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Childhood on the move

This event has now been postponed. To be kept updated on when this will be reschedule for, please email

Please join us for the BERA Children and Childhood special interest group one-day conference. This one-day event will bring together academics, practitioners, teachers, policy makers, students and those interested in global childhood experiences to engage critically in debates around Childhoods on the Move.

We want to encourage critical debate from a practitioner, philosophical, political, therapeutic and educational perspective and we will be exploring the experiences of Refugees, International Adoptees and Third Culture Kids amongst others groups during this research and practice focused day.

Come and join us as we discuss language acquisition and maintenance, transitions, grief and loss, secular ethics and wellbeing, trauma and mental health, education and schools and the implications for practitioners. 


09.00 Registration, tea and coffee
09.30 Welcome and Introductions
Joy O’Neill and Chrissy Mangafa
09.45 Hope beyond Conflict
Professor Martin Parsons, Research Fellow University of Reading, Associate Director at the Centre for Learning Behaviour at the University of Northampton, Co-Founder Beyond Conflict
10.30 Tea and coffee break
11.00 Creating compassion schools: the potential of social-emotional learning in wellbeing and academic attainment
James Slattery, Executive Director Compassion Matters, Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion, University of Oxford
11.50 Transition, grief and loss in adopted and cared for children
Shellee Burroughs, (HCPC) Art Psychotherapist & TCK Specialist BA(Hons), DVATI, PGDip, MA
12.40 Lunch
14.20 Tea and coffee break
14.50 Implications for Professional Practice when working with Children on the Move: A Parental, Research and Educational Psychologist Perspective
Dr Pascale Paradis, Educational Psychologist and Lecturer Monash, University Australia
15.40 Completion of evaluation forms
15.45 Summary and conclusions of the day
Joy O’Neill and Chrissy Mangafa
16.00 Close of meeting