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Understanding the Lives of Children and Young People

in the Context of Conflict and Marginalisation

Project Research Staff : Dr Siobhán McAlister
Collaborator: Professor Phil Scraton
Room : G.032 Institute of Governance, 63 University Road
Tel 028 9097 1341
Email :
s.mcalister@qub.ac.uk

This is an action-based research project carried out in partnership with the Prince’s Trust, QUB and Save the Children.  While the key focus is to explore the impact of the legacy of the conflict and poverty on the lives of children and young people (aged 8-25 yrs) living in disadvantaged areas/communities affected by the conflict, three main issues will be explored:

  • How children and young people are perceived, how they are responded to, the issues affecting them, the risks and opportunities in their communities.

  • The current life experiences of children and young people living in disadvantaged areas/communities affected by the conflict, the support available to them, successes and limitations of support and suggested changes or improvements.

  • Protecting children and young people’s rights.

Overall the research aims to:

  • Gain an understanding of the processes that can serve to criminalise and marginalise children and young people living in disadvantaged areas most affected by the conflict.

  • Highlight areas of good/effective practice and programming at a community level.

  • Inform service delivery/interventions with children and young people in some of the most disadvantaged communities/communities most affected by the conflict.

  • Inform the children’s rights policy agenda.

  • Inform communities by taking debate and dialogue about the protection of children’s rights in communities to them and helping children, young people, and adults in communities use children’s rights as a liberating philosophy.

  • Ensure that children, young people and communities are active participants in the research process.