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Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative in partnership with Include Youth’s Conference, 24 April 2015

A conference on media representation of children and young people in Northern Ireland. The event is organised by the Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative and Include Youth. It has been supported by the Youth Council for Northern Ireland. Find out more

Taking Children and Young People Seriously: Reflections on Critical Research

 The Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative Seminar: Taking Children and Young People Seriously: Reflections on Critical Research will be held at Queen’s on Monday 12th January. Having the Initiative’s commitment to conducting and disseminating critical research with children and young people,presentations will focus on: ‘Breakthrough Northern Ireland and the “problem” of poverty’; ‘Developing “rights-based” early intervention for the prevention of offending in Northern Ireland’; ‘Speaking from the margins: young women growing up in the wake of Northern Ireland’s peace agreement’; ‘Critical analysis of the print media representations of children and young people during transition from conflict in Northern Ireland’.

Would you like to contribute to the process of reporting to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about implementation of children’s rights in Northern Ireland?

The UK Government (including devolved administrations) submitted its 5th Periodic Report on implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2014. As previously, the NGO sector in Northern Ireland will be developing an ‘Alternative Report’ for submission to the Committee in the summer of 2015, before the Committee’s pre-sessional meeting and subsequent examination of the UK Government. This process will be informed by a series of workshops with practitioners and a survey with children and young people.

To find out how you can participate in the NGO Alternative Reporting Process please contact JP Clayton (Assistant Policy Officer, CLC) via email:    

Young people wishing to participate in the Young People’s Reporting process should contact Deirdre McMahon (Youth Participation and Advocacy Worker, CLC):   

Please encourage young people to complete the survey, available at:   

'Growing Up in "Post-Conflict" Northern Ireland’ Seminar

Siobhán McAlister will give a presentation entitled 'The Problem of Youth in "Post-Conflict" Northern Ireland' at an ICL-funded community seminar on 'Growing Up in "Post-Conflict" Northern Ireland’ being held at QUB on 22nd January 2015.

 Raising the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility Conference

Professor Barry Goldson (University of Liverpool) will be the keynote speaker at the Include Youth/ QUB Youth Justice Research Network conference ‘Raising the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility’ being held in the Great Hall, Lanyon Building, QUB on 9th February from 9.30am-4.30pm. To register, please email Caroline Rice:

‘Contemporary Youth, Contemporary Risk’ Conference

On behalf of herself and Nicola Carr, Siobhán McAlister will present a paper entitled 'Regulation, Control and Punishment: Young People’s Experiences of Risk and "Justice"' at the Journal of Youth Studies Conference 'Contemporary Youth, Contemporary Risk' in Copenhagen, 30 March - 1 April 2015

‘Social Divisions, Surveillance and the Security State’ Conference

The 43rd Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control - ‘Social Divisions, Surveillance and the Security State’ - will take place in the Faculty of Law, University of Tartu, Tallinn, Estonia from 26th-29th August 2015. The call for papers ends on 31st March 2015. For further information, please visit

‘Preventing Sexual Abuse: Risk, Restoration, Reintegration’ Conference

Anne-Marie McAlinden will present the Key Note Address:  ‘The Role of “Grooming” in Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: Beyond the Risk Paradigm’ at the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA) Annual Conference, Preventing Sexual Abuse: Risk, Restoration, Reintegration in Dublin, 18th- 20th September 2015.


Phil Scraton was invited to give a presentation about ‘Childhood in Transition’ to the Attorney General of Northern Ireland/ Boston College, USA, Professional Fellowship Exchange Programmes on 16th October 2014 and 20th November 2014.

With Bronagh Byrne, Siobhán McAlister launched the findings of research on the transitions of young deaf and hard of hearing people in Northern Ireland in September 2014. The launch was hosted by Action on Hearing Loss and opened by Dr Stephen Farry, Minster for Education and Learning. Bronagh and Siobhán also presented key findings to staff from Action on Hearing Loss and other organisations in the sector.

Siobhán McAlister and Nicola Carr presented a paper entitled ‘Young People’s Experiences of Justice: Formal and Informal Regulation, Control and Punishment’, at the British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Liverpool on 10th July 2014.

On 13th June 2014, Phil Scraton gave a presentation: ‘The Legacy of the Conflict; Childhood in Transition in Northern Ireland’ at an event organised by Ashton Community Trust and New Lodge Arts in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Nicola Carr presented Comparative Youth Justice and the concept of Fieldat the London Practitioner's Forum, London Metropolitan University (4th June 2014) andNever Ending Sentences Young People and Criminal Records, Queen’s University Belfast (30th May 2014).

Deena Haydon facilitated a seminar: Conversations about textile narratives of conflict, testimony and resistance on behalf of the Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative, at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland on 27th May 2014.

On 8th May 2014 Phil Scraton presented ‘Voices Inside the Walls: Childhood and Transition in the North of Ireland’ to doctoral students and staff at a Trinity College/ NUI Galway Seminar in Dublin.

Deena Haydon presented Early Intervention for the Prevention of Offending: Key Issues and Implications for Policy/ Practice at a workshop for senior managers of early intervention projects, the Regional Co-ordinator of Family Support Hubs, the Chair of the CYPSP ‘Children, Young People and Offending’ Group at Mallusk, Northern Ireland on 2nd May 2014.

Anne-Marie McAlinden presented the paper ‘Sexual Abuse in the Church and Other Religious Settings: The United Kingdom’ at a two-day workshop on Clerical Sexual Abuse at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISL), Oñati, Spain (10th-11th April 2014). She also presented a paper (with B Naylor, Monash University): ‘Official Response Mechanisms: A Critique of the Public Inquiry Model in Ireland, the UK and Australia’.

Siobhán McAlister was invited to give a presentation on ‘Negative Stereotypes of Young People’, at an ARK/ OFMDFM Policy Roundtable ‘Truth about Youth’, held in YouthAction Northern Ireland on 26th March 2014.

Siobhán McAlister and Nicola Carr presented a paper entitled ‘Justice as Expressed, Justice as Experienced’ at the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work School Seminar Series, Queen’s University Belfast, on 12th March 2014.

With Siobhán McAlister and Gail Neill, Nicola Carr presented Queering the Family: Attitudes towards Lesbian and Gay relationships and families in Northern Ireland, ARK Seminar in Belfast on 25th February 2014.

As Visiting Research Fellow at UCLAN School of Law, Preston in February 2014, Phil Scraton presented a staff seminar: ‘The Violence of Incarceration and Voices of Resistance’ drawing on his primary research into the imprisonment of women and girls in Northern Ireland.