World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children's Day. It is celebrated each year on 20 November 'to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare'.
Researchers across our two centres (Oxford Institute for Social Policy and the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention) are deeply involved in work to further the cause of children's wellbeing across many different projects and studies. Last week our annual lecture focused on recent challenges in children's social policy, and during last month's Oxford Science and Ideas Festival, Professor Mary Daly and Dr Aaron Reeves took part in an event exploring how to make better policy for children and families. Mary has recently been involved in work at the European Parliament to advocate for the 'Child Guarantee'.
Further afield our Parenting for Lifelong Health team continue to work on a wide range of projects to embed, evaluate and scale up this innovative parenting programme with its proven ability to improve children's outcomes. On Monday Dr Jamie Lachman gave a keynote lecture entitled 'It's Time to Grow Up: Taking Early Childhood Interventions to Scale: Challenges and Opportunities' to the Swiss Society for Early Childhood Research 1st Annual Meeting in Lausanne. The lecture focused on the challenges and opportunities taking early childhood interventions to scale and used the PLH-Philippines, SUPER, and RISE projects as case studies.
In the coming months we will continue to showcase our research and dissemination activities in this vital field of research. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 60th anniversary of the UN General Assembly adopting the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. With 5.2 million children projected to be living in poverty in the UK alone by 2022, the time to gather evidence - and act on it - is now.