This is an external event hosted by DECIPHer.

Join the DECIPHer Zoom forum with Dr Sarah Hamilton, Research, Evaluation and Participation Manager, UNICEF UK

Rights Respecting Schools: What difference does it make?
1 December 2020, 11am to 12pm

To register: Please email Nicola Trigg  ( Contact organiser Ed Janes with any queries (

Notes on the forum:
Across the UK, there are over 3,800 schools with a UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award at bronze, silver or gold levels, including more than 300 in Wales. These schools commit to promoting and protecting children’s rights across the school community. But what difference does that make to children?

This presentation will discuss UNICEF’s efforts to evaluate the impact of the Rights Respecting Schools Award across the UK. Dr Hamilton will present findings from UNICEF data collected from pupils, teachers and parents, and discuss the key gaps in what we know. Dr Hamilton also hopes to present early findings from some case study research to explore how Rights Respecting Schools have used a child rights-based approach in responding to the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Sarah Hamilton is the Research and Evaluation Manager at UNICEF UK. Her focus is on measuring and presenting the impact of its work for children in the UK through its engagement with schools, hospitals and local authorities. Sarah has worked in research and evaluation for various third sector organisations. Prior to joining UNICEF UK, most of her work has been in research on mental health, with a strong focus on participatory research.