Reviewing the EU Rural Development Programme

Sally Shortall (QUB)  & Roisin Kelly (NIA) The current Rural Development Programme (RDP), 2007-2013, is worth £540 million pounds to rural areas in Northern Ireland.  This seminar considers if there are ways of making the RDP more effective.  It considers the importance of the collaborative inclusive LEADER methodology that underpins the RDP for a post-conflict … Read more

Transforming Adult Social Care in Northern Ireland

Dr Ann Marie Gray (UU) Most countries are facing similar challenges with regard to ageing populations and financial pressures on social care.  The need to address major deficits in adult social care policy in Northern Ireland has been recognised and there is an expressed commitment to addressing the over-reliance on residential care and support independent living.  … Read more

Is drinking good for teenagers?

Andy Percy & John Moriarty (QUB) Andy and John present different views on the question of teenage drinking.  John highlights potential harms of an individual’s alcohol use to their peers and family.  To minimise these harms, the best advice for parents and educators may be to discourage any early drinking.  Andy argues that if teenagers … Read more

Dealing with Suicide

Mike Tomlinson (QUB) Suicide rates in Northern Ireland have risen sharply since the late 1990s, contrary to trends in the Republic of Ireland and in England, Scotland and Wales.  This seminar examines a number of explanations for the trend, including evidence that it is linked to the conflict.  The seminar will also discuss the adequacy … Read more

A New Vision for the Education of Children and Young People in Custody

Dr Tracy Irwin & Dr John McCord (UU) Education is a fundamental right of all children and young people and although education within custody is widely accepted as a vital medium for pro-social modelling, rehabilitation and reducing recidivism (Schuller, 2009), the educational opportunities for young people in custody can be limited and basic rights to … Read more

The Custodial Detention of Children and the Youth Justice Review

Dr Una Convery & Dr Linda Moore (UU) This seminar will consider the findings and recommendations relating to the custodial detention of children put forward in ‘A Review of the Youth Justice System in Northern Ireland’, published by the Department of Justice (2011).  It will examine the Youth Justice Review Team’s recommendations within the context … Read more

Forced Labour and the Mushroom Industry in Northern Ireland

Dr. Jennifer Hamilton (UU) This seminar will examine the mushroom industry in Northern Ireland and discuss the issue of forced labour within the sector.  The agricultural sector in the UK is characterised by a declining local or ‘primary’ labour market and an increasing temporary secondary market.  The mushroom industry in general is characterised by intensive … Read more

Human Trafficking: Does Slavery Exist Today

Prof. Jean Allain (QUB) This seminar will consider legal issues surrounding human trafficking.  Consideration will be given to the definition of trafficking, with an emphasis given to types of exploitation (slavery, servitude, forced labour, exploitation of prostitution) enumerated in the UN and European Conventions and in the 2011 EU Directive.  This will set the foundation … Read more

Child Rights Indicators and Reporting on United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child

Marina Monteith & Dr Una O’Connor Bones (UU) The seminar will cover research undertaken by the Children and Youth Programme, UNESCO Centre (IRISS UU), producing a set of child rights indicators to assist reporting in relation to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and which further develops the existing Children and Young … Read more

Child Care Research, youth development, lifestyles and social behaviour; parenting and early years; children in the care of public authorities and mental health and disability

Laura Dunne (QUB) The Institute of Child Care Research conducts original research into child care needs and services using a mix of research methods with the ultimate aim of improving outcomes for children.  The work has the potential to influence both policy and practice related to children and young people.  This presentation will give an … Read more