Frontline practitioners’ enactment of the Rights of Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure (2011)

This research project is in competition for funding with one or more projects available across the ESRC Wales (DTP). Usually the projects which receive the best applicants will be awarded the funding. Find out more information about the DTP and how to apply.

Application deadline: 1 February 2018

Start date: October 2018


The Rights of Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure (2011) is the first legislative measure in response to realising the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (the CRC) within the UK.

A key means of promoting and implementing the CRC is through the professional practice of those with responsibility for the welfare of children. Despite these duties, there is a dearth of guidance and research regarding professionals’ understanding and, in turn, capacity to realise children’s rights in practice.

Project aims and methods

This project will address this in two ways. Firstly, it will examine teachers’ and social workers’ understanding of the CRC and the 2011 Measure.

Secondly, the research will explore the ways in which these frontline practitioners engage with the practical enactment of children’s rights. The outcomes of the project will inform the development of general and sector specific professional education and training within Wales.

The project will use a two-phased mixed methods approach. A series of three one-month placements with the collaborating partners will provide for an integrated approach whereby placement learning and development will be woven throughout the programme of study.


Teresa De Villiers

Dr Teresa de Villiers

Director of Postgraduate Research

+44 29208 75238
Mark Connolly

Dr Mark Connolly

Senior Lecturer

+44 (0)29 2087 5097


External collaborator: Office of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales; Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People

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