Does Every Child Matter, Post-Blair? The interconnections of disabled childhoods

Lead Research Organisation: Manchester Metropolitan University
Department Name: Psychology and Speech Pathology

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Dahl, Hanne Marlene; Keranen, Marja; Kovalainen, Anne (2011) Europeanization, Care and Gender: Global Complexities

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Goodley D (2011) Problematising policy: conceptions of 'child', 'disabled' and 'parents' in social policy in England in International Journal of Inclusive Education

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Goodley D (2010) Len Barton, inclusion and critical disability studies: theorising disabled childhoods in International Studies in Sociology of Education

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Goodley D (2011) Something in the Air? Creativity, culture and community in Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance

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Goodley D (2011) The violence of disablism. in Sociology of health & illness

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Goodley D (2011) Social psychoanalytic disability studies in Disability & Society

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Goodley D (2011) Disability, community and empire: indigenous psychologies and social psychoanalytic possibilities in International Journal of Inclusive Education

 
Description Links to all the outputs from the project are available here on the project blog: https://doeseverychildmatterpostblair.wordpress.com
Exploitation Route Section (d) of our end of award report outlines a number of outputs
http://www.esrc.ac.uk/_images/Does%20Every%20Child%20Matter,%20Post-Blair%20-The%20interconnections%20of%20disabled%20childhoods_tcm8-18877.pdf
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice

URL https://doeseverychildmatterpostblair.wordpress.com
 
Description Research findings about the experiences of disabled children in fostering and adoption led to the research team being invited to carry out an evaluation of Adoption Activity Days for the British Association of Adoption & Fostering (Goodley, Sheffield, Runswick-Cole, MMU). This research was part of the process of change in family finding approaches adopted in the Children & Families Act, 2014 (http://www.baaf.org.uk/ourwork/activitydays). The DfE a used findings from another Does Every Child Matter, post-Blair? The interconnections of disabled childhoods, as part of an on-line training package for teachers of pupils with profound and multiple learning disabilities (Runswick-Cole, 2010). http://www.education.gov.uk/complexneeds/modules/Module-2.1-Planning-to-meet-needs/All/m05p040d.html] . As part of the research project, the team were invited by the Derbyshire Parent Forum to evaluate short break provision for disabled children in Derbyshire and present their findings at the Parent Forum conference in 2011. Another part of the same project involved evaluating the performance Something in the Air? for the Oily Cart Theatre Company - a play using multi-sensory approaches to engage even children whose disabilities normally prevent such engagement. Oily Cart used the MMU evaluation to secure a Children In Need grant in 2013 to enable them to deliver further such work. The evaluation also helped Oily Cart secure funding from other charities and the Arts Council of England. The College of Social Work, a professional body that exists to ensure the highest possible standards in social work, quoted the post Blair findings on disabled children and identity in its 2013 Curriculum Guide: Disability, which provides guidance on the content of social work degree programmes. As a result of the post-Blair project, Runswick Cole and Goodley were invited to speak at the first Office for Disability Issues Evidence Gathering Day in 2011, attended by around 100 delegates from different government departments. The research team's work (Goodley and Runswick-Cole, 2011) was also used by the Leeds Educational Psychology Team (part of Leeds City Council) in 2012 as part of their work supporting the professional development of practitioners. As a result of the research, Runswick-Cole was interviewed on BBC Radio London (27th October, 2014) about end of life issues for disabled children.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description International Advisory Board Member 
Organisation Ryerson University
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Katherine Runswick-Cole is a member of the Inclusive Early Childhood Service System project international advisory board http://inclusiveearlychildhood.ca
Collaborator Contribution Katherine is an advisor to the project and has presented at conferences and co-authored with colleagues a journal article which is under review
Impact Journal article is in press
Start Year 2018
 
Description Re*Storying Autism 
Organisation University of Guelph
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Professor Katherine Runswick-Cole is a collaborator a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded project led by Dr Patty Douglas (Brandon University) Re-Storying Autism. She has travelled to Toronto to take part in a digital story telling workshop. The result of this collaboration is three internationally co-authored journal articles in preparation.
Collaborator Contribution The partners hosted a three day digital story telling workshop facilitated by artists and film makers, they are promoting the films via their social media platforms.
Impact Three journal articles are in press One digital story was made
Start Year 2017
 
Description 'Put your money away, love, I don't charge for retards' : emotional labour and disavowal in the lives of mothers of disabled children 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presented at the Manchester Metropolitan University

'Child, family and disability' seminar day.

