Announcing the University of Edinburgh Young People’s Transitions Conference, 21 April 2017: Call for Abstracts open!

Young People’s Transitions: Dimensions, Difficulties and Diversity
Multi-Disciplinary Conference
University of Edinburgh, 21 April 2017

A one-day conference for youth researchers, policymakers and practitioners sponsored by the University of Edinburgh School of Social and Political Science and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships.

On April 21, 2017 the University of Edinburgh’s Childhood and Youth Studies Network and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships will be holding a free, one-day conference for youth researchers, policymakers and practitioners. Young People’s Transitions: Dimensions, Difficulties and Diversity seeks to explore, illuminate and interrogate the complexity of young people’s lives today and ask questions relating to the myriad factors that shape the youth phase. The conference aims to include delegates from the academic, policy and practice communities that engage with young people, and conference presentations will be given by PhD or early-career researchers from a variety of disciplines.

The conference will also feature two renowned keynote speakers: Divya Jindal-Snape, Professor of Education, Inclusion and Life Transitions, University of Dundee and Andy Furlong, Professor of Social Inclusion and Education, University of Glasgow.

The Call for Abstracts is now open to PhD or early career researchers for 20 minute presentations (250 word abstract). The two conference streams for abstracts are:

  • Inequality and Its Impacts
    How does inequality manifest itself in the multiple transitions of young people, and what are the impacts?
  • Who or What is in Control
    How do the structural determinants of society interact with the agency of young people as they make transitions in this life stage?

Abstract deadline: 13 February 2017. See detailed Call for Abstracts here.

For more information about the Conference, including detailed abstract guidelines, please click on the menu ‘Young People’s Transitions Conference 2017‘ above.  Registration for delegates opening soon!


Our next presentation Wednesday 23 November: ‘Issues in Scotland’s Named Person Scheme’

The Network’s November presentation will be given by Harla Octarra, a PhD Candidate in Social Policy, on the timely policy issue of Scotland’s Named Person scheme and what it means for social workers and local authorities.

When: Wednesday, 23 November 2016 4:00 – 5:00 pm 
Where: Practice Suite, Room 1.12 Chrystal Macmillan Building 
               15 George Square, University of Edinburgh 

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 establishes that all children and young people under the age of 18 in Scotland will have a Named Person. The Named Person will be a clear point of contact for children, young people and their parents when they require advice and support. At the moment, the implementation of this scheme is being delayed due to UK Supreme Court decision against its information sharing provisions. Although this presentation will not address the law debate about the scheme, because the judgement requires changes to the legislation in relation to the sharing of information provisions of the Act, there can be no better time to discuss the issues arising from the introduction of the Named Person. The presentation will focus on the issues at practice level; particularly on how the scheme is affecting the work of professionals (who are going to be Named Person) in education setting. This draws from research experience in 1 Local Authority over the course of 8 months in 2015.

Our first Writing Retreat! 11 November 2o16

Do you have a chapter, abstract, article, coursework or conference paper that you are working on? Join us for a day dedicated to writing—either virtually or in person!

We will meet at 9:30 am in the Practice Suite in CMB (First floor, Rm 1.12) and set our goals for the day. Depending on what people are looking for, we can find partners to exchange writing with, ‘critical friends’ to read over abstracts, etc. The day will be flexible —  you can stay and work on your laptop in the Practice Suite if you’d like (Cara will be there) or go off to another location. At lunch we will come back together, discuss our progress and take a walk through the Meadows to refresh our minds before another block of writing time.

If you can’t make the whole day just come along for the time you can: Cara will be in the Practice Suite at the retreat ‘hub’ so head over whenever you’re available. If you want to join us virtually for feedback and more, just get in touch with Cara at

This is not only a great chance to block out a day dedicated to writing but, if you’d like, to get feedback on your work. We look forward to seeing you there for a wonderfully productive day!