MRC Seminar - Making Children's Rights Matter in Policy and Practice

Friday 4 May 2012, 9.30AM to 2.00pm

Speaker(s): Dr Margaret Bell, Independent Social Work Consultant and Writer (previously Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of York). Mike Stein, Research Professor in the Social Policy Research Unit, University of York. Young People from ACE, Sheffield's Children in Care Council. Chaired by Nick Frost, Professor of Social Work (Childhood, Children and Families), Leeds Met. University

This event will provide participants with the opportunity to explore important policy and practice developments in children’s rights arising from young people’s experiences of participation in safeguarding and care matters, and two recent publications: Promoting Children’s Rights in Social Work and Social Care by Margaret Bell, and Care Less Lives, the story of the rights movements of young people in care, by Mike Stein. Key practice questions to be discussed include:

How did a rights movement for young people in care come about and why is it important today?How can young people living in care bring about changes in policy through making their voice heard by policy makers?How can we ensure that children and young people’s voices are heard more generally within social work?

Mike Stein will begin by presenting the key themes arising from Care Less Lives, including the campaigns by young people to bring about changes in the care they received and the challenges they still face today to improve the quality of care they receive.

Delegates will then hear about how young people can influence policy and practice. Young people from ‘ACE’, Sheffield’s Children in Care Council will show a DVD about their experiences and lead an interactive presentation session, which will include a discussion about how they have influenced positive changes for children in care.

In the final session Margaret Bell will talk about children and young people’s experiences of participation in safeguarding procedures and explore what facilitates effective participation more generally and what gets in the way.

Throughout the day, delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions about the studies and their findings, and take part in structured discussions on the implications of the research for practice. Participants will be able to purchase copies of both books on the day.

Location: University of York

Admission: £75. FREE places available to subscribing agencies.


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