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June 2010

Growing Up in Ireland Child Cohort Data Archived

25th June 2010

Growing Up in Ireland would like to announce that the Anonymised Microdata File (AMF) from Wave 1 of the Child Cohort (at 9 years) is now available from the Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) http://issda.ucd.ie.

This initial dataset includes anonymised details on 8,500 nine-year-old children, born between 1st November 1997 and 31st October 1998, in addition to their parents, principals and teachers. Data collection for this group took place between September 2007 and May 2008.

The Anonymised Microdata File (AMF) provides many of the key variables from Wave 1 of the Child Cohort and has been prepared in such a way as to protect the anonymity of all participants. The datafile is accompanied by a set of documents describing the data, their structure and content.

Accessing the Data

Potential users wishing to access the anonymised data should apply to the Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) at http://issda.ucd.ie. The information contained on the file can be used for statistical purposes only – to use it for any other purpose would be an offence, under the Statistics Act, 1993.

Data Workshops

The first in a series of Data Workshops to promote and support the use of the data will be held on the provisional date of Wednesday 14th July 2010 from 10.00 am to 2.30 pm at the offices of the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin. Training will cover a range of topics and is designed to give a comprehensive overview of the conduct of the study, the data themselves and supporting documentation. Those interested in attending a Growing Up in Ireland Data Workshop should contact guiworkshop@esri.ie. Subsequent workshops will be scheduled in response to demand. Places on each workshop will be strictly limited and allocated on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis.

About ISSDA

The Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) is located in University College, Dublin. It holds a range of data from surveys and official statistics (such as the Census) and makes them readily available to users in the academic, public and commercial sectors. More details on ISSDA are available at http://issda.ucd.ie.

Public Lecture: Children’s participation – challenges for research and practice

Dr. John Canavan, Dr. Caroline Heary, Dr. Lorraine Swords, Prof. Nigel Thomas,Dr Allyn Fives, Prof. Sheila Greene.
Dr. John Canavan, Dr. Caroline Heary, Dr. Lorraine Swords, Prof. Nigel Thomas, Dr. Allyn Fives, Prof. Sheila Greene.

On 15 June, 2010 the Children's Research Centre hosted the public lecture, 'Children’s participation – challenges for research and practice'. The speaker was Prof. Nigel Thomas, Professor of Childhood and Youth Research at the University of Central Lancashire, Co-Director of the Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation.

In this lecture Nigel Thomas reflected on twenty years of research and practice in children and young people’s participation in decision-making, taking in both individual participation in private matters and collective participation in public affairs. In the twentieth year of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, it is a good time to consider what has been learned from the experience of implementing Article 12, and how that learning can contribute to an understanding of the place of children in society.

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Last updated 22 October 2010 by The Children′s Research Centre (Email).