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Making Liverpool a Child-Friendly City - How can we build upon what key partners are already doing?

Friday 21 May, 11am - 1pm via Zoom. 

This is the second online multi-sectoral event exploring how individuals, organisations and services across the city work together to transform Liverpool into a city that actively and positively promotes children's rights and wellbeing.

In this event, we invite organisations and services to reflect on the range of initiatives they may already have in place relating to children, and to consider how these could be improved on and prioritised to respond to the aims and values of the Child Friendly City programme.

Register for the event on Eventbrite.

Find out more about the Child-Friendly City project and watch videos from the Showcase event that took place in November 2020.

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Lives on Hold, Our Stories Told: Examining the Impact of Covid-19 on young unaccompanied asylum seekers legal, social and welfare rights

Monday 29 March, 6.30 - 7.30pm via Zoom. 

This project is a collaboration between young asylum seekers and the Albanian support charity, Shpresa, and the Universities of Liverpool, Southampton and UCL. It will run until July 2022 and involves in-depth consultation with young asylum seekers (aged 16-25) and legal and welfare practitioners. This launch event will provide an opportunity to see how young people have been involved in all stages of the research process to ensure their views and experiences are central to the project. 

Register for the event via Eventbrite.

Read more about the project here.

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Shaping Liverpool as a Child Friendly City: Research Showcase Event

This event took place on Friday 20 November 2020, 10am-12.30pm via Zoom

In March 2019, Liverpool City Council began working towards becoming a UNICEF Child Friendly City. This involves undertaking and implementing a number of commitments to ensure that children's rights are reflected in laws, policies, programmes and budgets at the local level. This is a major opportunity to improve the life chances, health and well-being of children across the city, and involves partners from a range of public services (local authorities, teachers, health care professionals, police, fire service, social workers, early years education), civil society organisations, businesses, transport as well as further and higher education institutions.

The University of Liverpool is a key partner in this endeavour. It will leverage its expertise in multiple areas of research relevant to children and harness its links with the children's sector locally and nationally. Strong collaborative links have also been developed internally, across all three Faculties, with over 150 research active staff conducting research on issues relevant to children and childhood.

The University has prioritised research relating to children as part of its Starting Well, Living Well, Ageing Well theme, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has adopted Children and Childhood as one of its core research themes.

This event will provide researchers from across the University of Liverpool and from other universities in the city with an opportunity to present research that could inform efforts to transform Liverpool into a child friendly city. It will involve a series of very short presentations around three questions:

  • How is my research relevant to children in Liverpool?
  • How can my research inform efforts to make Liverpool a child friendly city
  • What steps could be taken to transpose my research findings into concrete action and impact at local level?

Presentations will provide the basis for cross-disciplinary discussion and planning, with a view to developing a series of Child Friendly City Research Briefings, identifying avenues for further research, and exploring possibilities for enhanced cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration.

Programme - Child Friendly City Research Showcase

To find out more and to register for the event, please visit the Shaping Liverpool as a Child Friendly City: Research Showcase Event Eventbrite Page

Past event highlights

Thirty Years of Children's Rights Scholarship: Taking Stock and Thinking Ahead

20-21 June 2019 | London UK

University of Liverpool in London Campus, 33 Finsbury Square London, Seminar Room 12

This conference will provide an opportunity for children's rights scholars from across the globe to reflect on developments in children's rights scholarship since the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It will cover a range of issues, including juvenile justice, education, family relationships, child participation, health and well-being, poverty and immigration. Discussions will be informed by a series of short reviews by leading and up-and-coming scholars from across the world who will reflect on key theoretical, empirical and methodological contributions to children's rights research over the past three decades. This will help to reveal gaps in knowledge and identify opportunities and priorities for further scholarship.

IJCR UNCRC 30th Anniversary Conference Programme

Registration for the conference is now open. Please visit the online store to book your place. 

7th Children’s Rights Research Symposium

Children’s Rights Research at 30: Reflections, Challenges and Opportunities, 15-17 December 2019 | Liverpool, UK

The European Children’s Rights Unit at the University of Liverpool is pleased to host the 7th Children’s Rights Research Symposium (CRRS). In keeping with the five prior symposia (Liverpool 2013, Cork 2014, Antwerp 2015, Leiden 2016, Geneva 2017, and Belfast 2018), the event invites doctoral candidates and supervisors from different universities and disciplines (law, sociology, education, anthropology, psychology, history) to come together to explore and develop research related to children’s rights.

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Call for papers

Should Shemima Bagum be Stripped of her British Citizenship?

Insights from Legal Research Panel discussion | Thursday 28 February 2019 | Liverpool, UK

This was a cross cluster panel discussion hosted by academics working in the field of children's rights, immigration law, international criminal law, and international human rights.

The free event featured a panel of eight academics and a packed out lecture theatre of staff, students and interested members of public.

Find out more and read the discussion notes from some of the presentations: