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This presentation will examine issues and interventions associated with building age-friendly communities (AFCs). The talk will review the origins of this approach, highlighting in particular the work of the World Health Organisation and the global network of age-friendly cities and communities. The presentation will consider practical examples of age-friendly initiatives drawing on work in Europe and North America. The talk will also review some of the challenges involved in successful implementation of the AFC model. The presentation will conclude with a policy agenda for taking forward the age-friendly debate, focusing on a range of issues around social inclusion, participation and community engagement.
Date: Monday 29th August
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Location: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 3

Professor Chris PhillipsonSpeaker: Professor Christopher Phillipson, professsor of Gerontology and co-director of Manchester Institute for Comparative Research on Ageing at Manchester University, since 2013. Before coming to Manchester he was Professor of Applied Social Studies and Social Gerontology at Keele University where he founded the Centre for Social Gerontology. During his time at Keele Professor Phillipson served as Head of the Department of Applied Social Studies, Research Dean for Social Sciences and as Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning and Academic Development and continues to hold an honorary position at Keele University. He is a former Deputy-Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Training and Development Board UK. In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the British Gerontological Society and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America in 2012. In 2011 he received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the British Society of Gerontology. He has served as member of the Advisory Committee of the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme and was a member of the Advisory Board of the Norwegian Lifecourse, Ageing and Generations Panel Study

Child-centred thinking" is a hot topic in the public sector, as agencies prepare to work together in the new child-centred operating model that will replace CYF and reform the care and protection and youth justice systems. But what exactly does "child-centred" mean, and how does it apply to the wider policy process?
This talk will provide a taster in child-centred thinking and practical tools for considering children in policy, both when children are the target, and when they could be impacted by policies targeted at others. We will cover what it means to be child-centred, questions to ask in the policy process, when and how to engage directly with children, examples of successful impact assessments and consultations, and children’s rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It will be relevant to all policy-makers.
Date: Tuesday 6th September
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Location: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 3

Holly Walker is Principal Advisor in the Advocacy Team at the OCC, where she works on child-centred policy advice, co-ordinates the Office’s work on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and co-authors the annual State of Care report on Child, Youth and Family. She is a previous Member of Parliament, policy analyst, press secretary, treaty negotiator and Rhodes Scholar.
Dr Kathleen Logan is Senior Advisor at OCC, working on structures to advocate for child wellbeing, including online tools and resources such as and /Giving2Kids. Kathleen was Senior Strategy Analyst at MBIE and Manager of Policy and Evaluation at the Royal Society of New Zealand following a career as a scientist in NZ and the UK.


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