At the Body Mind and Media Centre for Children and Young People’s Wellbeing, we aim to understand children and young people’s experiences and worlds, to improve policy and practice in media, health and medical care. Taking a children’s rights stance, we invite children, parents and others to share their views and experiences in these domains. We also examine health and media systems and policies that shape these experiences. We develop national and international research, and engage in knowledge exchange and impact activities, including education for all stakeholders.
Our work, and its rights perspective, is often complemented by an appreciative inquiry approach, a strengths-based stance that can work towards reducing moral panics of childhoods by viewing children as experts.
In line with our commitment to hearing children and young people’s views and sharing research findings, we are currently creating a set of OUR VOICES resources, drawing on The Open University’s expertise and in collaboration with our OU sister-centre, the Children’s Research Centre. The resources consist of animations, a website and an OpenLearn free course, all of which explain why and how working with children and young people is of value in the research process.
An OpenLearn Hub of free Body Mind and Media learning resources introduces some of our work.