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Piecing Together the Jigsaw (Lab 1): How does poverty affect children and young people?

Aedan MacRae

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 from 15:00 to 18:30 (BST)

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What is 'Piecing Together the Jigsaw'?:

The Common Weal together with Edinburgh University is running a project which will attempt to create a coherent and complete understanding of childhood poverty, education and welfare in Scotland. The current picture in Scotland is a fragmented one and the various strands of childhood education and welfare are yet to be pulled together. This project hopes to reconnect these strands as we do not believe adequate solutions can be found in isolation.

How will the project run?:

Our plans are for three Policy Labs, each lasting three hours, leading to a whole-day Conference.  The events will seek to bring together professionals, parents, policy makers, politicians, service providers and young people to better connect research and thinking.  They will seek to bridge across the silos and cul-de-sacs of policy, research and practice to generate consensus on how we go forward.  One major concern is to examine whether current policies and initiatives concerning school attainment, care, early years, early intervention, additional support for learning and ‘wellbeing’ merely act as sticking plasters for much deeper and entrenched inequalities.  

What are we hoping to achieve?:

The aim is to bring together all those with an interest in forming a deeper understanding of the lives of children and young people growing up in poverty, its impact on education, and the contradictory nature of responses including the Attainment Challenge. The policy labs and concluding conference are designed to enhance participatory policy formation and enactment, and create a sound consensus for future developments. 

The First Lab:

This Policy lab will tackle the issue of how poverty affects children and young people. It will consider how young people experience poverty and the ways in which this impacts areas such as health, identity and learning and how these impacts affect the oppurtunities children and young people might have.

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