Details of Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group events.
Ongoing virtual activities
Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group members and our colleagues are facilitating a range of virtual activities, including daytime and evening writing retreats and reading groups, open to all. If you are interested, please email our CYS Research Group for more information.
The Childhood and Youth Studies at MHSES is delighted to invite you in this new semester another online seminar series titled: Engaging Children and Young People: Participatory Research Methods and Ethical Complexities. This seminar series will bring together researchers from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences- University of Edinburgh, who are researching with children and young people. The seminar series welcomes all researchers interested in the field. In alignment with participatory methods, our intention is that these seminars will be lively, interactive events, with opportunities for group discussion and connecting with other researchers.
Our next seminar will be coming up on Wednesday 17th November 2021, with a presentation given by Dr Andrew Manches. Register NOW for the webinar.
Join us! And find out more information about the seminar series!
|1||Wed 17 Nov 2021||13:00||Dr Andrew Manches||
From gestures to the design of early learning technologies
|2||Wed 19 Jan 2022||15:30||tbc||
|3||Wed 2 Feb 2022||13:00||Dr Autumn ROESCH-MARSH and Dr Emma DAVIDSON|
|4||Wed 6 Mar 2022||15:30||Dr Sarah Foley|
Enabling participation in early childhood education: learning from policy interventions in different cultural contexts
About this event
Early childhood is a critical period for all children, and governments across the world are recognising this by moving to compulsory early childhood education (ECE). This creates pivotal moments for understanding the challenges and opportunities for such provision in different contexts, and for radically rethinking future directions of ECE across the world.
High quality ECE can be a protective factor for children against the negative effects of poverty and other inequalities (including gender) and improve long-term developmental and employment outcomes. There has been strong drive, not least through the near-global ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, towards embedding children’s participation within ECE, and children’s participation has come to feature as a core element of what is considered high quality ECE.
This webinar brings together case studies from Brazil, Eswatini, Palestine, Scotland and South Africa to shed light on how policy interventions are aiming to enable children’s participation within ECE.
Join us for presentations and discussion around questions such as:
- How have policymakers across the world interpreted children’s participation in ECE?
- Which policies have been implemented successfully and what were the drivers behind such positive change?
- What are the obstacles to meaningful policy implementation in this area and how can they be addressed?
The webinar will be in English with translation into Arabic and Portuguese.
This event is organised by:
Safe, Inclusive Participative Pedagogy (SIPP) is a partnership research project funded by UKRI and GCRF, running from January 2020-January 2024. The project aims to identify and develop safe, inclusive participative pedagogy that is implementable in fragile contexts and sustainable for governments, communities and families. It brings together partners in Brazil, Eswatini, Palestine, South Africa, and Scotland.
The support of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) is gratefully acknowledged.
Speaker: Dr Jule Hildmann
Description: Dr Hildmann would like to present findings on her UK and European project looking at young people’s employment. In specific, she was researching promoting transformative competencies and employability through outdoor learning.
More details will follow.
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Speaker: Rachel Rosen & Eve Dickson, UCL Social Research Institute
Dr Arias Urueña has recently completed her PhD at MHSES. Her thesis title was 'Children´s Experiences of Living with Cleft Lip and Palate'. She will be presenting something interesting about her PhD research. Details will be available later.
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Description: Convened by Franziska Meinck, our colleagues in the School of Social and Political Science have formed a Child and Family Research Group (CFRG), with a programme of presentation and discussion sessions. These will be held online to provide a supportive environment for sharing ongoing research, research findings and research methodology when conducting research with children and families. Everyone who is interested in research on children and families is welcome. Please contact Franziska.Meinck@ed.ac.uk for more information and for subscribing to their mailing list. If you would like to present a research problem or ongoing research, please reach out to Franziska.
