Working with Children and Young People Conference 2016

Floella & team

Careers and Employability, Institute of Education and Institute of Health & Society have again collaborated to run a successful Working with Children & Young People Conference. The aim was to help students explore a range of graduate opportunities with at risk children and young people, identify their next steps and explore their professional identity.

We had some inspirational key notes speakers in Baroness Floella Benjamin. OBE, DL and Karyn McClusky, Director of Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, as well as key contributions from colleagues in the field representing organisations such as Action for Children, CAMHS, Concern Univeral, YOS and WCC.

In Floella’s session ‘Childhood last a lifetime’, she shared some of her childhood memories of moving from Trinidad to London, as well as her experiences as children’s presenter, actor and writer, to talk about the influence of childhood on later life, and how we as a society can respond to childhood. She said to the group ‘you stand for everything I believe. That is everything should be fun, stimulate children, and help them cope with the ever changing world.’

Karyn’s session ‘It’s a bit more complicated than that…’gave a compelling and hard hitting account of street violence in Glasgow and the factors impacting on the lives of offenders from birth, to illustrate the cyclical nature of offending behaviours and the need for early intervention.

Feedback showed that both staff and students found the conference rewarding and challenging, so many thanks to all who attended with your excellent contributions.

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