Lecture: Lost in Transition: young people, disability and the criminal justice system

Monday, 3 October 2016 from 5-7pm, 70 Oxford St - 70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH

MCYS are hosting a public lecture in collaboration with Associate Professor Leanne Dowse from the University of New South Wales on 3rd October, 2016.

Associate Professor Leanne Dowse will be speaking about her work around young people, disability and the criminal justice system. This will be followed by a panel discussion including lead policy makers from the Department for Education (DfE) and the Youth Justice Board (YJB).

Leanne's talk will draw attention to the fact that there is significant and growing concern in the global North at the social exclusion and criminalisation of some young disabled people. An emerging body of evidence suggests that this group figure significantly in policing, justice and correctional settings, both as victims and as offenders. Their trajectories into the criminal justice system typically begin early and, in the absence of an effective social care response, continue throughout their lives.

This lecture will explore the ways in which these young people’s experiences interlock in complex ways across compounding impairment, histories of victimization, early and persistent social disadvantage, placement in out of home care, early educational disengagement, precarious housing and substance misuse. Multiple poorly supported transitions within and between systems of social care are also a hallmark of their experience.

Drawing on the challenges identified in the Australian experience, discussion will centre on the effects of limited systemic capacity to recognise and respond to these complex needs in exacerbating vulnerability for this group, whose care and containment are often defrayed to the criminal justice system as the key system of response. Pathways for effective and targeted prevention and support are highlighted.

The panel discussion will draw on both a UK and Australian context and will link with current research being carried out by MCYS in partnership with Achievement for All (AfA) and the Association of YOT Managers (AYM) for the DfE.

This will be followed by a drinks reception.

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Youth of Today: What it means to be young in Manchester

On Saturday 14th November, 2015 the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS) invited young people from across Manchester to an interactive event to consult on what it is like to be young in Manchester today. The event took place at Z-Arts. The event sought to highlight the complexity of young people’s lives in ways, which contest negative stereotypes of their behaviour, both in contemporary society and historically.

The event was part of the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science and aimed to highlight contemporary experiences of what it is like to be young. The event offered local young people aged 15 to 18 years a chance to express issues they may face, as well as, equally importantly, offer solutions to challenges in their lives.

Manchester Centre for Youth Studies and Manchester Children’s Book Festival Event: Youth in Crisis?

On 14th May, 2016 the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS) invited young people from across Manchester to an interactive event to generate the opportunity to discuss their ideas, feelings and observations on the question of ‘is youth in crisis?’ The event explored the lived experience of young people, allowing for an opportunity to challenge popular misconceptions of youth.

The event was a trailblazer event as part of the Manchester Children’s Book Festival (MCBF) and facilitated an opportunity for young people from Manchester to discuss, debate and create new understandings of the question of youth in crisis. The event offered local young people aged 13 to 18 years a chance to express issues they may face, as well as, equally importantly, offer solutions to challenges.

This exciting event was facilitated through the use of performance poetry facilitated by local performance poets from Manchester’s very own Wordsmiths and Young Identity groups. As if that was not enough! Nationally renowned young people’s author Alex Wheatle, author of ‘Brixton Rocks’ also worked with the young people throughout the day in creating poetry and other literary forms that were later performed at a follow up event at Manchester Central Library that was held on Saturday July 2nd 2016.

'Politics of Widening Participation' and Book Launch for 'Making Youth'

Please join us on 18th July 2016 from 5pm-7.30pm in the Benzie Building 403, BZ403, followed by a drinks reception at the Benzie Roof Garden.

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BSA Youth Study Group Research Development Workshop for Research Students and Early Career Researchers

10am - 4pm, 28th April 2016, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University

In collaboration with the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies.

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Mates, Mischief and Make-Believe: Children’s Peer Cultures, Past and Present

Mates, Mischief and Make-Believe10am -5pm, Friday 1st April 2016

The first workshop in a series of cross-disciplinary events, exploring aspects of children and young people’s cultures and agency.

How do children shape their own understanding of the world around them? Children’s lived experience, agency and cultures, especially in the past, are often seen and not heard - or at least not heard from their own perspectives. As historians pursue what ‘childhood’ meant to children, how can models and approaches drawn from modern childhood studies be usefully adopted? And how can the study of children in the past enrich our understanding of influences on children and how they engage with their physical and social environment?

This workshop is the first in a series at MMU exploring children’s agency in shaping their own cultures. The programme brings together scholars and practitioners in the historical and archaeological disciplines, social sciences, theatre and literature, and education, with a view to future collaborative work. The theme of this first workshop is children’s peer cultures.

Register by 20th March with Dr April Pudsey

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Young Voices: The Active Engagement of Young People

10am-3.30pm, 25th June 2015

MCYS invites you to a FREE methods-based workshop. This event is open to academics, practitioners, and local youth organisations.

There will be five interactive sessions, each led by a different presenter:

  • Gary Buxton (Young Advisors, Peer Research)
  • Andrew Clark (University of Salford, Visual Methodologies)
  • Natalie Walton (Freelance Arts Consultant, Art and Creative Methods)
  • Joanne Tippett (Ketso, Hands-on kits for Creative Engagement)
  • Katherine Runswick-Cole (Manchester Metropolitan University, Creative Methodologies)

The day will conclude with a short Q&A session, based on the day’s activities. We hope you’ll join us to share our experiences and ideas.

It's free to attend, but please register for catering purposes:

S.O.P.H.I.E. (Stamp Out Prejudice, Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere)

In April this year, MCYS will host Sylvia Lancaster at a free public talk.

In this talk, Sylvia Lancaster (The Sophie Lancaster Foundation) speaks from a completely personal perspective, with honesty, about her daughter’s murder, the trial and the work of the Foundation that was established in Sophie’s name.

Following the murder of her “goth” daughter Sophie in 2007, Sylvia Lancaster, an experienced youth worker, established the Sophie Lancaster Foundation Charity, whose aims are to create a lasting legacy to Sophie through education and campaigning for the UK Hate Crime legislation to include alternative subcultures.

Please register here.

‘Being Young during World War One’

This international conference examines the effects of the First World War on children and young people, and its social and psychological legacies.

Growing up in a period of conflict had an immense impact on the young. There were deep fears and anxieties, but also freedoms and opportunities. For some, the costs were relationships traumatised by separation and the death or injury of family members and friends. For others, school lives were disrupted, adult supervision relaxed and wages rose as a result of labour shortage. Some were caught up in the military excitements of war and enlisted as boy soldiers; others protested and took part in strike action. The image of the child became a potent figure in propaganda and patriotic parades and performances, while war themes became a popular theme in juvenile literature.

This conference encourages papers and contributions which reflect the flourishing scholarship of the past two decades on youth and childhood during the First World War.  All disciplines welcome.

Please send abstracts of up to 300 words, along with a short biography, to Dr Fiona Cosson: by 30th April 2015. Download the Call for Papers.

To find out more, please visit the conference website.

Conference Organisers: Professor Melanie Tebbutt, Dr Fiona Cosson, Dr Marcus Morris, Dr Rebecca Andrew and Dr Sam Edwards at Manchester Metropolitan University.

This conference is supported by the Manchester Centre for Regional History and the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University, and organised as part of the AHRC World War One Centre: Voices of War and Peace, based at the University of Birmingham, UK.