Where: Zoom virtual meetings
When: 12:00-13:00 BST
Programme of activities
- Every second Thursday of the month, 12:00-13:00pm UK time
|16th Sep 2021||Building a research programme around measuring violence against children||Interrupt_Violence Research Team|
|14th October, 12:00-13:00||
Attempting (remote) public engagement during COVID using community radio
Abstract: Findings from my PhD research highlighted that parents who experience a traumatic event often go on to develop posttraumatic stress symptoms. These symptoms (inc. hyperarousal, increased irritability, negative perceptions to others and your environment) can often have substantial impacts on the day-to-day lives of parents themselves, but will also affect their parenting and their family. For many cultural reasons psychological support services are often underutilised in Black African populations, and especially in low-resource township communities. Further, trauma is often not discussed openly for fear of being gossiped about, or bringing shame to the family name. As part of my Global Challenges Research Fellowship, a proportion of my time was dedicated to engaging the public with messages from my PhD research. As my audience was over 8,500 miles away in Khayelitsha I needed to be inventive with how best to engage them. My presentation will explore my experiences of trying to engage the public remotely in a relatively new method for psychosocial research; a radio drama.
For registration, please contact Christina Thurston.
|Dr Hope Christie, Global Challenges Research Fellow |
** Each meeting will contain a 15 minute presentation or short input from a member of the group. The rest of the time is spent discussing.
About this webinar
In the International Day of the Girl Child, World Vision International and Childhood & Youth Studies at the University of Edinburgh have the pleasure of inviting you to a virtual panel entitled "Child activism to end child marriage'. The researchers will share key findings and conceptual discussion points from an exploratory research study conducted in Bangladesh and Ghana.
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About this event
The webinar will be in workshop style, inspired by two presenters who are using discourse analysis, followed by discussion. Participants are welcomed to share their own experiences and dilemmas in applying discourse analysis. The workshop will be discussing Bacchi’s form of discourse analysis, amongst others.
- 12.00-12.10 Welcome
- 12.10-12.25 Introducing discourse analysis- Alexandra Jundler, PhD Student in Social Work, University of Edinburgh
- 12.25-12.40 Contested concepts: domestic abuse and children’s participation rights in family law - Ruth Friskney and Fiona Morrison - Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection at the University of Stirling
- 12.40-1.20 Group Discussion led by Laura Weiner, PhD student at Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh
Chair: Autumn Roesch Marsh, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Edinburgh
About the speakers:
I am in the fourth year of my Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Edinburgh. My research focusses on the presence of children’s participation in looked after children’s policies in Scotland that I have examined through policy analyses. I have been particularly interested in Bacchi’s WPR approach and other post-structuralist approaches.
- Video: Discourse Analysis in Practice Webinar: Alexandra Jundler's presentation
- The webinar was in workshop style, inspired by two presenters who were using discourse analysis, followed by discussion. The workshop discussed Bacchi’s form of discourse analysis, amongst others. In this presentation, Alexandra Jundler, PhD Student in Social Work, University of Edinburgh, gave an introduction to discourse analysis. Details of this event can be found on Children and Young People Thematic Hub website
Download presentation slidesRuth Friskney and Fiona Morrison
They work at the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection at the University of Stirling. Their presentation draws from recent research on the passage of the Children (Scotland) Act 2020 through the Scottish Parliament. It explores the underpinning conceptualisations of domestic abuse and children’s participation rights found in written evidence and parliamentary debates and what the implications of these are.
- Video: Discourse Analysis in Practice Webinar: Fiona Morrison and Ruth Friskney presentation
- The webinar was in workshop style, inspired by two presenters who were using discourse analysis, followed by discussion. The workshop discussed Bacchi’s form of discourse analysis, amongst others. In this presentation, Fiona Morrison and Ruth Friskney from the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection at the University of Stirling, gave a presentation entitled 'Contested concepts: Domestic abuse and children’s participation rights in family law.' Details of this event can be found on Children and Young People Thematic Hub website
I am a second-year PhD student at Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh. My research explores how young activists construct the skills, knowledge, and values developed in youth activist group spaces through a discourse analysis of policy and discourse in practice. My research draws largely on Norman Fairclough and critical discourse analysis approaches.
