2016-17 marked the third year of the Oxford Children’s Rights Network, and one in which we continued to enjoy seminars and workshops delivered by academics and practitioners working across the span of children’s rights. A particular focus this year was building links between academia and those working with children and young people to advance their rights in practical ways in the community. It was great to see attendees from not only within the university but also from Oxfordshire Country Council and a range of children’s charities.
In December we were delighted to receive further funding from the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre Interdisciplinary Networks Fund, to support our research group going forward and develop opportunities for further knowledge exchange.
The year’s events included:
-12th October 2016 John Eekelaar (Emeritus Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Oxford) – “Rights Children should not have”.
-26th October Nikki Luke (Research Officer at the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education in the University of Oxford Department of Education) – “Supporting Education and Well-being in Care”
9th November Nigel Parton (Professor in Applied Childhood Studies, University of Huddersfield)- “The Contemporary Politics of Child Protection”
-8th February Francesca Zanatta (Senior Lecturer & Programme Leader for Early Childhood Studies, University of East London)- “Children’s participation in the training of professionals and volunteers: reflections on bridging theory, practice and children’s experience.”
14th March Louise King (Director, Children’s Rights Alliance for England) spoke on the subject “How well do we respect children’s rights in the UK? The UN’s verdict”
We’ll soon be uploading podcast recordings of the year’s seminars. As ever, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/oxchildrensrights to join the mailing list for regular updates of events in the upcoming year.