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Children, Sexuality and Sexualisation: A Matter of Equality, Rights and Voice

Starts: 30 March 2012

A Conference for Young People, Practitioners and Policy Makers


Friday 30th March, 2012. 
School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University (Glamorgan Building)


Children, Sexuality and Sexualisation: A Matter of Equality, Rights and Voice


Co-hosted by: 

Emma Renold (Cardiff University, Childhood Research Group

and Keith Towler (Children’s Commissioner for Wales)


Booking Details


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Cost: Adults (£10), young people (no charge)


Further Information

Here is a bit more information about the day. 

Full Event Programme - Available here

Full Workshop Programme - Available here

Event Poster - Available here

Below is the full programme of events for the day.



9.30 - 10.00                 Registration

10.00 - 10.15               Introduction and Welcome (Emma Renold)

Growing up sexually as a children’s rights and equalities issue

- Keith Towler (Children’s Commissioner for Wales)

- Gwenda Thomas (Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services, Welsh Government)

10.15 - 12.00               What do we know about young sexualities and sexualisation?

Panel 1: Adult (s)experts

  • Too much too soon? What kids tell us about ‘growing up sexually’? (Emma Renold, Cardiff University)
  • Sexting , Sexualisation and Young People (Jessica Ringrose (IoE, University of London)
  • Parents, sex and sexualisation (Sara Bragg, Open University)

15 minute break

Panel 2: Teen (s)experts

- The Domino Project: creating an SRE curriculum resource (Radyr Comprehensive)

- Where are the boys in ‘girl power’? (Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr)

- Diggon (Enough) – Drama performance addressing heteornormativity in schools (Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr)

12.00 - 13.00               Lunch

13.00 - 13.45               Workshops

  • Your Views: shaping the WAG cross-party group ‘Childhood, Sexuality, Sexualisation and Equalities’ (led by AM member Jocelyn Davies, Keith Towler and Emma Renold)
  • Size matters: Can policy really change practice? (led by Anita Pilgrim and Sarah Oerton, Glamorgan University) - Using creative resources: an LGBT drama workshop (Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg ,Plasmawr)
  • Fears on the frontline: teaching and learning SRE in schools (led by Cheryl Joscelyne, Senior Health Promotion Specialist)
  • What’s it like to deliver a peer-led SRE lesson (Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr)
  • Combatting  young gender-based violence (Rebekah Burns, Cardiff Women’s Aid)

13.45 - 14.00               Break and refreshments        

14.00 - 14.45               Workshops repeated

14.45 -  15.30              Onwards and outwards

Stakeholder panel: Christine Chapman (Chair of Children’s Committee), Jan Pickles (NSPCC), Cheryl Joscelyne, Siriol Burford (Deputy Head Teacher), 3 teen representatives.


Previous Childhood Research Group conference information can be accessed here.


Other information

Open To: Staff and Students