CIRCY was launched at the University of Sussex in 2012, bringing together research, scholarship and expertise on childhood and youth. It is an interdisciplinary and cross-university centre, with a membership that includes researchers from the social and life sciences, arts, humanities and professional fields including social work, law, education and health.
Our aim is to create a space for dialogue, collaboration, creativity and capacity-building - supporting new research and knowledge exchange. CIRCY provides a stimulating environment for doctoral students working in the area of childhood, youth and family studies and a destination for visiting academics and opinion formers.
We aim to become an internationally recognised centre of excellence in the field of researching children, young people and families. We are outward-looking, committed to working with policy-makers, professional colleagues, young people and their carers in order to share expertise, promote good practice and to exchange knowledge.
CIRCY nurtures synergies between research activity and the teaching curriculum through an undergraduate course - the BA in Childhood and Youth: Theory and Practice - and the Masters course - the MA in Childhood and Youth Studies. We also provide training in research methods with children and young people.
The results of the iMedia Space Invaders competition were announced at a packed event on Monday 20th May:
Winner - Jasmine Verden
Runner-up - Benjamin Stuart & Erin Townsend
Winner - Oscar Mitchell
Runner-up - Laura Granese
Technical Commendation - Joseph O'Neill
Youth Favourite - Reaven Hackett
See the full list of finalists on our blog:
Understanding Permanence for Looked After Children: A review for the Care InquiryEstablished in 2012, the Care Inquiry is a collaboration between eight specialist charities which is supported by the Nuffield Foundation. It investigates how best to provide stable and permanent homes for children in England who cannot live with their birth parents (temporarily or permanently). Dr Janet Boddy, Reader in Child, Youth & Family Studies at the University of Sussex and Co-Director of CIRCY, was commissioned to prepare a briefing paper examining research relevant to understanding permanence for children who are 'looked after' under the auspices of the Children Act 1989. She presented her paper to the first evidence-gathering session of the Inquiry in November 2012 and her review was published - with the launch of the Care Inquiry's final report - on the 30th April.
For more information about the Care Inquiry, see http://thecareinquiry.wordpress.com
Download a copy of Janet's report.
CIRCY Director, Professor Rachel Thomson, on Radio 4's Generations Apart
Dates for the diary
CIRCY Open Seminar
Date: Monday 8th July 2013
Speaker: Jane Pilcher, University of Leicester
Title: Clothing Altercations: The politics of children's clothing