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(Extra)Ordinary Lives:
Children’s Everyday Relationship Cultures in Public Care

Principal Investigator: Dr Emma Renold & Dr Sally Holland
Researchers: Dr Nicola Ross and Miss Alex Hillman

Duration: June 2006 to July 2008

The ‘(Extra)Ordinary Lives’ project was a participatory and ethnographic research project that sought to enable a small number of children and young people (aged 10 to 20) to generate their own multi-media identity projects. The focus was on the everyday lives of children and young people in public care. The project aimed to create a highly flexible and creative research environment that would enable the young participants to shape research encounters, express themselves through multiple means of communication and exercise control over the representations they generated (and chose to share) of their lives. It also adopted an ethnographic approach to record and explore the possibilities and challenges of enabling the active participation of young people in the research process.

SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES

2009

  • British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Cardiff City Hall (April 2009)

Paper Title: ‘You’re still my daughter’: looked after young people and their relationship with ‘care’ (Holland, Renold, Ross, Hillman)

  • British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Cardiff City Hall (April 2009)

Paper Title: ‘I love this park. Me and all my friends hang around here’: young people's geographies of belonging (Ross, Holland, Renold, Hillman)

2008

  • Caerphilly Children’s Services Annual Conference  (November 2008)

Paper title: A critical exploration of young people's engagement in participative social work research and practice (Holland)

  • Research in Practice, Wales College, Neath (September 2008)

Paper title: ‘Making sense of children's social worlds: analysing and reporting children's perspectives’ (Holland).

  • Vital Signs: Researching Real Life Conference, University of Manchester (9-11 September 2008)

Paper Title: ‘Look at the state of me!’: Researching and representing everyday identities and relationship cultures in participatory research with young people in care (Renold, Ross, Allan, Soyinka, Holland, Hillman)

  • British Education Research Association, Problematising the methodological terrain: The limits and possibilities of poststructural ethnographic research on young non/normative sexualities in educational settings symposia, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh (3 - 6 September 2008)

Paper Title: Mapping ‘resistances’ to regulative heteronormativity: method/ological challenges in researching young marginalised femininities (Renold and Ringrose)

  • British Education Research Association, Affective space: Reconceptalizing the politics of gender, competition and schooling symposia, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh (3-6 September 2008)

Paper Title: Fighting for an education: rage, violence and the schooling of un/intelligible femininities, (Renold, Holland, Hillman, Ross)

  • ERSC Research Methods Festival, Oxford University (30 June – 3 July 2008)

Paper Title: The multi-sensory experiences of mobile research encounters (Ross, Holland, Renold, Hillman)

  • Looked After Children, Latest Research from Cardiff University Seminar, Cardiff University (22 June 2008)

Paper Title: (Extra)ordinary Lives (Holland)

  • Advancing Research Agendas in Social Work research seminar series, University of Sussex (23 April 2008)

Paper Title: Rights, ‘right on’ or the right thing to do? A critical exploration of young people's engagement in participative social work research (Holland)

  • Advancing the Use of Visual Methods in Research on Children’s Cultures Seminar, Cardiff University (16 April 2008)

Paper Title: ‘Look at my eyes, they’re lush’: representing mediated identities in longitudinal participatory research with children and young people in care (Renold and Ross)

  • American Education Research Association, Rethinking Resistance and Agency: What Comes After Girl Power? Symposia, New York (22-28 March 2008)

Paper Title: Regulation and resistance?: Exploring postfeminist discourses of girlhood and girls’ negotiations of heteronormative femininity (Ringrose and Renold)

  • ESRC NCRM Annual Meeting, Bristol (10 -11 Jan 2008)

Paper Title: (Extra)ordinary Lives: narratives of the everyday lives of young people in care (Ross, Holland, Renold, Hillman)

2007

  • Communicating with Children, National Children’s Bureau Seminar, London (20 November 2007)

Paper Title: Making sense of children’s social worlds: analysing and reporting children’s perspectives (Holland)

