Home and Away: Transnational Simultaneity

By Benji Zeitlin It took about half an hour after landing in Dhaka at the beginning of my fieldwork with British Bangladeshi families from London for the feeling to hit me. I shuffled off the flight from Doha in a haze and gradually awoke as a taxi drove me into the city. The sights, smell … Continue reading Home and Away: Transnational Simultaneity

Notes on teaching the Brilliant

By Ruth Ponsford Ruth is a Research Fellow at the School for Public Health Research @ LSHTM and is a guest lecturer on the MACYS course. She completed her PhD at the Open University under the supervision of Rachel Thomson and Mary Jane Kehily Having fairly recently completed my PhD and looking for opportunities to … Continue reading Notes on teaching the Brilliant

Children’s Diaries, Liam Berriman

This summer the Museum of Childhood (MoC) hosted an exhibition on children and teenager’s diaries, with examples ranging from a 15-year-old teenage girl writing in 1947 about her turbulent love life, to a teenage colliery apprentice writing in 1838 about the death of a fellow miner. These diaries form part of a larger collection called … Continue reading Children’s Diaries, Liam Berriman

(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

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.


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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The Girls theatre production

Our guest post today is by doctoral candidate Fidelma Hanrahan from the School of Psychology, University of Sussex. Together with my supervisor, Prof Robin Banerjee, at the School of Psychology, I have been carrying out research focused on investigating, and developing a better understanding of, pathways to disaffection in young people and how theatre and … Continue reading The Girls theatre production

21 years of the Children Act

by Rachel Thomson A fascinating event was held at the University of Sussex on Friday and Saturday 12/13 October, celebrating 21 years of the Children Act a landmark piece of legislation which brought together private and public law. The event began like a ‘reunion’, seated around the table were many of the key movers responsible … Continue reading 21 years of the Children Act

Children’s privacy: a gatekeeper to children’s rights in Greece


By Sevasti-Melissa Nolas

Greek newspaper To Vima reported late last night of some less than sanguine developments for children’s rights and the welfare of children and their families in Greece.

It has come to light that Golden Dawn MP Ilias Panagiotaros has requested from the Greek Ministry of Interior (the equivalent of the British Home Office) for the exact data of “foreign infants and young children, by country of origin, who are in nursery schools” in Greece.

To Vima’s headline reads “Taking a leaf out of Herod’s book” and the request follows earlier demands made by the party for the relevant information of immigrants’ use of health services in the country. Both requests appear to follow alarming pre-election statements that “if Golden Dawn are elected to parliament, we will storm hospitals as well as nurseries, and we will throw illegal immigrants and their children on the streets”, and a rise…

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