Workshop: Digital Storytelling and its use in research and teaching

Linda O'Sullivan from the Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT) in Dublin delivered a really engaging and practical workshop to staff and students on the use of digital story-telling and its  use in research and teaching.   Linda has worked as a development executive, writer and script editor in children's broadcast media for over ten years with broadcasters including RTE, BBC and Disney Channel, and subsequently using digital media to enable children with reading difficulties through the Reading Bridges project.   Since joining IADT, she has managed research projects funded by UNESCO, Irish Aid and ERAMUS+.  She manages the FÍS (Film in Schools) and School in a Box programmes, supporting and developing digital skills of communities of practice working with children, young people, marginalised communities and disability in Ireland, Europe, Asia and Africa. 

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Equity through education at Massey University New Zealand

Professor Laura Lundy was a keynote speaker at the Equity Through Education Symposium organised by the Institute of Education, Massey University on 17 February 2016. The symposium focused on identifying challenges and solutions for achieving equity through education, and on identifying a future research and advocacy platform in New Zealand that will address these important challenges. Laura’s address focused on the ways in which equity is defined and delivered through the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on issues such as school admissions, discipline and curriculum.  Professor John Smyth from the Australian Federation of Universities, well known for his seminal work on student voice and marginalised students, was also a keynote speaker.

The symposium included presentations and roundtable conversations with practitioners and researchers from centres and schools, The Ministry of Education, NGOs and private providers about topics like culture, families, health, poverty, and ability and disability.  A new research initiative on Equity through Education was launched and Laura has been invited to be on its international advisory board.  Interested individuals are invited to join this initiative. Further details, including how to apply to be a member are available on its website:

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Summer School: Children’s Rights-Based Participation

1-3 June 2016

The Centre for Children’s Rights at Queen’s University Belfast is hosting a Summer School on children’s rights-based participation. The Summer School will be led by Centre director and deputy director, Professor Laura Lundy and Lesley Emerson, who have developed a pioneering approach to children rights-based research and consultation, implementing it at local, national and international levels. Centre staff have conducted consultations for and/or provided training on child participation to bodies such as the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Child Rights Connect, Plan International and the Council of Europe Children’s Rights Unit. Drawing on this expertise, the Summer School has been designed for all those who would like a better understanding of the theory and practice of children’s right to participation.    

Speakers include a range of international child rights scholars based at the Centre, including Professor David Archard, Dr Bronagh Byrne and Dr Karen Winter as well as child participation experts Gerison Lansdown and Anne O’Donnell (Head of Citizen Participation at the Irish Department of Children and Youth Affairs).  The sessions will be practical and participatory. For more information about the Centre, please see

Topics to be covered include:

  • working with children’s advisory groups;
  • child-led consultation;
  • developing online questionnaires;
  • ethics and child protection;
  • working with young children and those with learning disabilities;
  • employing new technologies;
  • convincing duty-bearers;
  • writing ‘child-friendly’ documentation.  


The Graduate School, Queen’s University Belfast.

Queen's University is located in the city of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. Our historic campus is based in south Belfast, 15 minutes' walk from the vibrant city centre.  Please see for information on travelling to Belfast.

Is accommodation available?

For information on hotels, hostels and other accommodation around Queen’s campus, please see  Popular hotels close to campus include Dukes Hotel, Ibis and Tara Lodge.

How do I register for this event?

The Summer School fee is £300.  This excludes travel and accommodation which will be the responsibility of the student. Attendees will also be responsible for obtaining their own visas.

The closing date for registration is Thursday 12 May 2016.

Lunch will be provided and there will be a social event with dinner on 2 June.

Please register via this Worldpay link:

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Civil and political rights – questionnaire for children

The Centre for Children's Rights and Save the Children are asking children aged between 12 and 17 what they think about their role in bringing about change on issues that they feel strongly about. The issue doesn’t matter – it might be not having enough equipment in school or wanting to end child marriage. What are children’s views on how they interact with decision-makers, such as government officials or school leaders? Can they say what they think freely? Can they meet and organise in groups? Are they listened to?

The questionnaire is part of a research project looking at how children are enabled (or not) to exercise their civil and political rights. Do you know a group of children who'd like to fill in the questionnaire?

It can be accessed directly by children and completed anonymously. It takes about 15 minutes.

Please complete at this survey link.

For more information, please contact Dr Karen Orr – - or Dr Lucy Royal-Dawson –

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MSc Children's Rights Studentship (2016/17)- Apply Now

The MSc in Children’s Rights is now in its third year and the School of Education (with the Improving Children’s Lives initiative) is offering a bursary of £1500 to one student taking up a place on the course in the academic year 2016/17.  For more information, eligibility and criteria visit the MSc Children's Rights course page.

Closing date for studentship applications: Friday 29 July 2016 (4pm)

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Children's participation in budgeting processes

The Centre for Children's Rights at Queen's University Belfast and Plan International are looking for meaningful and workable examples of child-participatory budgeting processes at national, sub-national, municipal and local levels. We are seeking contacts for some research on these initiatives and would be grateful if those who have good examples contact Chelsea Marshall ( or complete the questionnaire below in the relevant language. 

This research project seeks to identify the existence, perceived effectiveness and enabling factors of child-participatory budgeting initiatives at national, sub-national, municipal and local levels. We will be conducting a scoping study via an online questionnaire for anyone who has experience of child-participatory budgeting initiatives to share learning. The project will also include a small number of in-depth case studies of initiatives that worked particularly well or provide a particularly useful model for replication and adaptation elsewhere. The study will include initiatives in which children and young people were involved in any stage of the budgeting process (e.g. allocation, expenditure, monitoring and review) at any level of governance (e.g. national/regional youth parliaments, local councils and public institutions, such as schools, etc). While the focus will be on initiatives related to public spending, the study may include strong examples of child participation in non-state budgetary processes.

While there is growing attention to the importance of involving children and young people in budgetary decision-making, little research has explored how this is done effectively and what enabling factors support this work. This study aligns with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child's development of a General Comment on Public Spending and will support its implementation by highlighting lessons from initiatives around the world.

Please feel free to contact me, Chelsea Marshall ( or tel: 9097 5939), with any questions.


Child Participatory Budgeting


Budgétisation participative des Enfants


Los procesos de presupuesto participativo con niños, niñas y jóvenes

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PhD student required for research in Parents' and Children's Rights

The Centre is looking for an excellent PhD student to conduct research on the relationship between parents' rights and children's rights.  See Rights research for further details.  Funding may be available from Faculty DEL scholarships.  The closing date is January 29th.

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