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CELCIS Annual Lecture 2019

Thursday 28 February 2019

Powering up the potential of care experienced young people: the role of education, work and adult expectations

The CELCIS Annual Lecture Series invites prominent people to speak about the latest research and evidence, driving a debate about the big issues facing vulnerable children and families. An important date in our events calendar, the lecture encourages time for reflection and discussion so that we can help to improve the lives of children and their families for the better.

This year, our focus is on the worlds of education and work, which offer rich opportunities for young people with care experience as they seek to build their lives and realise their hopes.

The CELCIS 2019 Annual Lecture will explore ways to support the educational and vocational progress of young people while they are in care and after they leave. Drawing on a range of real experiences and research findings, our speakers will make the case for their being a greater imagination in how we offer young people the right mix of educational and work experience opportunities that widen their horizons - from their teenage years onwards.

The lecture will highlight the critical importance of positive expectations from adults in supporting young people on their different pathways to a bright future, acknowledging that this feeds their self-belief.

It will also explore how we can have more flexible understandings of concepts of 'work' and 'education', emphasising how each should be seen as early and complementary pathways. Opportunities in one can reinforce progress in the other, helping to build the confidence, motivation and capacities of all young people.

Our speaker - Robbie Gilligan

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Robbie is a Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin. He is a member of the Board of the European Scientific Association for Residential and Family Care, or INTRAC - the International Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood from Care, and the International Advisory Board of the Institute for Inspiring Children's Futures, at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Robbie has also been a social worker, youth worker, foster carer and board member of residential care centres for children and young people. He has a special interest in children and young people in public care, and how to promote better outcomes for young adults with care experience.

He also serves on the Editorial Boards of the journals: 'Child Abuse and Neglect, Children and Society, Child Indicators Research' and 'International Journal of Child and Family Welfare'.

Who should attend?

The CELCIS Annual Lecture is aimed at:

  • academics and researchers interested in children and families and improving outcomes for young people with care experience
  • local authority directors and heads of service
  • those working in the voluntary sector
  • those working with young people who have care experience as well as young people themselves.

Event details

When: Thurs 28 Feb 2019
Where: Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow
When: 17.30 - 20.00
Cost: Free

Contact Organiser


Michelle McCue
celcis.learning@strath.ac.uk
0141 444 8529

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