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Centre for Children and Young People

Centre for Children and Young People

ccyp logoWe are the Centre for Children and Young People. Our research aims to improve policy and practice concerning the rights and wellbeing of children and young people. The status, interests, views and experiences of children and young people are therefore central to our work.

Our commitment to this philosophy can be seen within all of our activities and we welcome the opportunity to work with you in continuing this important work.

Celebrating our 10 year Anniversary

This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the Centre for Children and Young People.

As a research centre in a regional University we have made a significant contribution nationally and internationally to understanding why and how to involve children and young people in efforts to improve their lives.

We so often assume that adults know what's best for children and young people. Yet there is now considerable evidence suggesting we will likely meet their needs much more effectively if we include them in discussions and decisions about their lives. This is particularly relevant when it comes to the policies, programs and services aimed at supporting them.

The past decade has seen the CCYP undertake over 50 projects with more than 60 government, non-government and community based organisations on a wide range of issues impacting on children and young people's wellbeing, like loss and grief, separation and divorce, disability, out of home care, supporting social and emotional wellbeing in schools, teacher learning, consumerism, technology, family relationships, abuse and neglect, childhood cultures, transition to school.

In summary, the Centre for Children & Young People has been instrumental in building the reputation of Southern Cross University as a key player regionally, nationally and internationally in providing high quality, high impact interdisciplinary research concerning children and young people's lives.

We are proud of what the Centre has achieved during this time and we look forward to continuing this work in the future.

Upcoming event

The Hundred Languages of Children Exhibition: Lismore 6 June 12 July

A beautiful and intriguing display of children's theories illustrated through photographs, words, paintings, drawings and sculptures. A visual testament to children's potential as scientists, inventors, authors and artists and an opportunity to learn about the extraordinary research conducted by teachers and children in Reggio Emilia.

Official opening Friday 6 June 5-6p. Free public lecture: Friday 6 June, 6-7pm Southern Cross University library, Military Road, Lismore campus

Following the official opening: An introduction to the exhibition and an overview of the Reggio Emilia educational experience, the world acclaimed programs for young children in the City of Reggio Emilia Northern Italy. Performance by React Circus.

Updated: 28 June 2014