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Staying in front of developments: Child and Family Studies

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Posted on Thursday, 21 November 2013 at 9am
by Lifelong Learning Centre Staff.
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Our Child and Family Studies programme management and teaching team believe passionately that the curriculum of all our Child and Family courses must be constantly updated to remain relevant and have high currency in the context of the changing nature of the workforce. This approach reflects our core programme themes which include research-led teaching, employability, ethics and responsibility and directly links to our approach to teaching which merges professional practice, policy, theory and research.

The Child and Families Studies team are engaged in a whole range of activities that support this constantly changing approach to course development. The following are a couple of examples which support our innovative approach to teaching:

  • Liz Chennells, the Programme Manager, is an active member of a local research network. A recent conference, Children and Young People in Challenging and Vulnerable Circumstances, brought together leading academics from the fields of social care, education, and broader social sciences to engage in current debates around working with vulnerable children.
  • Our Child and Family Studies team are key players in a conference series, of significance both nationally and internationally, looking at approaches to working with vulnerable families of collaborations. The English leg of this series, which also covers Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, will be held at Leeds Met Rose Bowl in September 2014. The conference will bring together international researchers, leaders from schools and broader children and young people’s services and practitioners to consider exemplary practice when working with the most disadvantaged vulnerable families at a time of austerity. The conference series will conclude with a seminar to be held in Paris at the UNESCO offices after which a book will be produced, drawing together the new knowledge that will emerge from this international collaboration.

Categories: Child and Family Studies