- Video: Discourse Analysis in Practice Webinar: Laura Weiner's presentation
- The webinar was in workshop style, inspired by two presenters who were using discourse analysis, followed by discussion. The workshop discussed Bacchi’s form of discourse analysis, amongst others. In this presentation, Laura, a second-year PhD student at Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh, shared her research on discourse analysis. It explores how young activists construct the skills, knowledge, and values developed in youth activist group spaces through a discourse analysis of policy and discourse in practice. Her research draws largely on Norman Fairclough and critical discourse analysis approaches. Details of this event can be found on Children and Young People Thematic Hub website
The Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group, MHSES is delighted to invite you to its 6 weeks online seminar series titled: Engaging Children and Young People: Participatory Research Methods and Ethical Complexities. This seminar series will bring together researchers from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences- University of Edinburgh, who are researching with children and young people. The seminar series welcomes all researchers interested in the field. In alignment with participatory methods, our intention is that these seminars will be lively, interactive events, with opportunities for group discussion and connecting with other researchers.
Our next seminar will be coming up on Wednesday 17th November 2021. Dr Andrew Manchez will present on From gestures to the design of early learning technologies. Stay tuned to learn more!
Join us! And find out more information about the seminar series!
|1||Wed 9 Dec||15:30||Antonella Sorace||
Connecting the linguistic, cognitive, and social dots in research on child bilingualism
|2||CANCELLED (to be rescheduled)||
A balanced approach to ethics in ethnography
|3||Wed 3 Mar||15:30||
Simona Di Folco and Vernon Gayle
|4||Wed 21 Apr||13:00||Claire Houghton, Lesley McCara and Kay Tisdall||
|5||Wed 26 May||15:30||Rachel O'Neill, Kieran Gemmel and Sumin Zhao||
|6||Wed 9 Jun||13:00||Emily Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, School of Health in Social Science||
21st June, 15:00-17:00 BST — Involving young people in research
- A practical overview of different ways young people can meaningfully be involved in all stages of public mental health research. We will share approaches, challenges and examples from TRIUMPH’s work with young people.
- 22nd June, 16:00-17:30 BST — Talking co-production
- A conversation between members of TRIUMPH’s Youth Advisory Group and Professor Kay Tisdall about the importance and challenges of co-producing research with young people.
- 23rd June, 15:00-17:00 BST — Multiple faces of Youth Advisory Groups
- Come and hear from a range of Youth Advisory Groups (YAGs) about the different ways YAGs can support public mental health research. Join an honest conversation about the benefits and challenges of this approach.
- 24th June, 15:00-17:00 BST — Co-production Clinic: talk to the experts (TRIUMPH YAG members)
- Members of TRIUMPH Youth Advisory Group (YAG) will answer your questions about involving young people in research. Please share your questions, ideas or challenges in advance so that the YAG members have a chance to discuss their answers.
About this event
The recent COVID-19 global health pandemic has significantly impacted on communities around the world. This webinar shares learning from our multi-country project UKRI GCRF “Safe, Inclusive Participative Pedagogy: Improving Early Childhood Education in Fragile Contexts” on how women and children in communities in Brazil, Eswatini, Palestine and South Africa have experienced the effects of the pandemic disproportionately due to historical marginalisation based on politics, poverty, racism and colonialism.
Among such communities, women and young children are a particularly overlooked group whose experiences of disadvantage and inequalities have been exacerbated and deepened throughout the pandemic. Our webinar critically examines notions of ‘fragility’ or ‘vulnerability’ against the backdrop of historical and systemic oppression and marginalisation of some communities, by sharing stories of struggles, agency, resistance, hope and activism of women and young children.
Our panellists include:
- Lizette Berry, Senior Researcher, Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
- Linda Biersteker, Senior Research Associate, Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
- Dr Malcolm Bush, Senior research and policy consultant, International Center for Research and Policy on Childhood at PUC-Rio (Brazil)
- Clement Dlamini, Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Eswatini (Eswatini)
- Dr Ahmed F. Fasfous, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Bethlehem, (Palestine)
- Irene Rizzini, Professor, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and President of the International Center for Research and Policy on Childhood at PUC-Rio (Brazil)
- Dr Fortunate Shabalala, Senior lecturer and Head of Community Health Nursing Department, Faculty of Health Sciences University of Eswatini (Eswatini)
- Dr Rabab Tamish, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Bethlehem University (Palestine)
Members from our communities will also be represented.
