Children's Rights and Brexit: Perspectives and Prospects

1:00pm - 5:00pm / Wednesday 14th September 2016 / Venue: Eleanor Rathbone Lecture Theatre Eleanor Rathbone Building
Type: Conference / Category: Research
  • Suitable for: This event is free of charge and is open to everyone, particularly those under the age of 18.
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Children did not have a say in the recent decision by the UK electorate to withdraw from the EU. Indeed, children's rights barely featured in the debates leading up to the referendum, and yet it is children who will now bear the full brunt of this devastating decision in the years to come. 

This half day conference will: 

Consider children and young people's views about Brexit

Identify key concerns and priorities relating to the Brexit process

Explore how professionals can work alongside children and young people to ensure their needs are met during the Brexit negotiations 

The conference will involve children and young people, representatives from local and central government, children's rights charities, academics and practitioners and representatives from the Office of the Children's Commissioners. 

Places are free and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. 


12.00-1pm: Registration and light lunch

1-1.30: Welcome and Overview – Helen Stalford, Ciara Brodie and Jake Moran
1.30-1.45: Young people from Summerfield Primary School
1.45-2.10: Michael Freeman – What effect will Brexit have on the development of children’s rights more generally?

2.10-2.30: Open Discussion

2.30-2.45: Break

2.45-3.30: Regional Perspectives
Scotland: Marion Macleod (Children in Scotland)
Northern Ireland: Laura Lundy and Bronagh Byrne(Centre for Children’s Rights, Queen’s University Belfast); Rebecca Connolly
Wales: Simon Hoffman (Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People, Swansea University)
3.30-4.30: Discussion of thematic issues (informed by short presentations from children and young people, practitioners and academics)
Education and Employment (Ciara Brodie)
Welfare and Financial Stability (Jake Moran)
Climate Change and Environment (Caitlin Cavanagh)
Immigration, Asylum and Free Movement (Jo Bezzano)
Child Protection (Helen Stalford)
4.30-5: So where do we go from here?
Engaging Children and young people in the Brexit Process
Engaging with the decision-makers: who and how?
Briefing Notes and other useful sources
Establishing a Children’s Rights Brexit Network across the regions
Mike Jones’ European Road-trip