After the talk, parents of disabled children shared their experiences of exclusion and discrimination in their lives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description A RIGHT TO EDUCATION FOR ALL: #SENDNATIONALCRISIS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Katherine Runswick-Cole spoke at one of 28 marches across the country organised by parents campaigning for better support for children with "SEND" in schools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Best use of breaks for disabled children 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The government's 2007 ­strategy, Aiming High for Disabled Children, identifies the need for efficient and effective short breaks. In our study of services for disabled children aged between four and 16 over the past 10 years, parents, carers and children told us what they wanted from short breaks.

This was used by Derbyshire Parent Carer Forum in order to advocate for funding for short break provision in Derbyshire.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/2010/04/23/114362/quality-in-practice-best-use-of-breaks-for...
 
Description Buying (into) autism : the commodification of 'disability' in the academy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk sparked questioning of how autism is understood as a cultural category and how the category has been commodified within the academy through the development of research centres, training programmes and published literature focused on autism.

From this meeting, a group of academics came together to form a critical autism network that has been successful in securing ESRC funding for a festival of social science event in 2013 and an edited book contract with Jessica Kingsley Publisher that will be published in 2015 (Runswick-Cole, Mallett & Timimi (Eds)).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Celebrating cyborgs : photovoice and disabled children 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Seminar four in the ESRC research seminar series entitled: 'Researching the lives of disabled children and young people, with a focus on their perspectives' (January 2010-May 2011).

Talk sparked questions about the role of theory in reporting on the lives of disabled children in research.

After my talk, there was a stimulating debate about the role of theory in research focusing on the lives of disabled children and whether this enhances or inhibits understanding of disabled children's lives, who it is accessible to and who engages with theory.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Disability and Childhood Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This two day symposium brought together researcher, activists and practitioners to consider the interconnections between disability and childhood studies. All papers were short an accessible (1000 words) and written with reach in mind
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Does every child matter? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Every Child Matters was a cornerstone of the Labour Government's children's strategy. As the new administration lays out its plans, we ask ECM specialist Katherine Runswick-Cole how the programme has fared and where its future lies.

Publication of research in a non-academic magazine extended the reach of research findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.rihsc.mmu.ac.uk/postblairproject/SEN%2048%20ECM.pdf
 
Description Does every child matter? : Hannah's story 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Co-authored magazine article

Publication of research findings in a practitioner magazine increased the reach of the project findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Education is not a chocolate biscuit - again! 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Katherine Runswick-Cole, Professor of Education, The School of Education and iHuman at the University of Sheffield, was invited to present a version of her inaugural lecture at the Department of Education at the University of Malaya on 4th April, 2019. Katherine's talk focused needs, rights and humanity in the education system in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Exploring Multiple Childhoods 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Tema Barn (Childhood Studies) at the University of Linkoping, Sweden. is an interdisciplinary research centre focused on children and childhoods that focuses on children's perspectives and on child-orientated research methods.

Professor Anna Sparrman and her team convened a multidisciplinary workshop to bring together an group of international academics to explore the multiplicities of children's childhoods.

Professor Katherine Runswick-Cole (The School of Education and iHuman at The University of Sheffield) was invited to talk about "Ethic as Method". Drawing on her work with colleagues Dr Kirsty Liddiard and Professor Dan Goodley and the Co-Researcher Collective, Katherine spoke about participatory research with children and young people as a form of relational ethics. She described the ways in which disabled children and young people have been excluded from research in the past. She talked about how the research team were learning together to understand the lives of children and young people with life limiting and life threatening impairments as part of an ongoing research project "Living Life to the Fullest: Life, Death, Disability and the Human" (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Good places to go? : families and disabled children talk about leisure 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact What leisure activities do families and disabled children access? Where do they go shopping? Where do they go on holiday? Where are good places to go and why? Which places give disabled kids and their families a sense of belonging? We asked these questions as part of a two-year project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council: "Does every child matter, Post-Blair: Interconnections of disabled childhoods", (www.rihsc.mmu.ac.uk/ postblairproject/).