  • European Sociological Association Annual Conference, Strathclyde/Glasgow Caledonian University (3-6 September 2007)

Paper Title: Moving Stories: Using Mobile Methods to Explore the Everyday Lives of Children in Public Care (Ross, Renold, Holland and Hillman)

  • RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Nature Trails Session (29-31 August 2007)

Paper Title: Children in the margins: the hidden corners of children’s play (Ross)

  • 9th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference, Swansea University (11-13 July, 2007)

Paper Title: Me, Myself and I: enabling 'looked after' children to represent their everyday lives through participative and creative research (Holland and O’Connor)

  • Extended and Extending Families: Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Conference, Edinburgh University (27-29 June 2007)

Paper Title: Visualising 'family': how 'looked after' children negotiate, represent and construct 'family' (Holland, Renold, Ross, Hillman)

  • ESRC Seminar Series, Girls in Education 3-16: Continuing Concerns, New Agendas, Lancaster University, (13 June 2007)

Paper Title: Girls in care: Nomadism, compulsory reflexivity and legible rage (Renold)

  • ‘Developing ‘mobile’ methods’ research seminar’, Cardiff University (12 June 2007)

Paper Title: ‘On the go: Conducting and representing mobilities research’ (Ross)

  • British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of East London (12-14 April 2007).

Paper Title: “I want to film the dogs”: Exploring children and young people’s engagement with visual methods in a participatory research project on everyday lives ‘in care’ (Ross, Holland, Renold, Hillman)

2006

  • School of Education Seminar, Queens University Belfast (15 Sept 2006)

Paper Title: Participatory research with looked-after children and young people: Ethical intentions, reflections and expectations (Renold)

  • Childhood and Youth: Participation and Choice, University of Sheffield (4-6 July 2006)

Paper Title: Ethical Expectations: Participatory research with looked-after children and young people (Renold and Holland)

  • 'Research Ethics in the Social Sciences’, Association of Research Centres in the Social Sciences, Manchester University (16th June 2006)

Paper Title: Researching with children and young people: ethics within a participatory framework (Renold)

 

EVENTS

ESRC Festival of Social Science 2009, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (11 March 2009)
Title: Children and Young People’s Festival of Participation in Research

This event will be held as part of a series of activities commemorating the first Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Peter Clarke, who died in 2007. In the spirit of his style of working, the event will be planned in collaboration with young people and will attempt to engage children and young people in debates about children’s role in society by 1) displaying current and recent (mainly participative) social science research conducted with or about children in a form that directly engages children and young people, 2) enabling children and young people to display to others their involvement in civic society, including research carried out by young people. All social scientists and young people’s groups applying to take part will be required to demonstrate how they will engage and interest a younger audience.

Event Resources:

Poster for Younger Participants
Poster for Older Participants
Postcard for Participants
Activity Sheet for Participants
Event Booking Form for Participants

Adnoddau'r Ŵyl

Poster i Blant sy'n Cymeryd Rhan
Poster i Bobl Ifanc sy'n Cymeryd Rhan
Cerdyn Post i'r Rhai sy'n Cymeryd Rhan
Dalen Gweithgareddau i'r Rhai sy'n Cymeryd Rhan

 

ERSC Festival of Social Science 2008, Millennium Centre, Cardiff (10 March 2008)
Title: ‘Beyond Outcomes’: The Everyday Lives of Young People in Care
This event was created specifically for young people who live in local authority care (foster, residential or kinship care settings) to communicate research findings from the (Extra)Ordinary Lives research project. The event showcased three short films produced through collaboration between young people and social researchers involved in the (Extra)Ordinary Lives research project and a local film-maker, representing different aspects of their lives in care. Following the films, an invited panel (Gwenda Thomas, Welsh Assembly Member; Ellie Jones, Tros Gynnal; a young care-leaver, and Sophie Borja-Edwards who plays ‘Roxy’ from the BBC TV series ‘Tracey Beaker’) commented upon the films and responded to questions from the audience.

