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Seminars and events

Seminars and events

Our seminar series aims to inspire and inform, as well as provide a space for discussion. We usually host 3 or 4 seminars each year, related to the themes and values of the CRC. We welcome suggestions for speakers from within the OU as well as from relevant groups at other institutions.


Forgotten families: Exploring children, young people and family experiences when a parent/carer is imprisoned

CRC online seminar Thursday 23rd March 2023

The Open University CRC research team- Dr Victoria Cooper, Professor Jane Payler and Dr Stephanie Bennett are joined by Lia Palios-Hayden (YSS) and Sergeant Russ Massie (Thames Valley Police) as they share their findings from two projects focused on children and young people’s experiences of parental imprisonment.


Empowering Children: A Framework for Observation and Reflection

CRC seminar, 17th january 2023

Dr Natalie Canning, The Open University launches the new digital ‘Empowerment Framework’ which enables children’s empowering behaviours to be observed and reflected upon to support their ongoing learning and development.

Keynote speaker:

Dr Natalie Canning Open University


Better together - Participatory Research with Children and Young People

CRC seminar, 29th November 2022

Keynote speakers:

Dr Sarah McGeown - University of Edinburgh
Dr Victoria Cooper - The Open University
Julie Wiggins and Samantha Palmeria - Practitioner Researchers


My voice, my research: Listening to home educated young people

CRC seminar, 26th January 2022

Keynote speakers:

Dr Amber Fensham - Smith Open University
Fadoua Govaerts - Bath University


‘Critical Conversations: Children and Young people at the heart of research’

CRC seminar, November 11th 2021

Keynote speakers:

Dr Natalie Canning Open University
Meera Chudasama Oakgrove School


‘On the edge: Exploring challenges and inequalities through children’s life stories and experiences in different contexts’

CRC seminar, June 23rd 2021

In this third seminar of 2021 hosted by The Open University's Children's Research Centre we examine two different projects with children at the heart of the research process. We consider the way in which organisations can support vulnerable children through research and participatory approaches to understand and enhance opportunities for empowerment of children and young people.

Keynote Speakers:

Jiniya Afroze, CLARISSA Country Coordinator, Terre des hommes, Bangladesh
Sendrine Constant, Head of Child Protection, Terre des hommes, Switzerland
Michael Boampong, Lecturer in Childhood and Youth Studies at The Open University

‘Children aged 0-11 and COVID-19: A Conversation Event’

CRC and Swansea University Conversation Event, June 3rd 2021

Keynote speakers' presentations:

Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales


Carol Robinson, Professor of Children's Rights, Edge Hill University

'Growing from within: Hearing children’s voices: Opportunities, challenges and impact'

CRC seminar, March 31st 2021

Clare Brumpton, Head of Research Centre, International School of London and Eleonora Teszenyi andNatalie Canning, The Open University discuss the different ways in which we hear children’s voices through innovative and stimulating projects with children at the heart of the research process.