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The Innovation Zones team have been supporting the Greater Shankill Children and Young People Zone and their 20 year vision to transform the lives of those within the Shankill community, starting with a commitment to the children and young people.  Practically, this involves lifelong engagement (in the form of conversations) with children and young people to establish their goals and aspirations and to identify and provide wraparound support where necessary.  The process, protocol, guides, tools, resources, training mechanisms (for those significant adults holding the conversations with the children and young people) etc., for this process have been co-designed by the teams from CESI and the Shankill Children and Young People Zone.  Conversations with children and young people are on-going.  The findings from these conversations, as well as continually refining the process, will inform a child-centred, bottom up, outcomes framework for the community, which will inform service provision and community resource.

An in-depth PhD study, conducted by Mrs Eilise Sweeney and supervised by Ms Lesley Emerson and Dr Paul Best, is currently underway. This PhD study aims to explore the aspirations of the children and young people from the Shankill community, using participatory research methods.

To learn more about the Conversations project, please contact Dr Karen Orr, and to learn more about the PhD study, please contact Mrs Eilise Sweeney.