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Date: Tuesday 30 June, 2020
Time: 2-3pm 
Link to join:
Speaker: Nikki Luke, Research Fellow, Rees Centre, University of Oxford

The Shared Training and Assessment of Wellbeing (STrAWB) package arose from an inter-disciplinary collaboration between colleagues at the Universities of Oxford (Nikki Luke, Valerie Dunn) and Sussex (Robin Banerjee, Helen Drew).

This innovative approach for primary-aged children in care brings together key adults from the child’s home and school contexts to identify their strengths and support needs.

Central to the STrAWB approach is the early identification of difficulties with emotions and social relationships that might escalate into more serious issues, and the triangulation of information from foster carers, teachers and children.

In this seminar, Nikki will present findings from a small pilot study, and outline how STrAWB is being taking forward with a new feasibility trial.

The event will be hosted by Michelle Lefevre and Robin Banerjee. Nikki will present for 30 minutes and this part of the seminar will be recorded. There will then be time for questions and discussion.


Date: TBC
Keynote Speaker: Sir Al Aynsley Green, the first Children’s Commissioner for England (2005-09)  

Celebrating Children's Lives: A 'call to action' event

This event, facilitated by Professor Saul Becker and Citizens UK, Brighton, is hosted by CIRCY and the Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research (CSWIR) in conjunction with the Sussex Student Union.

It provides a unique and important opportunity to focus on ‘action-centred’ conversations and planning about children’s lives today with an overall event objective of developing a bespoke action plan for child-focused work in Brighton and the surrounding area.

Alongside a national overview of the state of children’s lives in the 21st Century, the event will involve action-focused engagement activities to identify and implement co-constructed and co-produced local events which will seek to enhance children’s wellbeing and promote children’s voices on and views about their own lives.  


Past events


Date: Wednesday 30 October, 2019
Time: 12-2pm 
Venue: Room 217, Arts B
Speaker: Dr Pamela Thurschwell, Reader, English & Jo Moran-Ellis, Professor of Sociology, both University of Sussex


Date: Monday 25 November, 2019
Time: 3.30-4.45pm 
Venue: Room 252, Bramber House  

Chaired by Michelle Lefevre, CIRCY Dirctor