry Percy-Smith, Reader in Childhood and Participatory Practice, University of the West of England - View video: http://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play.aspx?VideoId=7938
24th April 2013 - Where is the justice in criminal ‘responsibilisation’ and ‘adultification’? Making a case for raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility - Professor Barry Goldson, University of Liverpool - Please note this seminar was not filmed, at the request of the presenter
20th March 2013 - Muslim Children’s rights in a cold climate? Problematising UK government counter-radicalisation strategies in the ‘War on Terror’ - Vicki Coppock
https://www.dropbox.com/s/vy904e7rrfm4640/Claire%20OKane.zip (non-English version)6th February 2013 - Youth participation and the state: reshaping the machinery of governance with and for young people’s voices - Dan Moxon, Regional Participation Officer, North West Regional Youth Work Unit.
The Centre - Associates Information (.pdf 112KB)
‘The Centre is a member of Eurochild and of the International Childhood and Youth Research Network’
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School of Social Work
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE, UK
Children and young people’s participation in staff appraisal and student assessment
Funded by Children’s Workforce Development Council
Engagement of Children’s Trusts with children and young people
Funded by Lancashire Children’s Trust