UWS conference and symposium: Counting children in

Date: 29/10/2009

The University of Western Sydney will mark the twenty-year anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child by hosting events designed to promote child wellbeing.

International experts will gather at the UWS Parramatta Campus from 3-5 November, 2009, for a conference and symposium.

Professor Jan Mason, from the UWS School of Social Sciences and the Social Justice Social Change Research (SJSC), says the symposium will focus on children as the experts in their own lives.

"While adults can have knowledge about children's lives, children themselves are the experts on their lives as they are living them," says Professor Mason.

"The conference will look at ways of assessing and tracking the wellbeing of children locally and globally."

Beginning on November 3, UWS will host the symposium: 'Children as Experts in Their Own Lives.' Highlights will include:

* A presentation by primary school children on 'Concepts of maturity: Some children's views on what adults researching children need to know.'

* A key-note presentation by Professor Mary Kellett, from Open University in the UK, on issues related to children as researchers.

Following the symposium, from November 4-5, delegates will share their knowledge on measuring and monitoring child well-being on matters such as economic status, health, education and safety at the 2nd Conference of the International Society of Child Indicators (ISCI).

With the theme of 'Counting Children In,' this conference will feature an exciting line up of speakers from Australian and overseas institutions, including:

* Asher Ben-Arieh, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
* Dr Bryony Beresford, University of York, UK
* Associate Professor Natalie Bolzan, University of Western Sydney
* Associate Professor Elizabeth Fernandez, University of New South Wales
* Dr William O'Hare, Casey Foundation, USA
* Professor Lenore Manderson, Monash University
* Professor Jan Mason, University of Western Sydney
* Professor Gary Melton, Clemson University, South Carolina
* Dr Jeff Nelson, Southern Cross University
* Shazly Savahl, University of Western Cape, South Africa
* Dr Matthew Stagner, University of Chicago
* Professor Fiona Stanley, AC, University of Western Australia
* Professor Kate Yeong-Tsyr, National Taiwan Normal University

The UWS-hosted symposium and conference are supported by the International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI), SJSC and the UWS School of Social Sciences.

WHAT: '2nd International Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators,' and pre-conference symposium 'Children as experts in their own lives: child inclusive research.'
WHEN: 3rd - 5th November, 2009
WHERE: UWS Parramatta Campus, Cnr James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere.

For more information, visit: http://www.isci09.com/, http://www.childindicators.org/



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