Film Outputs:

  • ‘Marshmallow’ (Soyinka)
  • ‘Place in me’ (Soyinka)
  • ‘When I get angry I growl’ (Soyinka)
  • ‘Me, myself and I’ (Ross)

 

PUBLICATIONS

Journal Articles

Holland, S. (2009) Looked after children and the ethic of care, British Journal of Social Work 2009; doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcp086 http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/bcp086?ijkey=sDzS8TP8Fih6i6s&keytype=ref

Hillman, A., Holland, S., Renold, E. and Ross, N.J. (2008) Negotiating Me, Myself and I: Creating a Participatory Research Environment for Exploring the Everyday Lives of Children and Young People ‘In Care’, Qualitative Researcher, 7, 4-7

Holland, S. (forthcoming) Listening to children in care: A review of methodological and theoretical approaches to understanding looked after children’s perspectives, Children and Society

Renold, E., Holland, S., Ross, N.J., and Hillman, A. (2008) ‘Becoming participant’: problematising ‘informed consent’ in participatory research with children and young people in care, Qualitative Social Work, 7, 4, 431-451

Wiles, R, Prosser, J., Bagnoli, A., Clark, A., Davies, K., Holland, S. and Renold, E. (2008) Visual Ethics: Ethical Issues in Visual Research, ESRC NCRM Research Methods Review Paper 011, www.ncrm.ac.uk/research/outputs/publications/

Book Chapters

Renold, E. (forthcoming 2009) Fighting for an education: succeeding and surviving for girls in care at school, in C. Jackson, C. Paechter and E. Renold. (Eds.) Girls in Education 3-16: Continuing Concerns, New Agendas. Open University Press.

Holland, S., Renold, E., Ross, N.J., and Hillman, A. (2008) The everyday lives of children in care: using a sociological perspective to inform social work practice, in B. Luckock and M. Lefevre (eds.) Direct Work: Social work with children and young people in care. British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF). Book available from: www.baaf.org.uk/res/pubs/books/book_directwork.shtml

Working Papers

Qualiti Working Paper 009 - Moving Stories: Using Mobile Methods to Explore the Everyday Lives of Young People in Public Care
Dr Nicola J Ross, Cardiff University
Dr Emma Renold, Cardiff University
Dr Sally Holland, Cardiff University
Dr Alex Hillman, Cardiff University
November 2008
www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/qualiti/WorkingPapers/Qualiti_WPS_009.pdf

Qualiti Working Paper 008 – ‘Becoming Participant’: Problematising Informed Consent in Participatory Research With Young People in Care
Dr Emma Renold, Cardiff University
Dr Sally Holland, Cardiff University
Dr Nicola J Ross, Cardiff University
Dr Alex Hillman, Cardiff University
November 2008
Published: Qualitative Social Work, 7 (4): pp. 431-451 http://qsw.sagepub.com/

Qualiti Working Paper 006 - Rights, ‘right on’ or the right thing to do? A critical exploration of young people's engagement in participative social work research,
Dr Sally Holland, Cardiff University
Dr Emma Renold, Cardiff University
Dr Nicola J Ross, Cardiff University
Ms Alex Hillman, Cardiff University
April 2008
www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/qualiti/WorkingPapers/Qualiti_WPS_006.pdf

Qualiti Working Paper 005 - The everyday lives of children in care: using a sociological perspective to inform social work practice.
Dr Sally Holland, Cardiff University
Dr Emma Renold, Cardiff University
Dr Nicola J Ross, Cardiff University
Ms Alex Hillman, Cardiff University
February 2008
www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/qualiti/WorkingPapers/Qualiti_WPS_005.pdf

Research Findings

Extra(ordinary) lives: children's everyday relationship cultures in public care
Dr Emma Renold, Cardiff University
Dr Sally Holland, Cardiff University
Dr Nicola J. Ross, Cardiff University
Dr Alexandra Hillman, Cardiff University
December 2008

 

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