What Makes a Good Childhood

28th Aug 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

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This event is the latest in the series of I4P’s ‘What Makes A Good Society?’ sessions which are intended to engage the public, professionals and practitioners as well as academics. We last met in Spring 2018 to discuss ‘What Makes a Good University?’ This time we are focusing on childhood and are keen to welcome parents and people who work with children in any capacity. The discussion will be facilitated by one of I4P’s External Advisory Group members, Dr Gideon Calder from Swansea University, who will pose questions such as:

Does a ‘good childhood’ look different from different perspectives – educational, medical, public health-based, psychological and cultural? If so, how do we get those different versions of ‘good’ in order?

What would it mean to think of a ‘good childhood’ from the perspective of childhood itself, rather than the adulthood which follows?

Are we too instrumental in measuring what counts as a good childhood? What would better measures be?

Who is best placed to deem whether a childhood is going well? The child? A parent or carer? A teacher? A health professional?

We will explore how each of these questions matters, when looking for effective and fair ways of promoting children’s well-being.

Dr Gideon Calder

Gideon Calder is a member of the I4P External Advisory Group and he directs the Social Policy programme at Swansea University.  His main interests lie in the relationship between ideals, values and the reality of contemporary social challenges. He works on the relationship between theories, policy and practice, exploring how each informs the other – and on a grander level, how all of this shapes our understanding of social justice and a fair society. He is author or editor of 10 books, 25 refereed journal articles and over 30 book chapters and similar pieces. He has appeared regularly on BBC TV and radio, and in 2017 helped set up Holi: Co-Productive Inquiry in Wales.

Programme 

  • 17.30am Registration and Refreshments
  • 18.00pm Discussion Event
  • 19.00pm Networking

 

PREVIOUS EVENTS IN THE ‘GOOD SERIES’:

28th March 2018

‘What makes a Good University?’

Next in the series of I4P’s ‘What Makes A Good Society?’ sessions which are intended to engage the public, professionals and practitioners as well as academics. Participants were asked to discuss how to influence policy-makers and decision-makers, and what the necessary ingredients for a good university are.

More Information https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/i4p/i4p-28mar-2018/

11th October 2017

‘What Do We Need to Create a Good Society?’ (Part II) A follow up to the successful ‘Good Society’ event we hosted in June where we invited participants to discuss how to influence policy-makers and decision-makers, and what the necessary ingredients for a good society are.

More Information https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/i4p/i4p-public-event-11th-october-2017/

29th June 2017

‘What Do We Need to Create a Good Society?‘ The Webb Memorial Trust This event presents the work of the Webb Memorial Trust and its current project, Social Housing and the Good Society, tackling issues such as poverty and equality in Britain. Together with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and Edge Hill University’s Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P), the Webb Memorial Trust will present the findings of their report and invite participants to discuss how to influence policy-makers and decision-makers, and what the necessary ingredients for a good society are.

More Information https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/i4p/public-event-29th-june-2017/

Related Research: I4P & the Webb Memorial Trust ‘Creating a better informed debate’

The Webb Memorial Trust has pursued the intellectual legacy of Beatrice Webb, who, together with her husband Sydney, embarked on a vigorous programme of social reform.  Since 1987 The Webb Memorial Trust has funded a range of projects in the UK, helping to create a better informed debate about poverty, its causes and solutions.  I4P secured funding in order to research concepts of a Good Society.

More Information: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/i4p/i4p-webb-memorial-trust/

The Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P) is Edge Hill University’s cross-disciplinary research and knowledge exchange initiative established in 2013. The Institute is committed to exploring the opportunities for cross sector collaboration and co-operation and to draw on the experience of practitioners as well as academic researchers to inform new ways of working and learning. To learn more, click here.