Upcoming Events

Seminar: Seeking the Child’s Voice in Healthcare Research

Speakers: Sonya Clark and Matt Birch
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Date: Monday 23 October, 12.30pm-1.30pm
Venue:  20 College Green/0G/005


This seminar will highlight the development of a cartoon based iPad app data collection tool using Sprinkles Cupcake and Ronaldo Football. It will provide a brief synopsis of the study and highlight the contribution made by the Child Research Advisory Group (CRAG) to co-develop a child centred data collection tool for children in hospital.  We will then provide a creator perspective, which details the pragmatic process of developing the cartoon tool via an iPad as well as the researcher perspective on the realities of using the tool in clinical practice. We will conclude with the positives and negatives of developing an innovative and original data collection tool with a CRAG.

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Seminar: Children and Digital Rights: Northern Ireland Case Study

Speaker: Dr Faith Gordon, University of Westminster 

Date: Friday 3 November 2017, 1.00-2.00pm
Venue:  69 University St, Room G.007


The digital world offers many positive opportunities for the current generation of children and young people but there are also significant risks.  Children and young people have identified issues they experience.  Two significant issues are the content they are exposed to online and the continued use of their social media content, without permission.  This paper draws on focus groups with over 170 children and young people, as well as interviews with media journalists, editors, broadcasters, children’s advocates, politicians and police officers.  It employs socio-legal analysis to assess the court’s judgment in a recent case in Northern Ireland relating to pre-charge identification of a minor who had been accused of involvement in a high profile national ‘hacking’ case.  This demonstrates the negative impact of the lacuna in the current legislation in relation to pre-charge identification of minors and is an area in which urgent reform is required, as further delay is resulting in breaches of children’s rights.  A further case study relating to journalists’ use of imagery and comments taken from children’s and young people’s social media accounts, raises questions about who should have access to these images and what are these children’s rights to them?  The paper recognises that one significant task for researchers, advocates and policymakers is the complexity of balancing children’s digital participation with their right to protection in the digital age.  The paper concludes by presenting several recommendations for policy, regulatory and legislative change in order to ensure that children’s 

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Seminar: The 'collaborative advantage'? A rights perspective on children's research into their experiences and views on disadvantage

Speaker: Professor Phil Jones, Institute of Education, UCL

6 December 2017, 4.00-6.00pm 

Recent years have revealed new perspectives on the complexity of children and adults trying to work together in research. On the one hand, good intentions about children's participation rights, or user involvement can dissolve or become distorted. On the other, we are increasing our insight into positive ways in which children and adults engage in the process. This presentation is offered in the spirit of adding to such insight.   The paper will report on a pilot, funded by LankellyChase, which offered the opportunity for children and young people experiencing disadvantage to train as researchers and to develop projects to explore their own, and other children’s, experiences and views. It involved the formation of a group of children as a reference group for the pilot and collaboration between University College London and four different partner organisations working with children experiencing disadvantage.  The young researchers received training, devised research to explore the theme of disadvantage based on their own responses to the term, were supported in implementing the research and made decisions about how they wanted their findings to be disseminated. The presentation will include material from the four projects and review the work of the pilot. The analysis will combine concerns drawn from the new sociology of childhood’s response to participation and participation rights with theoretical perspectives on collaboration, particularly Huxham’s (2003) theory of ‘collaborative advantage’.

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