10:00 - 12:30
Prof David Taylor-Robinson, Co-lead of the Children, young people and families research programme will be speaking about how health inequalities and poverty has an impact on children’s health.
The event, hosted by Liverpool University is taking place on Friday 20 November to coincide with World Children’s Day.
In March 2019, Liverpool City Council began working towards becoming a UNICEF Child Friendly City. This involves undertaking and implementing a number of commitments to ensure that children’s rights are reflected in laws, policies, programmes and budgets at the local level. This is a major opportunity to improve the life chances, health and well-being of children across the city, and involves partners from a range of public services (local authorities, teachers, health care professionals, police, fire service, social workers, early years education), civil society organisations, businesses, transport as well as further and higher education institutions.
This event will provide researchers from across the University of Liverpool and from other universities in the city with an opportunity to present research that could inform efforts to transform Liverpool into a child friendly city. It will involve a series of very short presentations around three questions:
• How is my research relevant to children in Liverpool?
• How can my research inform efforts to make Liverpool a child friendly city
• What steps could be taken to transpose my research findings into concrete action and impact at local level?
Presentations will provide the basis for cross-disciplinary discussion and planning, with a view to developing a series of Child Friendly City Research Briefings, identifying avenues for further research, and exploring possibilities for enhanced cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration.
10:00 – 10:15 – Welcome and setting the scene
10:15 – 10:45 – Healthy Children
- Is walking to school enough to prevent childhood obesity?
- Serious complications of Childhood Obesity & the urgent need for Prevention
- Understanding the determinants and impact of adolescent substance use
10:45 – 11.30 – Equal and Included Children
- The impact of cuts to local government spending on Sure Start centres on childhood obesity
- Inequalities and advocacy: Poverty is a key driver of the UK’s dismal performance on child health
- Children and Young People with SEND: Experiences from Liverpool
11:30 – 12:15 – Making Liverpool a Place for Children
- Creating a Child Friendly Urban Environment
- Safeguarding Children through Evidenced Based Policing of Online Child Sexual Abuse Offenders
- Why investing in children’s rights saves money
12:15 – 12:30 – Child Friendly City
- Some challenges of Child Friendly City and working together to overcome them
- Next steps and priorities for action