Building on discussions from the May event—which focused on cultural and social perspectives of stigma in childhood—the second seminar for the Stigma in Childhood project sought to explore theoretical and practical approaches to stigma as it is experienced by children and young people. It brought together a range of speakers and participants, including international academics; representatives from organisations such as Who Cares? Scotland, the Scottish Refugee Council, and the Fostering Network; and care experienced young people themselves. The event demonstrated the value of a multifaceted, collaborative approach to the issues surrounding stigma in childhood.
The Stigma in Childhood programme seeks to address the unique issues for children who experience stigma, as well as common issues which allow learning from the experience of stigma in adulthood. In this, it considers how stigma is experienced by children from different places, and how it manifests itself; for children themselves, in families and communities, and in provision of services. Bringing together learning from theory, research, policy and practice, it will promote change for children and young people living with stigma and marginalisation.