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Promoting children’s well-being and happiness: What role for social policy?

This seminar will explore ideas on what constitutes a ‘good life’ for children. Professor Sabine Andresen will present research on child well-being in different educational settings in Germany including schools, kindergartens and clubs. Professor Jonathan Bradshaw will draw on comparative research on child well-being including work done in collaboration with The Children’s Society in the UK. He will examine the impacts of social policy on the subjective aspects of child well-being to answer the question -- Can we engineer happiness in childhood?

Sabine Andresen was Professor of General Education at Bielefeld University from 2004 to 2011. Currently, she is Research Professor for Social Work and Family Research at the Goethe University, Frankfurt. Professor Andresen also works with the Loewe Center for Individual Development and Adaptive Education of Children at Risk (IDeA). From 2009, she has been a scientific board member of the International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI) and, from 2010 to 2012, she was a member of the committee of experts of the German Ministry of Families, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. Her research interests include the history of childhood, the well-being of children, child poverty and child maltreatment, the quality of pedagogical settings and relations between social policy and social work.

Jonathan Bradshaw CBE FBA is Professor of Social Policy at the University of York and was founding Director of the Social Policy Research Unit. Professor Bradshaw is a member of the board of the Child Poverty Action Group and Chair of the North Yorkshire Welfare Benefits Unit. He has extensive experience in social policy practice including as a consultant to UNICEF. His main research interests are in child poverty and well-being, living standards and comparative social policy.

This seminar is hosted by the Children’s Policy Centre at the Crawford School of Public Policy, in collaboration with the Flinders Institute of Public Policy and Management, Flinders University and the Australian Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY). It is supported by the Australian National Institute of Public Policy and the HC Coombs Policy Forum with funding from the Australian Government under the ‘Enhancing Public Policy Initiative’.

Light refreshments starts at 12pm.

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Speaker/Host: Professor Sabine Andrese & Professor Jonathan Bradshaw
Venue: Acton Theatre, Level 1, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU
Date: Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Website: http://www.crawford.anu.e...ore.php?id=6731
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