The publication of the article in a non-academic journal widened the dissemination of the research findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
URL http://www.cerebra.org.uk/Resources/Cerebra/Parent%20Support/Bulletins/summer09.pdf
 
Description Humanity under Duress Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact In June 2019 a number of international researchers came together for a two-day symposium convened by iHuman and the Inclusive Societies group, both based within the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield.

The brief given to our invited scholars was clear; write 1500 words (no more), share this with us two weeks before the event (no later) and prepare a 10 minute synopsis of the paper in readiness for some debate and discussion (no worries).

Some prompts were provided:

? What does it mean to be human in a post-welfare, post-social, austerity society?

? What does it mean to flourish as a human and who gets to flourish and who does not?

? What are the social, political and economic implications and feedback effects of compressed and damaged flourishing among particular social strata and geographies?

? What kinds of non-human connections are necessary in the time of the anthropocene?

? Can we celebrate the human category and also embrace non-humans such as animals and tech?

? Are we living in a time of the posthuman and, if so, what does this mean in practice, politics and theory?

? Are new vocabularies of winning, losing-out, difference or class required to understand the complex forms of social and (non)human problems as we move forward?

Their responses were dynamic, eclectic, theoretical and political. And we share their papers below in the spirit of ongoing debate and dialogue.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://ihuman.group.shef.ac.uk/humanity-under-duress/
 
Description Invited Public Lecture and Keynote, Dan Goodley, 'Disability and the Human' HAUTE ÉCOLE DE SANTÉ VAUD, Lausanne, Switzerland, 22nd November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Patients, carers and/or patient groups
Results and Impact 22nd November 2017, HAUTE ÉCOLE DE SANTÉ VAUD, Lausanne, Switzerland, Dan Goodley, Keynote public lecture, 'Disability and the Human'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2015,2017
URL https://medium.com/soeresearch/ihuman-in-switzerland-disability-and-human-relationships-85148108ca3
 
Description Invited talk to Singaporean school teachers engaged with PGT course at National Institute of Education Singapore 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Invited talk exploring disability research and applications in special education and mainstream education contexts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2016,2018
 
Description Op Ed. for the Yorkshire Post newspaper 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Following an invitation to speak at the SEND crisis rally in Leeds, I was invited to write an Op. Ed for the Yorkshire post
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/columnists/how-special-needs-families-are-finding-their...
 
Description Participation for all 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Katherine Runswick-Cole presented at the European Academy of Childhood Disability: Innovation for participation Conference 23rd - 25th May, 2019 in Paris.

Katherine was invited to present as part of an international panel including: Dr Tillie Curran, Dr Marisol Moreno Angarita and Emeritus Professor Don Wertlieb, who are all members of the international research management group for The Inclusive Early Childhood Service System Project based at Ryerson University, Canada. Dr Kathryn Underwood leads the project; she also spoke on the panel. Their presentation, A Theoretical and Methodological Basis for Early Childhood Intervention, focused on the importance of centring the concerns of children and families in research about their lives. The presentation sparked lively debate about understandings of childhood, youth and disability and the nature of participation in research and in decisions about health and social care.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Public lecture National Institute of Education Singapore 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A public lecture exploring key lessons for critical disability research and links to practice, policy-making and engagement with NGOs. Brought in findings from three ESRC funded projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.nie.edu.sg/event-detail/what-is-critical-disability-studies-and-why-do-we-need-it-in-sin...
 
Description Re-presenting identities : the use of composite and performance pieces in community critical psychology and disability studies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Presented at a 'Beyond text workshop series, workshop 2: 'Revising texts, devising histories'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
URL http://projects.beyondtext.ac.uk/disabilityhistories/uploads/goodley_lawthom__representing_identitie...
 
Description Rights to 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Katherine Runswick-Cole was invited to talk at an event organised by the Serpentine Gallery on at Hoxton Hall on 26th November, 2019. She spoke about the need to uphold disabled children's rights and humanity
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/learn/changing-play/rights