Our Local Coordinators are key to our place based approach, helping to solve some of the concerns that local children and young people raise during both formal research workshops, and our informal conversations we have in the communities we work within. Learning from Capabilities In anticipation of the formal capabilities research work, Iain Corbett, our… Continue reading From Voices to Action: Keep Drumchapel Tidy
At CNS, we spent the first months of our research period developing a capabilities-based research model for our work with children and young people. The ‘Children’s Voice’ model supports young people in exploring how they define wellbeing - and what helps or hinders them to achieve it. It’s important that our model is fun, accessible and stimulating for… Continue reading Children’s Voice: A research model for youth voice
Dr Jenny Wood (A Place in Childhood) and Dr Maureen McBride of Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland (University of Glasgow) Last month (4th May 2021), Policy Scotland convened a roundtable with the aim of bringing together policymakers and researchers who work with and for children and young people, both in and beyond child-focused services. The hope was… Continue reading Hearing Children’s Voices in Policymaking: Lessons for the new Scottish Government policy roundtable
This week marked a whole year since we entered a national ‘lockdown’ for the very first time. The emergency restrictions placed on our everyday lives in response to coronavirus have seen working from home, social distancing and wearing a mask become part of our ‘new normal’. While limiting the spread of the virus – these… Continue reading Lockdown legacies: Let’s stop the spread of inequality
Professor Chris Chapman (Principal Investigator, CNS), and Dr Sarah Weakley (Research Associate, CNS) recently contributed a blog to the International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO) website. On the topic of schools re-opening, Professor Chapman and Dr Weakley discussed Scotland's phased-return approach, set to commence on Monday 22 February. This will see in-person learning restart for 'early… Continue reading Reflections from Scotland: What’s the best way to reopen schools safely?
With lockdown in place due to COVID-19, there are so many unknowns in front of us. It has been key to look at examples from other countries in order to consider what might happen in Scotland post-lockdown.
“How do you work in a place-based way when you can’t be in the place?” We've been pondering this question since March. Our Director put this to the team as the COVID-19 crisis and restrictions began to unfold... New approaches to place-based working The last few months have seen life as we all know it change in… Continue reading Can ‘place-based’ work continue at a distance?
Our aim at Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland is to find ways of bringing people, partners and services together, in order to tackle the big issues currently making it difficult for children and young people to live happy and healthy lives. The big, big issue at the moment – for everyone - is undoubtedly the outbreak of… Continue reading The Capabilities Approach: ‘A Family of Theories’
Over the last six months, CNS have been working with young people in Clydebank, training them as co-researchers in utilising the Capabilities approach. Here, Victoria Bianchi, our Local Coordinator for Clydebank, reflects on her experiences in the area since December 2019. If I were to sum up my experience at St. Eunan’s Primary School, the… Continue reading Wee Chats & Big Cats: Surveying Clydebank’s Primary Concerns
Here at Children's Neighbourhoods Scotland, we're using a capabilities approach to help young people articulate their goals and aspirations - and to help them recognise the barriers and enablers to achieving these aims. Public services can be key enablers, but it's really important that new ideas are incorporated into their development - otherwise they can… Continue reading 4 inspiring ways young people have changed public services across the globe