Cherishing all the children equally?
Monday, 5th December, 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm, Management House, DIT, Aungier St, D 2.
Speaker: James Williams (ESRI)
The seminar consisted of a presentation from James Williams, followed by questions and debate.
James Williams is a Research Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and is Principal Investigator and Co-director of the National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland (NLSCI). Full bio available here.
The Growing Up in Ireland Study has followed the progress of almost 20,000 children across Ireland to collect a host of information to help improve our understanding of all aspects of children and their development.
A recent report from researchers at the ESRI has used this data to provide the first comprehensive analysis of inequalities among children in modern Ireland. The report assembled findings from 10 years of the Growing Up in Ireland study to provide an authoritative description of how factors such as education, family and health in 21st Century Ireland influence children’s outcomes.
The ground-breaking findings from the first longitudinal profile of children in Ireland provide insights into critical points in child development, allowing the authors of the book to investigate if the words in the 1916 Proclamation of Independence, resolving to “…cherish all of the children of the nation equally”, have been realised 100 years on from the Easter Rising.
The book finds that despite many improvements in education, health and socio-emotional outcomes in the last century, children’s wellbeing in contemporary Ireland is largely shaped by parental circumstances and social position, resulting in persistent inequalities. The findings in the book point to implications for public policy that could support families most in need and help children to reach their potential regardless of family circumstances, health or ethnic background.
The seminar will explore these issues and is being delivered by James Williams, Research Professor at the ESRI, one of the authors of the recent report and the Principle Investigator of the Growing Up in Ireland Study.
Slides from the seminar are available here.
The report is available here.
Social Policy in Recession and Recovery
in association with the Social Research Association (SRA).
Friday, 1st July 2016. Carmelite Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.
The last decade has been one of dramatic change for Ireland. Through boom, bust, austerity and recovery, Irish society has experienced challenges, opportunities, successes and failures.Throughout the period, the impact of these experiences has been felt differently by people in different sectors, regions, age groups and socio-economic categories. Given the dramatic nature of these changes, questions arise for all areas of policy, including social policy, as we look back and look forward.
The conference was intended to provide a forum for researchers in social policy and related academic fields. We accepted papers that reflected on the conference theme, however interpreted, and encouraged debate around the following issues:
- Poverty, Inequality and Living Standards
- Housing and Homelessness
- Employment, Unemployment, Work and Migration
- Taxation, Social Security and Welfare Reform
- Gender and Family
- Health, Social Care and Ageing
- The Community and Voluntary Sector
- Public Services/Public Service Reform
- Social Policy and the Justice System
- Basic Income
- Rural Ireland
The conference consisted of an opening plenary, with speakers Michelle Norris (UCD) and Sean O'Riain (Maynooth University), followed by discussion.
This was followed by four periods of break-outs seminars, each with four themed parallel sessions.
We'd like to thank our sponsors: The Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute at DIT, the Irish Gerontological Society, the Nevin Economic Research Institute, Social Justice Ireland, TASC, the School of Social Work and Social Policy at TCD, and particularly the Social Research Association, in association with whom the conference was organised.
The conference programme is available here.
The conference slides are available here.
A full list of the conference abstracts are available here.