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The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation

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.

Expertise and Subject Areas

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.

Impact

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.

Events and News

Research News

Impact and Outcomes of Independent Advocacy for Children and Young People

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.

Read more and access the report

Gerison Lansdown - 29th June 2016 (.doc 479kb)

Gulwali Passarlay Poster - 2nd June 2016 (.doc 479KB)

Tricia Young Poster - 11th May 2016 (.doc 480KB)

Hannah Peake Poster - 10th February 2016 (.doc 475KB)

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)

Video Links

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

9th March 2016 - Even if it is legally defensible, does that make it morally right? Children explore the use of physical restraint in custody-  The Centre for Children and Young People's Participation - Felicity Shenton - View video - https://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/12574 View presentation (.ppt 1.8mb)

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
View videohttps://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/12526
View PDF

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
View presentation

27th May 2015 -  Use your situation to change your destinations: UR Boss, a journey towards participationRoger Smith Professor of Social Work, Durham University -  The Centre for Children and Young People's Participation - View video: https://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/11433
View presentation (.ppt 223kb)

6 May 2015: Researching ‘Rights-in-Relation’: how participation in school supports achievement and attainment
 which was presented by Greg Mannion, Matthew Sowerby, John I’Anson of School of Education, University of Stirling
View Video: https://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/11415

View video: https://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/9724

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 Participation

26th 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

12 May 2014 - Embedding children and young people’s participation in health and social care by Louca-Mai Brady, University of the West of England / Using youth led research to create change in the NHS by Dan Moxon, People Dialogue and Change. 

View presentation (.ppt 254kb)
View presentation (.ppt 12mb)
View video: https://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/9724

8th May 2014 - Youth participation in France: current initiatives and challengesPatricia Loncle, French School of Public HealthThe Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation - View video: http://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/9674
View presentation (.ppt 2mb)

8th April 2014 - Finding Our Way: What one Child-Led Research program is doing for children, citizenship and service provision
 by Samia Michail, Principal Researcher, UnitingCare Children, Young People and Families, Australia.
View video: https://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/9564

26th March 2014 - ‘We’re tired of talking to you, when will you do something?’ by Kaz Stuart, Head of Research, Brathay Trust, The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation
View Video: https://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/9515

5th March 2014 - A Story of Failure: the mirroring of social and psychic exclusion among young men in a provincial English inner city,  presented by Simon Newitt, Chief Executive, Off the Record.
View PDF (.pdf 8mb)
View video: https://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/9460

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 LiverpoolPlease 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

View videos

http://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play.aspx?VideoId=7615 (English)
http://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play.aspx?VideoId=7745 (Arabic)
http://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play.aspx?VideoId=7746 (Chinese)
http://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play.aspx?VideoId=7747 (German)
http://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play.aspx?VideoId=7748 (Polish)


19th February 2013 - Children and young people as active citizens promoting social justice - Claire O’Kane, freelance researcher and advocate

View videos

http://breeze01.uclan.ac.uk/p806n7ql5sk/ (English)

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.

View videos -

http://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/7187 (English)
http://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play.aspx?VideoId=7374 (Arabic)
http://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play.aspx?VideoId=7375 (Chinese)
http://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play.aspx?VideoId=7376 (German)

Members

 

  • Nigel Thomas, School of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire
  • Cath Larkins, School of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire
  • Bernie Carter, School of Health, University of Central Lancashire
  • Yasmin Perry, School of Health, University of Central Lancashire
  • Dianne Scullion, Lancashire Law School, University of Central Lancashire
  • Kate Bacon, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Central Lancashire
  • Lowis Charfe, School of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire
  • Jane Lloyd, School of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire
  • Clare Stone, School of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire
  • Craig Diver, School of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire
  • John Wainwright, School of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire
  • Pat Cox, School of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire
  • Zachari Duncalf, School of Education and Social Sciences, University of Central Lancashire
  • Lindy Simpson, School of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire

Associates

  • Dan Moxon - People, Dialogue and Change (Associate Director) Harry Shier – CESESMA, Nicaragua and Queens’ University Belfast
  • Dr Tom Cockburn – Department of Social Sciences, Edge Hill University
  • Professor Barry Percy-Smith – Centre for Applied Childhood Studies, University of Huddersfield
  • Professor Mary Kellett – Children’s Research Centre, Open University
  • Dr Darren Sharpe – Childhood and Youth Research Institute, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Claire O'Kane – International Child Rights Consultant
  • Bill Badham – Practical Participation
  • Dr Vicky Johnson – School of Education, University of Brighton
  • Pauline Geraghty MBE
  • Dr Helen Stalford – Liverpool Law School and European Children's Rights Unit
  • Professor Anne Graham – Centre for Children & Young People, Southern Cross University, NSW Australia
  • Kavita Ratna, Director (Advocacy) at The Concerned for Working Children, Bangalore, India
  • Karen Stuart – Brathay Trust
  • Samia Michail, Burnside Uniting Care
  • Dr Sharon Bessell, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
  • Johanna Kiili Postdoctoral researcher,Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä
  • Dr Andy Bilson (Associate Director), Emeritus Professor of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire / Adjunct Professor, School of Population and Health, University of Western Australia
  • Hannah Peake (Associate Director) Lancashire County Council
  • Dr Melanie McCarry – University of Strathclyde
  • Gavin Redhead (Associate Director), Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
  • Joanne Westwood

The Centre - Associates Information (.pdf 112KB)

Contact Us

If you want to get involved, join the mailing list, or find out more about our work, please contact our Co-directors:

Nigel Thomas NPThomas@uclan.ac.uk +44(0)1772 894514
Cath Larkins CLarkins@uclan.ac.uk +44(0)1772 893407
Dan Moxon dan.moxon@peopledialoguechange.org +44 (0) 161 2981118

The Centre
School of Social Work
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE, UK
Email: thecentre@uclan.ac.uk

Related Projects

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