Conference 2017 Children and young people's participation


29th & 30th November 2017
Chartered Accountants House, Dublin

How can we involve children and young people in research?

Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children will open the sixth annual conference of the Childrens Research Network. The theme of this two day event is ‘Childrens participation in research’.

 In recent years there has been increasing interest internationally and in Ireland on how to involve children in the decisions that affect their lives.

Involving children in research can enhance services, policy and practice in different settings - at home, in early childhood care, school and in care. While there has been much progress, there are still many challenges. How do we involve vulnerable children, or those with complex needs? What creative methods can we use in our research that will engage children? What do we need to consider in terms of ethics, rights, regulation and consent? 

This conference will explore these questions through a mix of presentations, workshops and roundtable discussions. Speakers will share experience of children’s participation in a range of policy and research initiatives. Keynote addresses include Tom McBride (Early Intervention Foundation), Paula Keenan (Children in Northern Ireland Participation Network), Thilo Kroll (UCD), Claire Finn (DCYA) and Greg Mannion (University of Stirling).

Book your place for one day, or book both days at a special, discounted rate. 

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Promotional Stands

This year, we are offering a limited number of stalls where organisations and institutions relevant to children and young people's research can provide promotional and information material and be available to talk to the many researchers and research-interested practitioners who every year participate in our conference. We normally have around 100 people attending and provide plenty of time for networking and browsing the stands. Stands are available for either one or both of the days of the conference at a cost of €100/€150 respectively. If you would like to set up a stand at our conference simply book the special stall ticket here and we'll be in touch with arrangements.

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