Helen is an experienced participative research specialist working with children and young people between the ages of 7-25. She is the Research Assistant for the Lleisiau Bach Little Voices Project and Engagement Officer-Children and Young People for the Wales Observatory on the Human Rights of Children and Young People.

Helen joined the Observatory in October 2014 after working for Funky Dragon-The Children and Young People’s Assembly for Wales since 2006 and is passionate about helping to increase children’s involvement in and influence on decisions that affect their lives. She uses a 10-step methodology, Children As Researchers (Funky Dragon, 2009) and is currently applying and developing the methodology in Lleisiau Bach Little Voices’ projects (Little Voices Shouting Out 2014-2017 and Little Voices Being Heard 2017-2020).

 Little Voices Shouting Out delivered a world first report from children aged 7 – 10 in Wales to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child as part of the UK Reporting process.

 Lleisiau Bach-Little Voices will help embed child and young person-led research in the Observatory’s Getting Real About Rights project.

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2006 2012 Development worker for young people 11-25 -
2012 2014 Development worker for children 7-10 Funky Dragon-The Children and Young People’s Assembly for Wales

Key Grants and Projects

  • Little Voices Shouting Out 2013

    , with Arwyn Roberts, Bangor University, Big Lottery Fund

Research Groups

  • Children, Law and Justice

    Creating a cross disciplinary community to inspire real world impact from research

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2016 National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement - Finalist Engaging with young people category
2018 HEA Fellow
2018 PGCert HE