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December 5, 2019

What can we learn from research about the pathways between care and custody for girls and women? Our team considered this question in a recent review of the literature to inform our ‘Disrupting the Routes between Care and Custody’ project. Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, our project is led by Lancaster University in collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Bristol.

There is nothing inevitable about care-experienced girls and women coming into contact with the criminal justice system. We know many children in c...

December 5, 2019

Screen-based devices (smartphones, tablets, computers) are now an ever-present part of our lives. Young people in particular use them for many daily activities, including school work, socialising, music, shopping…

Alongside this surge in screen use, mental health statistics suggest that increasing numbers of young people are suffering from mental ill health, particularly anxiety and depressive disorders (1). This recent survey estimated that, in England in 2017, 10% of girls and 6% of boys aged 5 to 19 years had an emotional disorder like anxiet...

November 22, 2019

The good news is that smoking among children in the UK is declining, but the bad news is that lots of children do still smoke, and this means they are at increased risks for lots of serious diseases. Childhood and adolescence is an important time for lots of reasons and one of those is that we know that this is when the majority of people take up smoking. Few studies have used national data to assess what are the factors associated with children and adolescents taking up smoking, which is important to know so that we can work to reduce this.


November 8, 2019

A collaboration between Welsh Government, Local Government, Third Sector Support Wales and the NHS in Wales is bringing information together from Dewis Cymru, Infoengine and the NHS Direct Wales resource directories to create a single, offline App for frontline professionals across Wales.

The new App – ‘Health and Well-being Wales’ is available to registered users with ‘whitelisted’ e-mail addresses and provides access to service details and contact information for over 10,500 local and national organisations, community groups and services.

No in...

October 28, 2019

Are you a teacher, youth worker or academic who has been inspired by the story of AGENDA: A young people’s guide to making positive relationships matter and put it to work in your setting? If so, we would love to hear from you. Professor Emma Renold and colleagues behind the AGENDA resource are currently seeking participants for a research project assessing its reach and impact.

Co-created with young people for young people, AGENDA started out as a bi-lingual, 75-page activist resource to address gender-based and sexual violence. Since 2016 AGEN...

October 24, 2019

People most likely to be affected by research are often those least likely to participate in research, and inappropriate research methods can be an additional barrier to effective and meaningful participation (Cargo & Mercer, 2008). Moreover, there are many research questions that require innovative approaches to evoke real and meaningful responses and emphatic understanding of the ways in which other people experience their worlds. For example, creative approaches may help us better understand how people experience the health service and can h...

October 7, 2019

Social media is surrounded by ethical dilemmas and ongoing questions in Social Work practice. To find out more about this I am conducting a survey as part of my Masters research dissertation in Social Work at Cardiff University.

The survey is a very short 5 minute online questionnaire, looking at social media use in Social Work.  It asks questions in relation to how professionals are using social media, and examines some of the ethical dilemmas social media creates.

The questionnaire offers the opportunity for participants to highlight how they f...

October 7, 2019

Listening to and learning from children about RSE

Relationships and sexuality education (RSE) is changing in Wales. These changes couldn’t come soon enough given the gap between children and young people’s lived experiences and the content of much RSE provision (Renold and McGeeney 2017).

Indeed, schools are key sites to learn from and respond to children’s evolving ideas, questions and needs on a range of RSE issues. However, there are very few resources for educators on how to listen with and learn from children and young people about what matt...

Accessing the outdoors environment to support 11 youngsters build their confidence and self-esteem was the aim of the Team Around the Family (TAF) Pembrokeshire, recently over two action packed days.

DAY 1 at the beautiful Broadhaven beach; a scenario of being shipwrecked on a deserted beach was set and our challenges for the day were based around survival and problem solving.

  • Construct a giant SOS message on the sand that could be seen from the air.

  • Discover and identify 10 rock pool creatures.

  • Construct shelter and build a campfir...

September 13, 2019

There is ongoing debate about whether eating disorders are more common in modern society. Some say that as young people are both exposed to and share images of themselves in an unprecedented way on social media today, this affects their body image and may have an impact on their eating too. Others suggest that social media can help eating disorder recovery by providing platforms for people to talk about their experiences and treatment. So which one is correct?

We know that rates of eating disorders are high. According to a la...

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