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What are the opportunities, but also challenges for policymakers when they are involving children?

Wednesday 29 June 2022: 11:00 – 12:30 pm (Irish Time)

On-line, via Zoom

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How can children and young people be meaningfully involved in public policy-making? Our June 2022 COVISION webinar is a critical conversation with leading practitioners and scholars exploring some of the challenges and opportunities that arise.

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Carol Mutch is a Professor of Critical Studies in Education in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. She has been a teacher, teacher educator, policy advisor, researcher and writer. Her current research focuses on the role of schools in crisis contexts, from natural disasters to Covid-19. She is also the Education Commissioner for the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO.

Dr Carmel Corrigan is Head of Participation and Rights Education at the Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO) in Ireland. She worked for a number of public and private research and policy organisations, before spending 18 years as a freelance research consultant specialising in children’s rights, participation, policy and complaints investigation. She has conducted many consultations with children, including those living in direct provision accommodation, and those experiencing family homelessness. 

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Linda O’Sullivan is the Manager of Hub na nÓg, the Department of Children Equality Disability Integration and Youth’s centre of excellence and co-ordination of children and young people’s participation in decision making. She previously worked for many years in education development, child and youth voice, creative technologies and children’s media. She now leads the implementation of the National Participation Framework, engaging with stakeholders, building capacity and ensuring the National Participation Strategy is delivered across government and public services.

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