Events Archive

Children's Rights and Wellbeing - a joint event hosted by the Improving Children's Lives Wellbeing Special Interest Group and the Centre for Children's Rights

DATE: Tuesday 24th June
TIME: All day event, exact times TBA
VENUE: Great Hall, QUB
SPEAKERS: Professor Ferran Cassas, University Of Girona  and Professor Helen Stalford, European Children's Rights Unit, University of Liverpool
REGISTRATION: This is an open and free event, to register place contact jan.speer@qub.ac.uk


For the flyer please click here

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Building student capacity to co-govern in the classroom: vested interests, vantage points, and competing values

DATE: Friday 20th June
TIME: 1230-2pm
VENUE: Senate Room QUB
REGISTRATION: This is an open and free event, but for numbers please RSVP to jan.speer@qub.ac.uk; sandwich lunch at 12.30pm.
SPEAKER: Emily Nelson, Eastern Institute of Technology, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

This seminar presents findings from Emily’s research ‘Is this student voice?’ Teachers and students re-negotiate power through governance partnerships in the classroom.  The presentation highlights the slippery nature of enacting student/teacher classroom governance partnerships against a backdrop of elusive power dynamics and competing co-construction and accountability agendas.  It promotes a power analytic frame developed for the research to examine the nuanced workings of power on possibilities for teacher and student pedagogical decision-making.  It also explores implications from this examination for scaffolding student influence in decision-making within classrooms as a matter of social justice.

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The right of a child to cultural identity

DATE: Thursday 3rd April 2014
TIME:3pm - 4.30pm (Start time changed from 11am)
VENUE: 69-71 University Street/Room 0G/007A
REGISTRATION: This will be an open and a free event but for numbers please register with jan.speer@qub.ac.uk; Tea & Coffee at 3pm
SPEAKER: Alexandros Stylianidis, University of Vienna

This seminar aims at answering a principal question: Is there in international law a right of a child to cultural identity? According to Article 8 of the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child "States Parties undertake to respect the right of the child to preserve his or her identity, including nationality, name and family relations as recognized by law without unlawful interference". Could this provision be considered to include cultural aspects, alongside nationality, name, and family relations, and/or could such a right of a child to preserve his or her cultural identity  be discerned by interpretation from the international instruments?

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Workshop for Researchers: Children researching children using action research.

TIME: 10am – 4pm
DATE: 29th January 2014
VENUE: Old Staff Common Room (Lanyon/0G/36)

This full-day workshop will explore the practicalities, ethics, benefits and challenges of implementing research studies with children and young people as co-researchers, with a focus on action research methods.

For more information see attached flyer

To attend please RSVP to  Harry Shier

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'It's about relationships': valuing children and young people's perspectives on 'emotional wellbeing'

TIME: 12.30 -14.00
DATE: Thursday 12th December 2013
VENUE: 69-71 University Street/Room 0G/007

Speaker: Vicki Coppock is Reader in Social Sciences: Childhood Studies & Mental Health at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire, UK. 

She is also a qualified and experienced psychiatric social worker.  She teaches in the areas of social work studies, mental health, childhood studies and gender and sexuality.  She has a research and publications record in the critical analysis of theory, policy, legislation and professional practice in the field of mental health, with a particular emphasis on asserting a positive rights agenda for children and young people in mental distress. 

Her presentation at this seminar draws together evidence from qualitative research studies in the United Kingdom, Sweden and Australia to disrupt prevailing adult-centred, professional discourses of childhood and mental health, revealing the central importance of agency, community, togetherness and the relational in children and young people’s narratives of their subjective ‘wellbeing’.

This is a free and open event but for numbers please RSVP: Jan Speer
Sandwich lunch will be provided

 

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Applying a children’s rights-based approach to research projects: from grant proposal to dissemination and impact

Invitation to One Day Workshop

Facilitator: Lesley Emerson, Deputy Director, Centre for Children’s Rights, QUB
DATE: Tuesday 10th December 2013, 9.30 – 4.30 pm, Senate Room, Q.U.B

For further details please see flyer here.

Please RSVP to Elizabeth at e.welty@qub.ac.uk

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Why Children’s Rights Matter

TIME: 9am – 4pm
DATE: 26th November 2013
VENUE: The Great Hall, Queen's University Belfast
SPEAKER: Prof John Tobin University of Melbourne (Further speakers to be announced)

The purpose of this event is to further develop understanding and awareness of children’s rights in Northern Ireland. It should be of interest to anybody working with Children and Young People in voluntary, community, statutory and academic organisations.

