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Interrogating the boundaries of childhood studies and youth studies: Themes, debates and controversies in research and practice

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10.30 Arrival and Registration

11.00 Opening Plenary Policy and Politics
Sir Al Aynsley Green, former Children’s Commissioner and current President of the B.M.A. and Professor Nigel Thomas Professor of Childhood and Youth Research, Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation, UCLAN Discussant: Professor Lynn Tett

12.30 Lunch

13.15 Paper Sessions

Panel A
‘I’m getting the child’s voice: Do I get their rights?’
Laura Goodfellow, University of Manchester, Institute of Education 

Democracy, democracy and participation: Involving youth or youth voice as separation?
Richard McHugh and Dr Hannah Smithson, MMU 

Children’s voices and participation in technology mediated research
Dr Natalia Kucirkova, MMU

Using Visual Methods to Inform a Mixed Methods Study
Dr Valerie Farnsworth, University of Leeds 

Panel B
Engaging people with autism: tensions between vulnerability and independence
Dr Jacqui Shepherd, University of Sussex 

An exploration of an asset-based approach to the management of diabetes in young people: a qualitative participatory approach
Emma Green, University of East London 

Youth Work at the end of life
Dr Rajesh Patel, MMU 

Toxic Childhood or Toxic Children? Constructing boundaries of childhood and adolescence in Sue Palmer’s parenting books
Jonquil Balcombe, Huddersfield

Love and Professionalism? An engagement with Jools Page on Professional Love in the Early Years
Dr Martin Purcell, Huddersfield   

15.30 Closing Plenary
Boundary-crossings: interdisciplinary work as disruptive force to policy and practices
Professor Brid Featherstone,Professor of Social Work, University of Huddersfield and Professor Rachel Holmes,Professor of Cultural Studies of Childhood, MMU Discussant: Janet Batsleer

16.30 Conclusion

17.00 Close of meeting



BERA offer a limited amount of bursaries for BERA Student Members only.

The Creativity in Education SIG are pleased to extend the following bursaries for this event.

  • Up to 10 bursaries are available for BERA Student Members to the value of £50 towards travel, and complimentary registration for the event.
  • Up to 5 bursaries are available for PGR students based at the University of Huddersfield (you do not need to be a BERA Student Member for this bursary) for complimentary registration for the event.

To apply for one of these bursaries, please email with a 200 word statement on why you want to attend this event. Bursaries are offered on a first come, first served basis. Once approved you will be sent details of how to register online. Travel expenses will be reimbursed after the event in accordance with our travel policies. You must not have previously received bursary funding from BERA in the current year.