Engagement Officer (Children and Young People)
Central Office
Telephone: (01792) 294439

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.

Teaching

  • LAA322 Research with children

    This module explores the concept of the 'right to be properly researched', with application to children. It introduces the student to rights-based research methodology derived from international human rights law, especially the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Students will learn about approaches to children's developmental capacity and competence which are pertinent not only to research with children but also to case work involving children. Students will learn about different research methods for a. engaging with children in adult-led research; b. child and young person-led research; and c. age-inclusive co-production of research. Students will explore different pathways to impact of research involving children and young people, including through influence on law reform, impactful publications, policy advocacy, human rights treaty monitoring and strategic litigation.

  • LAAM14 Research with children

    This module explores the concept of the 'right to be properly researched', with application to children. It introduces the student to rights-based research methodology derived from international human rights law, especially the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Students will learn about approaches to children's developmental capacity and competence which are pertinent not only to research with children but also to case work involving children. Students will learn about different research methods for a. engaging with children in adult-led research; b. child and young person-led research; and c. age inclusive co-production of research. Students will explore pathways to impact of research involving children and young people, including through influence on law reform, impactful publications, policy advocacy, human rights treaty monitoring and strategic litigation.

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