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Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative School of Law
28 University Square
Belfast
BT7 1NN
E: s.mcalister@qub.ac.uk

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Upcoming and Recent Events

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Calendar

Upcoming Events 

A number of fees only studentships are available for the Professional Doctrate in Childhood Studies (DChild) housed within the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen's University Belfast. Deadline for applications - 4pm, 6 August 2012. Further details available here.

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The 12th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology will take place in Bilboa, Spain, 12-15 September 2012. The theme is 'freedom and security'. Further details available here.

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Conference: Eradicating Child Maltreatment - Interventions with Children and Families. London, 9 November 2012. Further details and booking here.

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Recent News and Events


 

Siobhán McAlister was invited to be on the panel of a youth event run by the Youth Safety Network. The theme was: 'The current education system leaves young people behind'. The event was held on Thursday 28 June 2012, at YouthAction NI.

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 Congratulations to Anne-Marie McAlinden on her promotion to Reader in the School of Law.

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The Youth Justice Review Summary of Responses is available to download here. All organisational and individual responses can be accessed here.

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Deena Haydon was invited to give a presentation about Early Intervention Targeting Children 'At Risk of Offending' at the 'Risk, Crime and Security' Symposium held at Queen's University Belfast on 31 May 2012. Other presentations included Toby Seddon (University of Manchester) Criminology and the concept of precaution; Jane Donoghue (Oxford University) Anti-Social Behaviour, Risk and Vulnerable/Repeat Victims; Adam Crawford (University of Leeds) Crime, Risk and Insecurity; Kevin Haines (Swansea University) Taking the Risk Out of Youth Justice; and Claire Hamilton (Dublin Institute of Technology) The Risks of Risk Assessment. Responding to the issues raised by these presentations was Pat O'Malley (University of Sydney).

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Chelsea Marshall has been invited to be on the Reference Group - Developing a Children's Rights Based Indicator Framework, Children and Youth Programme, UNESCO Centre of UU (commissioned by OFMDFM)

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NICCY have invited Deena Haydon and Chelsea Marshall to be members of the 'Child Rights Implementation Stakeholder Group', recently established to share information and advise the Commissioner for Children and Young People in relation to the implementation of children's rights in Northern Ireland. This Group includes representatives of voluntary, statutory and community organisations, academics and researchers working to ensure more effective implementation of the UNCRC.

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Congratulations to Chelsea Marshall, who was appointed as Child Rights and Education Policy Officer at Save the Children (NI) in April 2012.

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YouthAction Northern Ireland in partnership with Public Achievement hosted a youth event entitled 'Let's Talk: Youth and Media'. This took place on the evening of 29 February 2012 in Youth Action, 14 College Square North. As part of the event Faith Gordon presented some preliminary findings from her PhD.

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As part of the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work Seminar Series, Chelsea Marshall gave a presentation entitled: 'Where are the Girls in the 'New' Northern Ireland? Young Women Navigating Transition from Conflict'. This will take place on Wed. 29 February 2012.

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The Tackling Racism - Promoting Diversity Group (TRG) is a student-led initiative based at Enterprise South Liverpool Academy. Its current work includes a group of young people, mainly year 9 students, from various schools in Liverpool studying the theme of civil rights. TRG has well-established partnerships with Unionlearn (TUC in the North West), University of Liverpool and the Liverpool Youth Service. In February thirty students, accompanied by four mentors, from the project visited community-based projects in Belfast working with young people from Nationalist and Unionist communities. They also visited the Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative for presentations and workshops with Siobhán McAlister and Phil Scraton. The sessions took place on 15 February 2012 and focused on the Initiative's research with young people on conflict, identity and violence in Northern Ireland as a divided society and included discussion of racism and sectarianism in Liverpool.

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Deena Haydon submitted a response to the Consultation on the Report on the Review of the Youth Justice System in Northern Ireland. This can be accessed here.

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Congratulations to Dr Chelsea Marshall. Following a successful defence of her thesis, Chelsea has been awarded her doctorate without amendments. The title of the thesis is: Where are the girls in the 'new' Northern Ireland? Young women navigating the transition from conflict. She was examined by Professor Penny Green, King's College London and by Dr Anne-Marie McAlinden, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast. In her summary Professor Green commented that the research is 'hugely significant' a 'fascinating' study. Both examiners agreed that she gave 'a great defence - wonderful'.

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Siobhán McAlister and Nicola Carr were awarded funding from the Research Forum for the Child to run a seminar on Youth Homelessness. This took place on 11 November 2011 and was attended by those working in the housing, homeless and youth sectors. Speakers included: Kathy Maguire (Council for the Homeless NI), Sheena McGrellis (University of Ulster), Mary Louise Corr (Manchester University) and Paula Mayock (Trinity College Dublin). A summary of the event is available to download here.

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Anne-Marie McAlinden (with Professor Shadd Maruna) gave a key note address at the NOTA one day conference on 'Sexual Violence: Facilitating Reintegration and Preventing Recidivism', entitled 'Public Mindsets and Attitudes', on Wednesday 9 November 2011, Belfast.

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Phil Scraton took part in a Panel Discussion on the topic: 'Can prisoners become positive educational role models for youth at risk?' following the screening of Mickey B in the PlayHouse on 30th September 2011.

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Phil Scraton took part in a panel discussion following the screening of Mickey B in Theatre at the Mill, Mossley Newtownabbey on 20 September 2011. Further details are available here.

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As part of the Black History Public Lectures, Phil Scraton gave a lecture entitled '1981: Unreasonable Force in Dangerous Times'. This took place in the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool on 11 September 2011.

