The Centre for Childhood Youth and Community is a hub for Community Engagement and Education within the Faculty of Education.
It links the Faculty of Education with work in the community and voluntary sector; playwork and youthwork, Early Years initiatives, out of school projects and with everything involved in developing learning and education throughout lifetimes, across generations.
Our work includes applied research and evaluation; development of Professional Development courses tailored to particular groups of staff or organisations; practitioner research partnerships to develop excellent models of practice. We can undertake desk top research and plan and conduct empirical enquiries into specific issues.
All our work is developed in partnership and we work with an open-minded and critical approach, seeking to uncover new insights that can strengthen practice. In particular we seek to amplify voices and perspectives which are less often heard or taken seriously within current education settings, including those who are regarded as ‘deviant’ or ‘problematic’ in some way. We draw on such research in order to contribute to the reconfiguring of a more just and generous education system for people of all ages and from all backgrounds and communities.
- Work with the Louise DaCaCodia Trust in support of the Getting Ahead Project and Black History Month, focusing on Black Achievement.
- Work with CVAT Oldham and Tameside developing models of Community Development and offering tailored Professional Development courses.
- Developing gender and sexuality conscious work and research about ‘looking after yourself’ in the world on on-line and actual relationships, linked with the Feminist Webs project.
- Work on possible models for Youth and Play Trusts.
- Using narrative and story-telling approaches to generate evidence about learning in informal communities.
- Running the Partispace project, a study across eight European Cities, of young people’s social, cultural and political participation.
The Centre is committed to increasing understanding and improving the lives of children and young people by drawing from a variety of social sciences and connecting with a range of disciplines to reflect on how social groups create differing childhoods and thus different developmental opportunities for children and young people.