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Childhood and Youth Studies

Childhood and Youth Studies

Contributing to realising children and young people’s human rights through research, teaching, policy and practice in childhood and youth studies

Author: CYS

Image for the blog What Remains Following the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill Reference Judgment

Reading Time: 3 minutes The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill (UNCRC Bill) passed through Scottish Parliament by a unanimous vote on 16 March 2021. The highly anticipated legislation represented the culmination of a long-running campaign by children’s rights advocates to legalize the full schedule of children’s rights outlined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Image: An arrangement of wooden figures representing children and adults, some coloured.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Children and young people have the right to be involved in decisions that affect them. This is a basic human right, underlined by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). It is thus morally the right thing to do. But, further, we also have ever increasing evidence that it leads to better decision-making and better outcomes for children and young people, whether that is in family law when contact between parents and children are contested or in designing policy on domestic abuse.

Promoting social entrepreneurship through participatory arts and music with young people in times of pandemic in Colombia

Reading Time: 2 minutes In all corners of the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected young people’s education, employment, mental health and disposable income, particularly for those young people previously disadvantaged by complex inequalities and marginalisation. In low- and middle-income countries like Colombia, the population has experienced the pandemic’s impacts even more strongly and the crisis has aggravated existing socio-economic inequalities.

SIPP in Brazil

Reading Time: 3 minutes In Brazil the project exists in two communities, our main community Rocinha in the city of Rio de Janeiro and Jardim Catarina which is a comparison community in the city of São Gonçalo both in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Both of them suffer from severe poverty.

Featured image of Emotional Resilience and the Novice Researcher

Reading Time: 2 minutes Since February 2021, when I first began my PhD journey, I have soaked up every seminar, training session and online tutorial that will help equip me for the next six years ahead. Generally these arenas provide guidance and tips, but the fourth seminar series from the CYSRG stood out by encouraging me to reflect and examine what part ‘Emotional Resilience’ will play in my career as a PhD researcher.

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Reading Time: 2 minutes 2020 was a year of significant challenges for leaders around the world. Our goal was to bring a like-minded cohort of peers together to share common challenges and create innovative solutions to violence prevention during COVID. Tailored around the participants, the LDP offered 10 weeks of bite-sized, peer-supported virtual learning.

Featured image of the blog Introducing Vrygrond

Reading Time: 2 minutes The South African partner community is Vrygrond, 20 kilometers from Cape Town central. Vrygrond or ‘free ground’, was one of the first informal settlements in South Africa.

Featured image of Launch of the Early Childhood Education in Fragile Settings SIPP blog series

Reading Time: 2 minutes Early childhood education has increasingly been recognised as a societal priority. We know from research that children can be seriously disadvantaged when they – and their communities – face such factors as discrimination, violence, and poverty.

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Reading Time: 3 minutes … sport has played an important role in all societies and acted as a strong communication platform that can be used to promote a culture of peace. It is, and will continue to be, one of the most cost-effective and versatile tools to promote United Nations values and achieve the SDGs. (United Nations n.d)

Featured image of obesity_Ending children's stigma

Reading Time: 3 minutes Author: Cecilia Prieto, PhD researcher in Population Health Sciences Every 4th of March we commemorate the international World Obesity Day. The prevalence of being overweight and obesity in children has become a serious public health problem in countries worldwide (World Health Organisation [WHO], 2018). Even though obesity has many causes (e.g., individual, environmental, among others), […]


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