The speakers will be experts in children’s rights issues and UNCRC reporting mechanisms.  This event is co-hosted by ICL, CCR, Save the Children, Children’s Law Centre, CiNI and others.

 It is a free and open event but availability is limited.  Please register for this event, by contacting David Piekaar 

 

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Janusz Korczak - The Father of Children's Rights

TIME: 12.30 - 14.00
DATE: Thursday 21st November 2013
VENUE: Cathcart Room 69/71 University Street, 0G/007

Speaker: Prof. Michael Freeman, renowned Children’s Rights Scholar will be visiting the Centre for Children’s Rights in November.

Please RSVP to Jan



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Children’s Rights in Schools: What not to do

TIME: 17.00
DATE: Wednesday 20th November 2013
VENUE: Great Hall, Queen's Univeristy Belfast

Speaker:  Prof. Laura Lundy will give her Inaugural Lecture on Universal Children’s Day. 

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Big Breakfast Launch

TIME: 09.15 -10.30
DATE: Wednesday 6th November
VENUE: St. Ita's School, Belfast

The ‘Big Breakfast’ event will be held to disseminate the findings from Kids Life and Times Survey. The 2013 survey included two modules of questions – Children’s Rights and Nutrition – that were developed by a Children’s Research Advisory Group (CRAG) of Primary 6 children in conjunction with staff from the Centre for Children’s Rights (CCR) in the School of Education at Queen’s University Belfast.

Findings from these two modules will be presented by the CRAG at St. Ita’s School in Belfast, and will incorporate a ‘Big Breakfast’ featuring some of the healthy breakfast options suggested by respondents to KLT in the Nutrition module.

To RSVP please contact Elizabeth Welty

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Participation and the Construction of Inequality in Finnish Preschool: Bourdieusian Approach

TIME: 12.30 - 14.00
DATE: Thursday 24th October 2013
VENUE: Canada Room & Council Chamber, Lanyon Building

Speaker: Mari Vuorisalo, a Post-Doctoral Researcher in Early childhood education at the Department of Education in the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, will be joining the Centre for Children’s Rights at Queen’s University Belfast in October. Her research concerns children’s everyday-life and participation in a preschool setting. In her PhD study (2013) she has utilised Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of practice, especially concepts of field and capital.

Please RSVP to Jan

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Child Safety and Community Partnership Models and Challenges

TIME: 13.30 - 15.00
DATE: Thursday 17th October 2013
VENUE: Old Staff Common Room, Lanyon Building

Speaker: Yvonne M. Vissing Director, Center for Childhood and Youth Studies
Professor, in the Department of Sociology, at Salem State MA will be visiting the Centre for Children’s Rights in October.

Please RSVP to Jan

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Economic and Social Rights: Budgets and the UNCRC

DATE: 20th June
TIME: 2.30 – 3.30pm
VENUE: 20 College Green Room 0G/005


SPEAKER: Aoife Nolan, Professor of Law at the University of Nottingham has been appointed as a visiting professor in the Centre for Children’s Rights.


Recent years have seen an explosion in methodologies for monitoring children’s economic and social rights (ESR). Key examples include the development of indicators, benchmarks, child rights-based budget analysis and child rights impact assessments. The Committee on the Right of the Child has praised such tools in its work and has actively promoted their usage. Troublingly, however, there are serious shortcomings in the Committee’s approach to the ESR standards enshrined in the CRC, which threaten to impact upon the efficacy of such methodologies. This article argues that the Committee has failed to engage with the substantive obligations imposed by Article 4 and many of the specific ESR guaranteed in the CRC in sufficient depth. As a result, that body has not succeeded in outlining a coherent, comprehensive child rights-specific ESR framework. Using the example of child rights-based budget analysis, the author claims that this omission constitutes a significant obstacle to those seeking to evaluate the extent to which states have met their ESR-related obligations under the CRC. The article thus brings together and addresses key issues that have so far received only very limited critical academic attention, namely, children’s ESR under the CRC, the relationship between budgetary decision-making and the CRC, and child rights-based budget analysis. 

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Advancing the education rights of socially disadvantaged children

Date: 8th May 2013
Time: 4pm
Venue: Cathcart Room (0G/007), School of Education 69/71 University Street.

