On Wednesday the 30th August 2017 I had the privilege of participating in several workshops and listening to great keynote speakers. The seminar was opened by Professor Andrew Kendrick (University of Strathclyde) who was brilliant welcoming us all to the event and going over the objectives for the day. As a care experienced member of staff within Who Cares? Scotland, I found the day very eventful and informative. It was just a shame there was so much going on but, due to time, I could only be participate in some of the workshops available.
On 26th June I ran a workshop for the second Stigma in Childhood event, at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute at Strathclyde. This was an excellent opportunity to share some of my research on self-harm and young people, and hear from others about their views and experiences of the topic.
The past two Stigma in Childhood project seminars have emphasised the importance of the experience and contribution of the children and young people who remain at the heart of the project. In particular, at the most recent event, Professor Pranee Liamputtong argued that research should be conducted with, as opposed to on, children and young people.
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.