Keynote listener: Kay Tisdall, Professor of Childhood Policy at the University of Edinburgh, will respond to and share concluding reflections on the panel and audience discussion.
The webinar was in English.
"The support of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) is gratefully acknowledged.”
Froebel 2021: Visions of Social Justice, Equity and Integrity in the Year of Childhood
Tuesday 1 - Friday 4 June 2021, 3 sessions (9am, 2pm 7pm) to be spread across the four days, with filming and captioning.
- Dr Rosie Perkins: Reader in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music
- Dr. Wendy Russell: Senior Lecturer in Play and Playwork at University of Gloucestershire
Over the last decade there has been a burgeoning interest in the benefit of arts and play for our health and wellbeing. However, despite evidence that shows the arts and play to have close connections in how they contribute to and achieve health outcomes for children and adults, there has been a dearth of action to encourage knowledge-exchange between these fields or to understand how the processes across these interventions may be similar. This conference aims to address this gap, encouraging shared learning and asking critical questions that will support us to move forward in arts and play with new-found insight.
This conference will include:
- Keynote presentations from Dr Rosie Perkins and Dr. Wendy Russell.
- Creative workshops, lectures, and poster presentations.
- Creative ‘energiser’ sessions led by arts and play practitioners.
- Arts and play materials to creatively express your response to the conference.
- A panel session about opportunities across the arts and play sectors.
- A ‘world café’ to explore the intersections of play and art, and to foster connections, particularly between researchers and practitioners.
Dates & times: Following recent government announcements and the continued need to collectively manage the spread of COVID-19, a hybrid approach to the conference will be taken w/c 15 February 2021 where there will be both online and offline (socially distanced) components. The conference will now feature:
- One on-site day at the University of Edinburgh on Tuesday 16th February 2021. At the moment, we anticipate that we will need to employ social distancing measures, but we will respond to government guidelines as they change and are communicated.
- The remainder of the presentations spread across the week online. For example, this may work out as approximately 1-2 hours per day Monday to Friday (15th-19th February 2021).
The recording and associated resources can be found HERE (under the sub-heading 'Bringing children's rights into Scottish law').
Co-organised by the CYSRG at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Leiden and World Vision International, this event ought to shape the global debate to ensure that policy and practice are rights-based, child-centred, empowering, and inclusive.
Speakers: Prof Kay Tisdall (MHSES & Co-Director of CYSRG, University of Edinburgh), Prof Ton Liefaard (Vice-Dean for Education of Leiden Law School, Prof of Children's Rights at Leiden University), Dr Patricio Cuevas-Parra (Director of Child Participation and Rights, World Vision International)
Speakers: Professor Dorothy Vaandering, Canada; Dr. Maija Gellin, Finland; Mr. Chris Straker, England; and Professor Gillean McCluskey, Scotland
Abstract: The Scottish Network of Restorative Justice Researchers (SNRJR), with the support of the Scottish Center for Crime and Justice Research and the University of Edinburgh have organised and international seminar on restorative justice in the field of education. The aim is to learn from international practices and developments and think together how this could be relevant and developed further in Scotland.
Date/Time: Monday 28th September | 13:00-16:45 BST
Venue: This event will be held online via ZOOM (due to the current pandemic)
This event is free but REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY at the link below. Once you have registered, you will in due time receive the Zoom link and password to access the webinar.
Professor Kirsten Sandberg, University of Oslo, gave the Moray House School of Education and Sport Annual Lecture on May 27. Professor Sandberg's lecture was followed by contributions from Mairi Macpherson, Deputy Director for Creating Positive Futures, Scottish Government and Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland.
