Launch of the Stirling Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection

14 Mar ‘16
Children with books

2.00PM - 6.00PM

Venue: Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Stirling Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection at the University of Stirling.  Our vision, consolidated in the inception of the new Centre, is that:

Children at risk of compromised development, in Scotland, and beyond, benefit from research inspired and led by the University of Stirling and from services delivered by professionals educated at the University of Stirling.

The newly established Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection undertakes original research and engages in a range of educational and knowledge exchange activities focused on enhancing the lives of children who are vulnerable to compromised development because of a range of personal, familial and social adversities. The centre brings together internationally recognised experts in social work, child protection, education and maternal and child health. There is expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods, and particular strengths in analysis of large datasets, children’s participation, co-production with practitioners, implementation science and behavioural change.

The Centre will be formally opened by Ms Olivia McLeod, Director of Children and Families, The Scottish Government, who will be representing Ms Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Education and Young People.

Our keynote guest speakers are Professor Marian Brandon, Professor of Social Work and Director of the Centre for Research on Children and Families at the University of East Anglia, and Professor Julie Taylor, Professor of Child Protection, University of Birmingham. 

There will be a presentation by the Children's Parliament. The Children’s Parliament is Scotland’s Centre of Excellence for children’s participation and engagement.  Since 1996, we have worked with children through a creative, rights-based approach that ensures that their experiences, opinions and ideas can influence life at home, in school, in the community, and in the wider social and political landscape.  We believe children should live and grow with dignity and be valued for what they can offer the world. 

There will also be a presentation on the student experience from the University of Stirling, and music from The Big Noise, an orchestra programme that fosters confidence in children and young people.

Further information about the Stirling Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection can be found here: 

There are a limited number of places still available at the launch. Places can be booked via the University's online shop. On the day registration opens from 1.30pm with the programme commencing at 2pm.

Please note: this launch event has changed venue and will now take place in the Stirling Court Hotel at the University of Stirling.

Recordings of the talks (if available), copies of the slides and other information will be made available after the event on the Stirling Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection's website. Please contact for further information about the event.

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