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Children Embracing in Circle

Amplifying children’s voices, creativity and resilience

COVISION Launch, 22 April 2021 

Roderic O'Gorman

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Launching the project, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, TD, said it was important to recognise the contributions that children and young people had made in their communities when faced by the COVID pandemic.

“This project will benefit children and their communities all over the world and it is heartening to see children and young people considered partners in the research, using the benefit of their creativity to co-design the research outputs, just as their creativity impacts and benefits society,” he added.

Professor Fiona Timmins

Dean of Nursing and Head of School

UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems.

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Simon Harris

Min. Harris previously served as Minister for Health in Ireland from May 2016 to June 2020. It was a great honour and privilege as a Principal Investigator of the #COVISION Project to showcase this project focused on "Children as Innovators". This is a global project to help children and their communities around the world adjust to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. Funded by the Health Research Board and the Irish Research Council, the project will explore the creative and innovative ways children have been responding to changes during the pandemic, and how their initiatives may help other children, particularly addressing their sense of safety, calm, hope, self-belief and connectedness. 

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Dr Orla Doyle

Associate Professor

School of Economics

Dr Niall Muldoon

Ombudsman for Children

Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon said: “We want to hear from children and we want their views to be considered by decision-makers.

 

The COVISION research project is an embodiment of this approach, exploring how children have coped, or in many cases not coped, with the COVID-19 pandemic. The importance of their words and their input to this project will be wide-reaching and is something every adult in power should pay heed to.”

The COVISION project aims to learn more about how children have creatively found ways to manage the challenges faced during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Funded by the Health Research Board and the Irish Research Council, the project will explore the creative and innovative ways children have been responding to the changes during and after the pandemic, and how their initiatives may help other children, particularly addressing their sense of safety, calm, hope, self-efficacy and connectedness. In this project, researchers will specifically focus on the active engagement of children, what we can learn from them and how this can be translated and adjusted to other groups within our society on how to deal with the effects of this pandemic.

COVISION in the media:

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Irish Independent
 

UCD launches global project to help children adjust to the challenges of the pandemic

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UCD News
 

UCD spearheads global project to help children adjust to COVID pandemic