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International delegates attend conference on Children and Young People in a Changing World

HCA Tuesday 12 July 2016

The Department of Social Work, Care and Justice recently hosted the ‘Children and Young People in a Changing World’ conference at Hope Park.

This multidisciplinary conference was attended by more than 150 delegates from as far afield as South Africa, New Zealand, Brazil, India and across Europe. Keynote speakers included some very notable internationally recognised experts in their respective fields, including, Professors Jens Qvortrup, Mary Jane Kehily and Priscilla Alderson (Childhood and Youth), Hasina Ebrahim (Early Childhood) and Nigel Thomas (Social Work).

The key theme of the conference was Children and Young People’s ‘Action, Agency and Participation’. Delegates discussed a broad array of topics including: intergenerational conflicts and justice, children and young people’s rights and political participation, educational practices, social work, youth work and charity work, children and young people’s experiences of life on the margins, children and young people at risk and issues related to social policy, practice and research. A number of delegates also took the opportunity to engage in a discussion of the potential implications for children and young people of the decision to leave the European Union.

Dr Dave Merryweather, Lecture in Childhood and Youth, organised the Conference.

He said: “The conference was unique in that it brought together a range of academics and practitioners from early years, youth work, social work and community practice. The result was an exciting and thought-provoking dialogue which illuminated many of the challenges facing children and young people in society today. Important discussions also took place regarding the various ways in which children and young people’s voices and interests can be placed in the centre of research, community and educational projects that concern them.”

For further information about the conference, please contact Dave Merryweather via

Department of Social Work, Care and Justice 


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