This qualitative research project is funded by Cardiff University, the NSPCC and the Children’s Commissioner’s Office for Wales. It has been designed specifically to inform the National Assembly for Wales cross-party group, ‘Children, Sexualities, Sexualisation and Equalities’. In brief, the research aims to provide a nuanced empirical portrayal of children’s own sexual cultures. It will explore how children make meaning of ‘the sexualisation of culture’ in the context of their everyday lives and in the hope of creating more child-centred policy interventions and resources in the future. Its core aims are three fold:
- to address the lack of knowledge about children’s own sexual cultures in the context of their everyday lives;
- to foreground equalities and specifically explore how gender, social class, ethnicity and religion interact to shape children’s experiences;
- to apply article12 of the United Nations on the Conventions of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and enable children to identify and shape future research, policies and practice.
Over 140 children between the ages of 10-13 have participated in individual and friendship group interviews. Project findings will be launched at the Welsh Assembly in June 2013.
If you would like to know more about this research project, e-mail Emma Renold at renold [at] cardiff.ac.uk.
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