First Annual Children’s Welfare History Workshop: ‘Looked-after’ Children – Past, Present and Future

Hello everyone,

First of all I would like to say congratulations to the graduating class of 2016. I hope you all had fun when celebrating what you have achieved.


I also wanted to inform you all about an upcoming Children’s welfare workshop taking place on 2nd August at the Waterfront Museum here in Swansea.This workshop is sponsored by the College of Human and Health Sciences and focuses on the dynamic and exciting area of Children’s history which is also a popular area for continued research.

The care of ‘looked after’ children is vital to the wellbeing of many young people in the UK and has a varied and often surprising history.

This workshop will include talks by leading historians, care leavers, medical practitioners and authors. The day will also include a round table discussion with care leavers which will debate the treatment strategies care for ‘looked after’ children past, present and future.

This workshop is open to everyone and anyone including the general public, historians, policy makers, care leavers, child welfare organizations, and anyone with an interest in children’s studies and social policy. This may be a good event if you are a social policy student, and ties in with some of the modules being taught. (I, myself gave a lecture/ workshop on fostering in families, so this would be an interesting day full of debate and discussion).

Lunch, and tea and coffee during the day will be provided. Please email the organiser with your dietary needs.

The Programme is detailed below:


First Annual Children’s Welfare History Workshop:
‘Looked-after’ Children – Past, Present and Future

Sponsored by the College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea. 2 August 2016

9.30-10.00 Registration and coffee

10.00-10.20 Welcome and Introduction by Lesley Hulonce, Swansea University
‘Children’s Remembrancers’

10.20-10.50 Carol Floris and a Careleaver, Voices from Care
‘Our experiences’

10.50-11.20 Anthony Rhys, artist and special needs teacher

11.20-11.30 Comfort break

11.30-11.50 Daryl Leeworthy, Swansea University
‘Democracy in the Nursery: Welfare and Education in Interwar Britain’.

11.50-12.10 Helen Rogers, Liverpool John Moores University
‘Writing about children with conviction’

12.10-12.30 Steve Taylor, University of Huddesfield
‘Becoming Canadian Adults: Poverty, Identity, and British Childhood Emigration to Canada in the Late-Nineteenth Century’.

12.30-1.40 Lunch

1.40-2.00 Keynote address: Alysa Levene, Oxford Brookes University
‘Shaping the children of the poor’

2.00-2.20 Alys Einion, Midwife and novelist, Swansea University
‘Coming out of the Dark Ages – Growing up Queer in Wales’

2.20-2.40 Susanne Darra, Swansea University
‘Coping, Help and Coherence: the impact of birth on mothers and their children’

2.40-3.00 Coffee

3.00-4.00 Round table discussion

4.00 Close

There will also be children’s poetry workshops throughout the day for children aged between 5-12 years. All children are welcome to attend the workshop as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

This looks to be a very interesting day full of debate and discussion and will bring together the latest research and researchers as well as others from outside of the academic sphere.


If this looks like an interesting event for you then click on the link below to register. Places are free but you must register first:


Thank you for reading!

Joanna Wolton

I am a PhD student in the Centre for Innovative Ageing within the College of Human and Health Sciences. I hope this blog is insightful and gives you some tips and information about what it is like to be a student living in Swansea.

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