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Phil Scraton delivered the closing plenary at 'No borders? Exclusion, justice and the politics of fear' 39th Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, 7 September 2011. Université de Savoie Chambéry, France.

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Phil Scraton was interviewed on 'Good Morning Ulster' (BBC Radio Ulster) on 10 August 2011 with regards to the different responses to rioting in England and Northern Ireland. The interview can be listened to for a limited period here (from point 1.44)

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 Siobhán McAlister was invited to present a paper on 'Childhood in Transition: Experiencing Conflict and Marginalisation in Northern Ireland' at an ESRC Seminar on 'Children Affected by War'. This took place on 30 June 2011 at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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Phil Scraton was interviewed by The Detail for an article on youth justice. The full article, published online on 19 June 2011, can be read here.

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 On 15 June 2011, Phil Scraton spoke on the Nolan Show about the Prison Ombudsman's report into the death of a 19 year old in Hydebank Wood. The show is available to listen to for a limited amount of time here.

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Anne-Marie McAliden presented a paper entitled 'Restorative Justice: The Pros and Cons' at 'Sexual and Violent Offenders in Scotland: Current Issues and Challenges', Mackay-Hannah one day conference, Edinburgh, 8 June 2011.

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The European Commission funded report Children of Imprisoned Parents was launched in Barcelona in May 2011. The report draws on comparative research in Denmark, Italy, Poland and Northern Ireland. Chapter 5 is the Northern Ireland case study written by Linda Moore, Una Convery and Phil Scraton.

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Chelsea Marshall presented a paper entitled 'Young women managing the barriers of divided space in West Belfast' a the QUB School of Law Postgraduate Research Conference on 20 May 2011.

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The fifth seminar in our series 'Gender, Sexualities and Power' took place on 18-19 April 2011. Issues explored included: gendered identities; sexualities; gender and the Conflict; interpersonal violence. Young women from YouthAction's 'Out and About' group discussed the issues for them of being gay, lesbian or bi-sexual in Northern Ireland. 

Proceedings from the seminar will be available to download soon. Proceedings from the first seminar in our series 'Living in a Divided Society' can be downloaded here. Proceedings from the second seminar 'Health, Well-being and Support' can be downloaded here. Proceedings from the third seminar on 'Media Representations of Children and Young People' can be downloaded here. Proceedings from the fourth seminar on the 'Regulation and Criminalisation of Children and Young People' can be downloaded here.

                                                                           

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In light of continued demand for copies of the Childhood in Transition: Experiencing Marginalisation and Conflict in Northern Ireland research report, we have produced an Executive Summary and Key Findings. This can be downloaded here.

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Childhood in Transition: Summary of Research Findings for Children and Young People is available to download here. To request hard copies please contact Siobhán (email: s.mcalister@qub.ac.uk, telephone: 028 9097 1341)

                                                                               

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The Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative submitted an overview of key findings from their research to the Review of the Youth Justice System in Northern Ireland. This is available to download here.

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Chelsea Marshall travelled to South Africa in March with assistance from a William and Betty MacQuitty Travel Scholarship. During her month in Cape Town and Johannesburg, she visited with organisations working in the fields of transitional justice, human rights and youth participation. Seeking to place her research on young women's experiences of the transition from the Conflict in Northern Ireland into international context, she met with members of the International Center for Transitional Justice, the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, the District Six Museum and the Children's Institute at the University of Cape Town to discuss their reflections on the sixteen years since South Africa's transition to democracy.  She also spent a week with the Khulumani Support Group visiting with victims' groups engaged in such issues as commemoration of the Sharpeville Massacre, ex-combatants' trauma recovery, a youth dialogue about the role for modern activists and community development programmes. Chelsea is grateful to all those who contributed to her thinking about contemporary transitional justice debates and particularly to Associate Professor Lillian Artz of the Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit at the University of Cape Town for her assistance throughout this visit.

                                                                     

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Siobhán McAlister was invited as a guest speaker to launch Headliners Foyle resource on racism, sectarianism and homophobia. This took place in the Playhouse, Derry on 15 March 2011. To find out more about Headliners Foyle click here.

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 Congratulations to Dr Nicola Carr, who successfully defended her PhD thesis on 28 February 2011

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Faith Gordon's PhD was reported on by young people from Headliners Foyle in the 4th Issue of their newletter Different Voices. Copies of the Different Voices newsletter can be downloaded from here.

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Phil Scraton was interviewed for UTV Live on 26 June 2011 regarding the Policing Board's Human Rights Committee position that publishing images of children breaches their human rights. View Phil's interview here, download the Policing Board's report here.

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Professor Rob Chaskin, University of Chicago visited Queen's Univeristy from 24-31 January 2011. Among other events, Rob attended the Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative's seminar on 'Regulation and Criminalisation of Children and Young People'; visited local youth projects and shared thoughts on his visit with members of the Initiative in a discussion entitled: 'Children, Communities and Social Justice: Reflections on Chicago and Belfast'. Rob's visit was funded by the Research Forum for the Child.

 

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 Members of the Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative were invited to write a response to The Human Rights and Professional Standards Committee's Thematic Enquiry on Children, Young People and Policing. This can be viewed here.

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The fourth seminar in our series on the theme 'Regulation and Criminalisation of Children and Young People' was held on 24-25 January 2011. Issues explored included: policing and community; custody; early intervention and prevention; alternatives to criminal justice. A group of young people from Include Youth discussed what they consider to be the key issues concerning the regulation and criminalisation of children and young people.

Seminar proceedings can be downloaded by clicking here.

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