Speaker: Professor Kirsten Sandberg, Univeristy of Oslo
Date: Wednesday 27 May 2020 / 14:00 – 15:30 (BST)
THIS LECTURE WAS DELIVERED ONLINE
Speaker: Dr Emma Davidson
Abstract: 1.37 Paterson's Land
Date/Time: Thursday 23 April 2020 / 12:30-2:00pm
Venue: Room 1.37, Paterson's Land, Moray House School of Education & Sport
The event combined the launch of the Together’s State of Children’s Rights Report 2019 with that of the Observatory of Children’s Human Rights Scotland, to set out a roadmap for action in Scotland.
Date/Time: Friday 28 February 2020 / 10.30 - 12:30
Speaker: Neville Harris, Professor of Law, University of Manchester
Abstract: In seeking to ensure that there is schooling for one and all within a mass (although diverse) education system, the law plays a key role in seeking to ensure that children’s different learning and cultural needs are addressed inclusively. However, the law also sets limits to the accommodation of individual choices for reasons of efficiency, the management of limited resource or wider policy factors, including those to do with balancing perceived national interests against minority concerns. It means that individual preferences or choices will sometimes go unmet and tensions will arise. The new edition of my book Education, Law and Diversity – comprising mostly newly researched material and with a new sub-title reflecting its primary focus – examines the nature of the various rights and interests recognised by the law of education as it has evolved and explores how and to what extent these tensions are managed or resolved. In this presentation, drawing on evidence from examples of particular fields, such as sex and relationships education and home schooling, I will highlight key conclusions of my research.
Education, Law and Diversity: Schooling for One and All? is published by Hart Publishing (part of Bloomsbury Publishing) in January 2020.
Date/Time: Thursday 16 January 2020 / 1:30-3:00pm
Venue: Charteris Land (Room 5.11), Moray House School of Education and Sport
A joint seminar between Centre for Research on Families and Relationships and our Childhood & Youth Studies Research Group
Speaker: Dr Sue Kay-Flowers, Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University
Abstract: Over time, most children experiencing their parents’ separation adjust to the changes it brings. The extent to which they ‘accommodate’ these changes is influenced by many factors. Through analysis of young adults’ retrospective accounts, experiences encouraging a higher ‘accommodation’ of parental separation were identified.
This seminar outlined research tools created with young people to give voice to young adults’ experiences.
Date/Time: Tuesday 5 November 2019 / 12 noon - 1pm
Venue: Charteris Land (Room 5.02), Moray House School of Education and Sport
World Vision and the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Girls Not Brides and Child Rights Connect had the pleasure of inviting you to a report launch and panel on 'Children's participation in ending child marriage'.
Date/Time: Friday 11 October 2019 / 12:00 - 13.30
Venue: United Nations Palace, Geneva
Speaker: Professor Irene Rizzini, Professor at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and President of the International Cente for Research and Policy on Childhood (CIESPI), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Abstract: The right of young people to participate in political decision making has been adopted in international and national laws since the 1990s. In Brazil, young people’s participation in decisions concerning their lives has been affirmed by the National Children´s Rights Council (CONANDA) since 2013. Implementation, however, has been poor. Brazil is a country of huge social and economic disparities rooted in the country’s past and is still heavily influenced by power relationships forged in its oligarchic and colonial history. The challenges to implement children and young people’s political participation are connected to the history of assistance to low-income and destitute children during the 19th and 20th centuries. These challenges have intensified in the current context of the rise of the far-right in Brazil, posing new threats to democratic participation. Professor Rizzini will discuss trends in young people’s engagement as advocates, by analysing the unique experiences of the first Children's Rights Council to officially elect young people as councilors. This discussion raises relevant insights for the international framework of children’s rights. This presentation highlights contributions coming from the peripheries of the world, arguing for the decolonisation of the international system for the protection of rights.
Date/Time: Thursday 19 September 2019 / 12.30-1.30
Venue: Paterson’s Land (Room 1.27), Moray House School of Education and Sport
CERES Conversation 2019 (2 day event)
This two-day event provides education practitioners (early years, schools, colleges, universities, adult education) with spaces to consider how literate you and your establishment are on matters of racial, cultural, religious and linguistic diversity.
