Children, Sexuality and Sexualisation: A Matter of Equality, Rights and Voice

Children, Sexuality and Sexualisation: A Matter of Equality, Rights and Voice
A Conference for Young People, Practitioners and Policy Makers

30 March 2012

Introduction and Welcome: Dr Emma Renold - Childhood Research Group, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

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Children, Sexuality and Sexualisation: A Matter of Equality, Rights and Voice

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A Conference for Young People, Practitioners and Policy Makers
Co-hosted by:
Emma Renold (Cardiff University, Childhood Research Group)
and Keith Towler (Children’s Commissioner for Wales)

30 March 2012

Conference Channel: http://bit.ly/HTIpUM
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A Conference for Young People, Practitioners and Policy Makers
Co-hosted by:
Emma Renold (Cardiff University, Childhood Research Group)
and Keith Towler (Children’s Commissioner for Wales)

30 March 2012

Conference Channel: http://bit.ly/HTIpUM
Conference Page: http://bit.ly/zUI2sg
Childhood Research Group Page: http://bit.ly/HTICr0
Young Sexualities Website: youngsexualities.org/

Recent government reports addressing the commercial sexualisation of children have largely been driven by adult agendas. Where children and teenagers have been consulted their input has been minimal. The most recent Bailey Review focused mainly on parental concerns and the reviews paid little attention to how sexuality and sexualisation is mediated bysocial class, gender, ethnicity or dis/ability. Research and practice which does focus on the diversity of children and young people’s own experiences of growing up in societies which commodify sexuality, is also largely ignored in the sexualisation debates.

This one-day event aims to re-set the agenda by sharing what we know from research and practice on young people’s sexualities. Most importantly, it will provide a platform where children and young people can have their say on how issues such as sexualisation, sexual violence, sexual pleasure and sexual identity are experienced and addressed in schools, at home, in the media and within peer and friendship groups. Of key importance will be locating childhood and sexuality within a rights and equalities framework which means paying attention to diversity in experience and the social and cultural backgrounds which shape children’s sexual identities and cultures.

The central objective of the conference is to share knowledge and bridge some of the gaps around how children experience and learn about sexuality and what adults think they know about how children learn about and experience sex and sexuality. A series of short ignite presentations by children, young activists, researchers, policymakers and practitioners will begin the day and will be followed up with a series of
interactive workshops. These workshops will provide opportunities to ask questions and discuss the challenges for policy, practice and research in listening to and acting upon children and young people’s own concerns of growing up in an era of sex panics where adult anxiety over age-appropriateness tends to silence the pleasures and pains of what it means to be young and sexual. Crucially the event will address the ways in
which discussions of sexualisation tend to flattenout the diversity of sexual experience.

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