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09 March 2009
University research helping to improve the lives of children in all parts of Wales will be on show this week (11th March) to help mark the life of Wales’ first-ever Children’s Commissioner, Peter Clarke.
Peter Clarke, who died in 2007, and his contribution to improving the lives of children as Wales’ first-ever Children’s Commissioner will be celebrated at ‘By Us, For Us, About Us: A Children and Young People’s Festival of Participation in Research’’, a one-day event at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) week-long festival of Social Science, research from across the University will be on display with children encouraged to take part in a series of interactive activities. University academics and researchers will be on hand to help explain and encourage children to interact and contribute to their research work.
Research will also be on display from a number of other Welsh universities, local authorities and voluntary organisations including Shelter Cymru and Funky Dragon.
Key areas of University research on display include:
Pedal Power – investigating the usability of adapted bicycles which will measure improvements in disabled children’s muscle strength and gauge their views on cycling;
Polish children’s experience in British schools – research with Polish children living in Wales and also with those who have returned to Poland;
Being a teenager: relationships, romance and love;
Bringing up Muslim Children – research with Muslim families on the role of religion in the family;
My local outdoors: Risk and safety in public spaces – researching children and young people’s safety and risk in their neighbourhoods and further afield;
Me, myself and I –examining the everyday lives of children in public care through film, photography, writing and groupwork;
Young Carers – exploring the experiences of young carers in Wales.
Children and young people will have the opportunity to explore these research studies through video, games, quizzes and trying out research materials. There will also be a ‘design your own research area’ where young people will have the opportunity to discover how social research is developed and implemented.
Dr Sally Holland, School of Social Sciences, said: "What better way to mark the contribution of Wales’ first Children’s Commissioner, Peter Clarke than to highlight the research that the University and other key organisations are undertaking to improve the lives of children in Wales and the rest of the UK.
"Across the University there are a number of key children’s research projects – helping to improve fitness, helping youngsters through the transition to adulthood as well as helping to improve understanding between different cultures and nationalities.
"More importantly, the day will seek to encourage children to take a more hands-on approach to our research."
The University is organising the event in collaboration with the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales and Children in Wales.
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