ISS21 Research Findings Showcase Day

9 Jun 2015

ISS21 Research Findings Showcase Day:

Towards a Better Understanding of Children’s and Young People’s Lives in Ireland

Monday 29th June 2015 (11.00am - 5.00pm)



CACSSS Seminar Room (G27), O’Rahilly Building (ORB), University College Cork

This event will feature new findings from a range of recent ISS21 research projects on children’s and young people’s lives, in areas such as child and youth participation, children’s beliefs, values and sense of belonging inside and outside of schools, child care proceedings in the District Court, child abuse reports, youth health inequalities, youth work volunteering and children’s experiences of estate regeneration.  

All welcome. Registration is essential. To register for this event go to:



Session 1 (11.00-1.00): Children’s Lives in Local, National and Institutional Contexts

Children and Young People’s Experiences of Participation in Decision-Making At Home, in Schools and in their Communities (Dr. Deirdre Horgan, Dr. Catherine Forde, Dr. Aisling Parkes,  Dr. Shirley Martin, Dr. Linda Mages and Dr. Angela O’Connell)

Children and Housing Estate Regeneration: Unheard Voices (Dr. Cathal O’Connell and Dr. Siobhan O’Sullivan)

Media Power and Child Abuse (Prof. Fred Powell and Dr. Margaret Scanlon)

Children’s Beliefs and Belonging: A Schools and Families Report (Dr Karl Kitching and Dr. Yafa Shanneik)

[Lunch break]

Session 2 (2.00-4.00): Working With and For Children and Young People – Emerging Issues

Child Care Proceedings in the District Court; A Qualitative Analysis of Professional Perspectives (Dr. Conor O’Mahony, Dr. Kenneth Burns, Dr. Aisling Parkes, Dr. Caroline Shore)

Volunteering in Youth Work (Prof. Fred Powell, Dr. Etaoine Howlett, Dr. Pat Leahy and Dr. Margaret Scanlon)

Health Inequalities and Young People in Ireland: A Review of the Literature (Dr. Elizabeth Kiely, Dr. Patricia Leahy Warren and Dr. Elizabeth Weathers)

Young People as Social Actors: Children and Young People’s Perspectives on the Impact of Participation in DCYA Initiatives (Dr. Shirley Martin, Dr. Catherine Forde, Dr. Audrey Dunn Galvin and Dr. Angela O’Connell)  



Launch of two new reports

The event will be followed by the launch of two new reports by cluster members:

Health Inequalities and Young People in Ireland: A Review of the Literature, a Report of the National Youth Council of Ireland, produced by Dr. Elizabeth Kiely, Dr. Patricia Leahy Warren and Dr. Elizabeth Weathers.

Children's Beliefs and Belonging: A Schools and Families Report from the 'Making Communion' study by Dr. Karl Kitching and Dr. Yafa Shanneik (funded by the Irish Research Council)

All welcome.



The research presented at this event has been funded by the Irish Research Council, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, National Youth Council of Ireland, and the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences UCC.



For any further queries contact: Dr. Caitriona Ni Laoire (ISS21) at and Dr. Elizabeth Kiely (ISS21 Children and Young People Cluster Co-ordinator) at



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