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Young People's Experiences of Parental Divorce in Turkey and England: A creative exploration

Date: Tuesday 16 May, 2023
Time: 4-5.15pm
Venue: Remote participation only via Zoom
Presenter: Dr Gozde Burger, recent Social Work PhD graduate, University of Bristol

This presentation was based on the research conducted for Gozde’s Social Work PhD. Underpinned by the sociology of childhood and a children’s rights-based perspective, her research emphasises young people’s voices through semi-structured interviews and creative methods (postcards, timeline and eco-map) in two different societal contexts.



Troubling the Binary between the Global North and Global South and the implications of Childhood Studies

Date: Thursday 23 March, 2023
Time: 4-5.30pm
Presenter: Dr Afua Twum-Danso Imoh, Senior Lecturer in Global Childhoods and Welfare, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol

The binary between childhoods in the Global South and those in the Global North has long dominated the framing of discussions around childhoods that go beyond the national or regional. While such a binary can be useful in explaining and discussing children’s lives from a global perspective, not least because of the important differences that exist between much of these two worlds, which have implications for many children living in these world areas, it is also important to acknowledge that such a framing of discussions on global childhoods is limiting in our world today. Thus, there is a need to identify alternative framings in discussing and studying global childhoods which allow us to acknowledge the differences that do exist in the lives of many children across the two worlds, but also enable us to gain insights into the layered levels of nuance that can be seen when we start examining the plurality of childhoods that can be identified in each world area.

This presentation will explore not only the limitations of the Global North-South binary, especially in relation to studies and discussions of childhoods globally, but it will also call for the need to move beyond this binary.  



This event co-hosted by CIRCY and the Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research (CSWIR)

Informing Policy Development and Implementation in the Child Welfare System using Integrated Administrative Data: An example from the United States

Date: Tuesday 7 February, 2023
Time: 3-4pm
Presenter: Dr Rameela Raman, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA

Administrative data sources provide a wealth of information and are a valuable resource for research. However, they are limited in the amount of information they capture and may not provide a comprehensive picture. Recently, integrating data from other sources (e.g., neighborhood-level socioeconomic characteristics from the United States Census) and linking them to child welfare administrative data has been shown to be an approach to address the limitations.

In this remote seminar delivered via Zoom, Dr Raman will present examples of real-world policy-relevant research projects from her work with a US child welfare system to motivate discussion on the advantages and challenges of using linked data.

Dr Raman will also touch on the types of research questions that can be addressed through linked data and demonstrate interactive ways of presenting and communicating analysis results.

Dr Rameela Raman has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and collaborated for over a decade as the lead statistician with the Vanderbilt Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody, an academic partner to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. In this role, she works with a team - including child psychologists, epidemiologists, biostatisticians and substantive experts - to formulate a question that is relevant to their field, to place the results in context, and communicate the results to policymakers. Much of her work involves critically analyzing current practices, and evaluating effectiveness of interventions to guide research, policy, and advocacy to improve the lives of children in or at-risk of coming into state custody. Her research interests include leveraging multiple sources of data to incorporate social determinants to study outcomes of interest. Dr Raman graduated with an MA and PhD in Biostatistics from the State University of New York at Buffalo.



CIRCY 10 Year Anniversary Symposium

Date: Tuesday 29 November, 2022
Time: 4-5.30pm

Professor Carlene Firmin MBE, Professor of Social Work, Durham University
'Grappling With The Grey: Conceptual, legal and practical barriers to safeguarding young people who are both victimised and victimise others in extrafamilial contexts'

Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE, Professor of Social Psychology, London School of Economics and Political Science
'Reconfiguring Youth Vulnerability in the Digital Age: A child’s rights perspective'





This event co-hosted by CIRCY and the Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research (CSWIR)

Your Baby and Child

Date: Monday 24 October, 2022
Time: 4.30-6pm
Presenter: Dr Penelope Leach CBE

Dr Leach is a renowned developmental child psychologist. Her research includes work on discipline, the effects of babies on their parents, and an ongoing look at childcare in the UK.

Dr Leach is most widely known for her bestselling books on child development and parenting. These include Babyhood, Children First: What Society Must Do – and Is Not Doing – for Our Children Today, the classic Your Baby & Child: From Birth to Age Five (new edition 2022), and Your Growing Child: From Babyhood Through Adolescence. She also wrote the Lifetime Television series of 72 programmes, ‘Your Baby and Child with Penelope Leach’ which won a CableAce award and was nominated for an Emmy.