PRESENTERS:

Dr Katherine Covell is a professor of psychology and executive director of the Children’s Rights Centre at Cape Breton University. She also represents North America on the International NGO Council on Violence Against Children. She is the author of numerous articles, reports, and book chapters, and 6 books on children’s rights and child development.

Dr Brian Howe is professor of political science and director of the Children’s Rights Centre at Cape Breton University. He is published widely on human rights, children rights, and education on children's rights. Among his many publications are 6 co-authored books. His most recent book (co-authored with Dr Katherine Covell) is Education in the best Interests of the Child (2013, University of Toronto Press). To RSVP for this free event please e-mail Jan

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Student Rights in the United States: Religion, Discipline and Free Speech

DATE: Friday 12th of April
TIME: 4 - 5 pm
VENUE
: Cathcart Room, School of Education, 69 - 71 University Street.
SPEAKER:Professor Charles Russo from the University of Dayton, Ohio

Brought to you by the Centre for Children's Rights.  Refreshments to follow!

Professor Charles Russo will explore the relationship and tensions between religion, discipline and free speech in the context of schools within the United States.  Offering a foundation on the legal and educational systems within the United Sates, various cases will be used to illustrate this interesting relationship and the impact they have on student’s rights.

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Launch of Education Reform in Northern Ireland – A Human Rights Review

DATE: Monday 8 April 2013 at
TIME:  10.00am – 12.30pm (light lunch provided)
VENUE: Canada Room, Queens University Belfast

SPEAKER: Minister John O'Dowd

The report, authored by researchers from the Centre for Children’s Rights at Queen’s University Belfast, provides a comprehensive review of the human rights considerations relevant to all areas of policy and practice in the formal education sector.

Please contact bernadette.rooney@nihrc.org to register for this event.   For more information on speakers please see Flyer.

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Educational Research at Queen's: How we're making an impact

Date: 15 March 2013
Time: 10am - 1pm
Venue: Riddel Hall, Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5EE

This show case event by four leading researchers will allow you to hear first hand about the School of Education's ground breaking work. The event will give you the opportunity to learn more about some of our key programmes of research within the School and the impact we are having not just in Northern Ireland but nationally and internationally. We will be showcasing the work of our four research centres. Each centre is led by an eminent international authority in their area. Under their directorship, the four centres are taking forward impressive and highly innovative programmes of research.

What unites the four centres is a commitment to impact and to ensuring that our research leads to real change in transforming the lives of learners and educators.  This event will give you the chance to hear specific examples of how this is being done in practice and also to learn about our ambitious plans for the future.

Everyone welcome.

Download the event programme here.

RSVP to Jan Speer (TEl: 028 9097 3041, jan.speer@qub.ac.uk)

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“Imagining the Future”: Seamus Heaney Lecture on children, youth and participation on 8th April

Seamus Heaney, Ireland’s only living Nobel literature laureate was educated at Queen’s and lectured here in the 1960s. An annual public lecture series that bears his name, is held at St Patrick’s College at Dublin City University. The theme for the 2013 Seamus Heaney lectures is “Imagining the Future”, and on 8th April in Dublin, two members of the Queen’s University Centre for Children’s Rights will be on a panel of speakers imagining a future for children and young people’s participation in Ireland, and sharing some insights on how to make their imagined future a possible reality.

Professor Laura Lundy will discuss how her model of child participation based on Article 12 of the UNCRC has been and can be used by educators for the advancement of children’s rights. Applying lessons learnt from his work with child coffee-plantation workers in Nicaragua, Harry Shier will look at what adults need to do in order to ensure that children and young people’s participation both empowers them and influences others. The panel will also include Dr Dympna Devine of University College Dublin School of Education and Dr Barry Percy-Smith of the Centre for Action Research & Participatory Development at the University of the West of England, and be chaired by Dr Susan Pike of St Patrick’s College.

More information: click here
or contact: hshier01@qub.ac.uk

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Seminar 2: Children’s Rights-Based Research Methods (Lesley Emerson)

Date: Tuesday 19th March
Time: 10am - 12:30pm
Venue: Room 0G/007  (Cathcart Room), School of Education, 69/71 University Street

Ms Lesley Emerson, School of Education

This seminar will introduce participants to the key principles of a ‘rights-based approach’ and explore the implications of this for working with children as both co-researchers and participants in research. Practical examples of how this approach has been applied in a wide range of research projects will be used to illustrate these principles. Participants will also be given the opportunity to consider how this approach might be applied in their own research.

