The Childhood Policy Programme
The British Academy has undertaken a programme of work that seeks to re-frame debates around childhood in both the public and policy spaces and break down academic, policy and professional silos in order to explore new conceptualisations of children in policymaking.
Over the last 150 years, the experience of being a child in the United Kingdom has changed hugely in terms of how children are viewed, valued and cared for. During this period, policymaking and research relating to children have also undergone dramatic changes.
This programme has investigated different aspects of these changes through a number of research activities, including policymaking landscape reviews for each of the four UK nations; case studies on approaches across the four UK nations towards children leaving care and childhood poverty, and evidence on the effectiveness of these different approaches; and a series of stakeholder workshops with policymakers, practitioners and academics.
As part of this programme the British Academy is exploring important and challenging childhood policy topics through a series of provocation papers, written by experts from across the arts, humanities and social sciences. Read the papers on Medium:
Age of Criminal Responsibility
Dr Harriet Pierpoint, 4 February 2020
How Should We Think About Childhood and Children?
Professor David Archard, 4 February 2020