The event will provide a challenging but safe space for us to dismantle what are often seen as complex, sensitive and controversial issues. We will be discussing a range of issues, from talking about racism with pupils of different ages, Whiteness, Islamophobia, culturally relevant pedagogy, to learning what recent research tells us about how to support pupils for whom English is an Additional Language.
Date/Time: Thursday 20 (8.45am) - Friday 21 June 2019 / 4pm
A joint seminar between Childhood & Youth Studies Research Group and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships
Speakers: Dr Julian Burton (Rutgers University) and Hamide Elif Üzümcü (University of Padova, Italy)
Date/Time: Wednesday 5 June 2019 / 1pm to 2pm
A joint seminar organised by the Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID) and the Childhood & Youth Studies Research Group at Moray House School of Education. Across the four nations of the UK, there have been different rates of progress in terms of incorporating aspects of the UNCRC into domestic law. Holding this seminar in Scotland is timely, with the Scottish Government’s promise to incorporate the principles of CRC into domestic law, a three year awareness raising programme for children’s rights, and an emerging children and young people’s participation framework. It is thus timely to consider where we are now – and where we want to be – learning from across the UK and beyond.
Date/Time: Wednesday 1 May 2019 / 9.30am - 3.30pm
Seminar from our Community Education Research Group
The youth work sector in Scotland is under unprecedented pressure to demonstrate its impact, particularly related to universal provision. Increasingly, practitioners face reduced resources, restructuring of services and a related shift in priorities and remit. That said, the ever-changing policy landscapes do not deter an ongoing commitment across the practice sector to supporting local young people achieve change in their lives. Yet, evidence of such change can be elusive and may only become apparent after sustained intervention and often-diverse forms of engagement over a number of years.
This session will present the findings of a national research project that engaged with three communities in Scotland examining the impact of local universal youth work services.
Speaker: Dr Ian Fyfe, Head of Institute of Education, Community and Society here at Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh
Date/Time: Friday 5 April 2019 / 2pm - 4pm
An event for those working for and with children and young people who are interested in developing understandings of bilingualism.
Speakers: Professor Antonella Sorace - Director of Bilingualism Matters at University of Edinburgh), Bernard Chisholm - Director of Education and Children's Services at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Calum Alex MacMillan - Development Manager Fèisean nan Gàidheal, Dr Clare Daly - Project Manager at Highland Migrant and Refugee Advocacy (HiMRA)
Date/Time: Thursday 14 March 2019 / 11am - 3pm
Venue: An Lochran, 10 Inverness Campus, Inverness
An event for those working for and with children and young people who are interested in developing understandings of bilingualism.
Speakers: Professor Antonella Sorace - Director of Bilingualism Matters at University of Edinburgh, Louise Glen - Senior Education Officer at Education Scotland, Eòghan Stewart - Gaelic Professional Development Officer at SCILT, Jim Whanell - Chair of the Learning Committee at Bòrd na Gàidhlig
Date/Time: Monday 11 March 2019 / 12.30 - 4pm
Venue: 7 George Square (Room G32), University of Edinburgh
This is a joint seminar between CRFR and the Childhood & Youth Studies Research Group, Moray House School of Education.
Speaker: Dr Urzsula Markowska-Manista, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
Date/Time: Friday 8 March 2019 / 12noon - 1pm
This seminar brings together international award-winning early childhood experts to share evidence on what child-centred practices and spaces look like and why these are important for children.
Speakers: Dr Lynn McNair, OBE and Luke Addison
Date/Time: Thursday 7 March 2019 / 2pm - 3.30pm
The 7th Annual Childhood Studies Jamboree is an energetic and interactive mini-conference where more advanced postgraduate students, early career researchers and recent graduates come together to facilitate interactive workshops with students who are earlier on in their academic studies. These workshops deal with research methodologies that directly involve children and young people.
Date/Time: Wednessday 6 March 2019 / 1.30pm - 4.45pm