On the Edge of Adulthood
Northumbria University
One Day Symposium, Thursday 12th September 2013,
Northern Design Centre, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE8 3DF

Biographies

 

Professor Sir Albert Aynsley-Green Kt.

Professor Sir Albert Aynsley-Green Kt.
website: www.aynsley-green.com

Sir Al started his career in medicine in London at Guy's Hospital, then developing his speciality of paediatric endocrinology through training and research in University hospitals in Oxford, England and Zurich, Switzerland.

He was Clinical then University Lecturer in Paediatrics and Fellow of Green College, University of Oxford, Professor of Child Health and Head of the School of Clinical Medical Sciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne and then Nuffield Professor of Child Health and Executive Director for Clinical R&D at the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London.

He was appointed Chair of the first NHS Children's Taskforce and then the first National Clinical Director for Children in the Department of Health where he was responsible for defining the first national comprehensive standards of health care services for children, young people and expecting mothers. He was appointed the first independent Children's Commissioner for England in 2005, a post created by Parliament to be the independent voice for children and young people, implementing new ways of engaging with them, particularly those most invisible in society. Among his achievements was the exposing to public and political view the injustices faced by children with mental ill health, those in conflict with the law, and those seeking asylum.

He stood down after his five years of tenure as Children's Commissioner in 2010 and is now Professor Emeritus of Child Health at University College London, and Founder and Director of Aynsley-Green Consulting, engaging with governments and organisations world-wide on children, childhood and children's services.

Selected Papers

Bereavement in childhood: risks, consequences and responses

Growing up in the UK – Ensuring a healthy future for our children

Speaking out for children – where to now?

Should the nurture of children be everybody's business?

Improving the lives and health Of children and young people


Shelley Hudson

Born and educated in Leeds, West Yorkshire. I always wanted to become a Police Officer because I wanted to make a difference to society, help people and at the same time have a challenging but rewarding career.

I have extended family from the area and therefore decided to join Northumbria Police in 1993, where I spent the next 20 years gaining a wealth of experience working within a number of departments, including Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Uniform response, Child Protection, Firearms, Professional Standards, Crime and in Multi Agency Public Protection.

For the past two years I have been responsible for managing the Child Abuse and Vulnerable adult abuse investigation teams, covering firstly Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle and more recently Sunderland, South Tyneside and Gateshead. I am committed to safeguarding and by working together with our Policing teams and our multi agency partners we aim to ensure that all allegations of abuse are investigated promptly and thoroughly, that those victims of abuse feel safe and are supported throughout the process and those who abuse, exploit or intimidate are prosecuted or prevented from causing further harm.


Aofie Nolan

Aoife Nolan is Professor of Human Rights Law at Nottingham University Law School (UK). Professor Nolan has published extensively in the area of human rights law, particularly in relation to children’s rights and economic and social rights, as well as on constitutional law. She has worked with and acted as an expert advisor to a wide range of international and national organisations and bodies working on human rights issues, including the Council of Europe, ESCR-Net, the Right to Education Project, UNICEF UK and the Children’s Commissioner for England. She has been invited to provide input into the work of the UN Special Rapporteurs on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights and the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation, respectively, and has provided support to the Office of the Council of Europe Commissioner of Human Rights in relation to budgets and human rights. Her 2011 monograph, Children’s socio-economic rights, democracy and the courts won the Kevin Boyle Book Prize was shortlisted for the Birks Book Prize.


Dr Alison Westman, Medical Director, Huntercombe Hospital Edinburgh

Alison has been a Consultant Adolescent Psychiatrist in the NHS & latterly the independent sector since 1995. Alison’s initial post involved her in working with young people in the community and setting up a mental health community team for adolescents.  This experience also brought her into contact with young people with mental health difficulties who were involved in offending, which fuelled her interest in understanding more about, and specialising in helping their needs.  After a period of further training, Alison then worked as a Consultant Adolescent Forensic Psychiatrist to the Northern Forensic Mental Health Service for Young People, based in Newcastle Upon Tyne.  This involved working with young people and their families in the community, as well as adolescents detained within Young Offenders Institutions and Secure Training Centres, and also those detained under the Mental Health Act in a medium secure in-patient hospital unit.  Within the last year, Alison has moved to Scotland and now works at an adolescent unit that specialises in offering treatment to young people with eating disorders and other mental health problems.   As a clinician who has had experience of working with adolescents in different settings, the question of how we understand and respond to children’s rights in practice and through our services has been of particular interest and concern to me.

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