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Members of the Childhood Research Group have been involved in organising a number of public engagement events with children and young people over recent years. From this experience they have released a working paper offering ideas and advice on how to make such events successful. This document can be downloaded here.


Children's Commissioner for Wales Keith Towler with students from Ferndale Community School

Children's Commissioner for Wales Keith Towler with students from Ferndale Community School

12-13/01/2011 WISERD and DECIPHer ran running a  2-day workshop on the theme of "Undertaking research with children and young people" . This two day event will focus on the developing the capacity of staff to undertake effective research with children and young people.  Open to active research staff and research students, the training will consist of two parts.

26/06/2009 Looked after children day conference. Attended by over 100.

18/06/2009 We secured funding for a Cardiff 125th anniversary lecture that took place in June 2009 -  Cardiff University 125th Anniversary Lecture commemorating the work of Peter Clarke, first Children’s Commissioner for Wales: “The good, the bad and the history: A balance-sheet of modern childhood”, Dr. Helene Guldberg

22/04/2009 ‘Gender and child welfare: 3rd International conference’. Attracted 70 participants to the School.

SOCSI Student evaluators try out activities at an exhibit

SOCSI Student evaluators try out activities at an exhibit

11/03/2009 ESRC Festival of Social Science 2009, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Title: Children and Young People’s Festival of Participation in Research - This event was 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 attempted 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 were required to demonstrate how they will engage and interest a younger audience.

Spring 2009 SOCSI Spring Seminar Series 2009: 'The State of the Child'. 

On 26th June 2008 Keith Towler, The Children's Commissioner for Wales, gave a key-note lecture as part of a day seminar in the School. Findings from five recent research projects with looked after children were represented at the seminar. Topics included advocacy services, successful foster care, education and assessing identities. Over 100 practitioners, carers, social work educators and researchers attended the event. A report and copies of the presentations given are available here.