Child First participation and co-production in youth justice

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Dr Sean Creaney and Dr Samantha Burns will discuss barriers and facilitators to Child First participation and co-production in youth justice

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Child First puts children’s priorities, interests and their emotional health and wellbeing needs at the forefront of service design and delivery. It is a rich and powerful concept, which has the potential to further transform adult-led approaches and supervision, igniting a commitment to co-creating practice with children. This is based on the importance of organisational strategies and interventions principally focused on encouraging children’s meaningful participation throughout assessment processes, intervention planning and supervision.

In addition, insights from co-production can crucially help to shift power within relationships to maximise children’s voice and influence how they receive services. This intention can be realised through viewing children as capable and knowledgeable experts and repositioning the role of professionals into a facilitator of participation and co-learner.

In this engaging and interactive CYCJ webinar, Dr Sean Creaney and Dr Samantha Burns explain and discuss the barriers and facilitators to Child First participation and co-production in youth justice. They explore how professionals can further break with adult-centric practices. Dr Creaney and Dr Burns will offer a rich and insightful account of the steps required to execute more transformative participation with children, to ensure their voices are at the foreground of decision-making processes.

There will be opportunities for delegates to ask questions, share observations and offer perspectives on the extent and nature of participatory approaches in child and youth justice services.

Details will be sent out to registered delegates 24 hours in advance of this event. Please note that it is not possible to join via EventBrite.

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Dr Sean Creaney is a Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour at Edge Hill University. Sean is a founder Advisory Board member of social justice charity Peer Power. Sean’s primary research interests are youth justice and children’s participation, particularly the promotion of Child First approaches and participatory rights discourses. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Safer Communities journal (Emerald).

Dr Samantha Burns is a Lecturer of Criminology at Durham University with particular interests in youth justice and rights based, participatory approaches. Samantha is also currently Deputy Chair for the NAYJ and an advisory board member at Peer Power. Previous work has involved conducting several evaluation projects including the Youth Commission on police and crime model and the Newcastle parent infant psychotherapy (NEWPiP) approach. Samantha is also currently conducting research to understand children and young people’s adverse life experiences as part of a wider project funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and planning to co-design new interventions to improve outcomes for children, young people, and families and informing policy in health, social care, education, and criminal justice sectors.

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