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Seminar 1: An Overview of Children's Rights with Prof Laura Lundy

Date: Monday 4th March
Time: 10am - 12pm
Venue:Room G6 (now 007A) , School of Education, Queen's University Belfast

This short seminar will introduce key terminology in relation to human rights/ children's rights, outline core aspects and principles of the UNCRC and describe how it is implemented in practice. Participants will also be shown how to research UN human rights treaty databases.

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Assessment for Learning – where are we now? 
Professor John Gardner  (University of Stirling)

Date:  Friday 1st February 2013
Time: 4pm – 6.15pm
Venue: Riddell Hall, Stranmillis Road

Introducing discussion on the outcomes of the Consulting Pupils on the Assessment of their Learning 2 (CPAL2)

RSVP: Jan Speer

Click here for the CPAL2 event flyer .


Research Seminar on the key issues arising in the NIHRC :'Education Reform in Northern Ireland: a Human Rights Review'

Date: 10th December 2012
Time: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Place: Cathcart Room, School of Education, Queen's University Belfast

A presentation of key issues arising from a recent review for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: ‘Education Reform in Northern Ireland: a Human Rights Review’ (by Lundy, L., Emerson, L., Byrne, B., Lloyd, K. and Yohanis, J.)

The seminar flyer is available here.

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20 & 21 November 2012 - Launch of report for UNICEF UK: ‘Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child’

November 20th Launch of report for UNICEF UK: ‘Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child’ (Lundy, L., Kilkelly, U., Byrne, B and Kang, J.) at House of Lords, London

November 21st Launch of report for UNICEF UK: ‘Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child’ (Lundy, L., Kilkelly, U., Byrne, B and Kang, J.) at Welsh Assembly, Cardiff

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Alison Cook-Sather - Student Consultation as a Right in Secondary Teacher Preparation

Date: Monday 11 June 2012
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Place: School of Education, 20 College Green (Room G005), Belfast

Taking as a premise students’ right to have their experiences and perspectives inform the preparation of future teachers, this Master class has two parts: a lecture that outlines one programmatic approach to honoring that right, and a workshop that affords participants an opportunity to think through developing such practice in their own contexts. The lecture, “Student Consultation as a Right in Secondary Teacher Preparation,” presents an overview of the theoretical underpinnings for student voice work, the programmatic structures that support the positioning of secondary students as teacher educators to undergraduate students seeking secondary certification, and outcomes for prospective teachers and students who participate in the program. The workshop draws on Learning from the Student’s Perspective: A Sourcebook for Effective Teaching (Cook-Sather, 2009) and invites participants to explore some guiding principles for undertaking student voice work, steps in partnering with students and teachers in secondary schools, and approaches to researching such partnerships.

To view Alison's master class please click here

For more information about Alison Cook-Sather please click here.

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UNCRC - A Tool for Change

DATE: 13th November 2014
TIME: Registration 9am
VENUE: The Great Hall, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast
REGISTRATION: By invitation only
SPEAKERS: For further event details please see programme here
Sandwich lunch will be provided at 1.30pm

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Too Gay to Foster

DATE: Thursday 18th September  2014
TIME: 12 30pm - 2pm
VENUE: 18 College Green/0G/008
REGISTRATION: This is a free and open event but for numbers please register with h.bryson@qub.ac.uk
SPEAKER: Daniel Monk, Birkbeck University
Sandwich lunch will be at 12.30pm

Daniel Monk will present a paper on the experiences of a gay couple who were rejected as foster parents because they were in an open relationship.  He will examine different understandings of child welfare and the limits to equality.

A gay couple is welcomed by a progressive local authority as potential foster parents.  But then the authority discovers that the couple are in an open relationship. What happened? What should happen?. This paper takes this real life story as a starting point for exploring a number of contemporary concerns: the limits to formal legal equality for gays and lesbians; shifting understandings of ‘the best interests of the child’ and adult sexuality; and the uses of ‘childhood’ in social policy.

Daniel Monk is a Reader in Law at Birkbeck, University of London and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Gender and Sexuality. His research has explored children’s rights, home education, school exclusions, homophobic bullying and, most recently, inheritance.

For the flyer please click here

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