Seen But Not Heard?

Seen But Not Heard?  The Spatial, Emotional and Material Sites of Childhood and Youth from Antiquity to Modernity.   Blog by Owen Emmerson The Seen But Not Heard conference was held at the University of Sussex on 18-20th January 2017. Its aim was to bring together scholars with interest in childhood and youth from across … Continue reading Seen But Not Heard?

Toy memories

Reblogged from Everyday childhoods blog Rachel Thomson reflects on her visit to a ‘Toys in the Community’ workshop at the Brighton Toy and Model Museum. I very much enjoyed a study day at the Brighton Toy & Model Museum showcasing the work of their Heritage Lottery Funded project Toys in the Community which has lots … Continue reading Toy memories

Mass Observation and the ‘My Object Stories’ Hackathon

In the second of a series of blog posts, Suzanne Rose and Anthony McCoubrey from the Mass Observation Archive reflect on their participation in the ESRC Festival of Social Science event: the ‘My Object Stories’ Hackathon and the significance of ‘object stories’ for the Archive.  Re-blogged from Everyday Childhoods Blog This was the third year in … Continue reading Mass Observation and the ‘My Object Stories’ Hackathon

Reflections on the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers

By Janet Boddy On Wednesday 4th March I took part in a panel discussion for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Looked After Children and Care Leavers, in the House of Commons. The group is chaired by Craig Whittaker MP and organised by The Who Cares? Trust , a brilliant organisation which supports and advocates … Continue reading Reflections on the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers

(Vulner)ability and creative action research spaces

Public discourses of children in general, and children in welfare settings in particular, often revolve around their vulnerability. Official statistics for example note that children in care are more likely than the general population to experience mental health problems. This way of thinking about children has the tendency to focus on the individual child and … Continue reading (Vulner)ability and creative action research spaces

International development, impact evaluation and research with children

Guest blogger this week is Benjamin Zeitlyn, Lecturer in International Education in the Department of Education at Sussex, who reflects on his recent fieldwork in Ethiopia part of the evaluation of the Speed Schools Project. In the 1990s a new trend swept through development, led by people such as Robert Chambers from the Institute of … Continue reading International development, impact evaluation and research with children

The Girls theatre production: some reflections from the audience

Back in October colleague Fidelma Hanrahan, from the Department of Psychology, contributed a post on her involvement with The Girls theatre production.  This was a powerful production about young people's social exclusion and much more, that a few of us from CIRCY, staff and students, had been to see in London. As such, we were … Continue reading The Girls theatre production: some reflections from the audience

Beyond normal, or a good enough childhood?

On Monday night I had the honour of acting as discussant for Professor Ann Phoenix who delivered the first ever Children & Society annual lecture at Senate house in London. Children & Society is an international, interdisciplinary journal publishing high quality research and debate on all aspects of childhood and policies and services for children … Continue reading Beyond normal, or a good enough childhood?

Foster care and user engagement in research

Former Sussex colleagues Nikki Luke and Judy Sebba, both at the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education at the University of Oxford, are doing some really interesting work on fostering and children’s outcomes. Particularly exciting in the Centre’s design which puts user engagement at the heart of its work.

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Nikki Luke, our guest blogger for this week, is the Research Officer at the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education at the University of Oxford. Nikki is an alumna of the University of Sussex, having recently completed her doctoral work in the Department of Psychology. The work of the Rees Centre, which has been set up in order to identify what works to improve the outcomes and life chances of children and young people in foster care, is of direct relevance to social work and we’re delighted to host Nikki’s post reflecting on her first few months with the Centre. Read more about the Rees Centre at http://reescentre.education.ox.ac.uk

I recently completed my PhD in Psychology at the University of Sussex. For me, as for many Doctoral students, participants were the people I interviewed and tested, while I was the researcher who came up with the questions, ran the…

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