Working with children and young people to build community resilience in Fukushima

by Alison Lloyd Williams, Lancaster University I’ve just returned from a two-month research fellowship in Fukushima, Japan and have been asked to write about the work I have been doing there. Funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, this project built on our Children, Young People and Flooding project and connects with[…]

A visit to Amatrice

A few thoughts from Maggie who visited one of the sites of the recent Italian earthquake. The first thing that hits you when you approach Amatrice is how beautiful it is. Hosted by Save the Children Italy, I arrive on a still, sunny day – the mountains almost surround the place and the air seems so[…]

Italian earthquake highlights importance of further risk reduction work

Families with children were particularly vulnerable to the earthquake that struck the Amatrice area in central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday 24th August as people were sleeping. Rescue and response to this major disaster are the primary focus, but the country’s civil protection authorities will soon be considering the recovery process and future preparedness[…]

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A Children’s Manifesto for Change

Alison Lloyd Williams recently presented a paper ‘The Flood Project: a Children’s Manifesto for Change’ at the conference Children and Young People in a Changing World: Action, Agency and Participation held at Liverpool Hope University on 23-24 June 2016. The event was attended by a diverse range of colleagues including academics and practitioners working with children and young people[…]

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Children and young people’s participation in disaster management is still a young and emerging field…..

The CUIDAR team recently completed a scoping review of disaster policy, practice and projects for what they say, or do not say, about children and young people. Led by colleagues at the Open University of Catalonia, all CUIDAR partners contributed by searching relevant policy and practice reports in members’ countries (Greece, Spain, Italy, UK and[…]

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TACTIC & POP-ALERT Final Conference

Marion and Maggie from the Lancaster team, and CUIDAR partners Magda from University of Thessaly and Israel from Open University of Catalonia attended a very timely joint (POP-ALERT and TACTIC) conference in Brussels on disaster preparedness and resilience training. A range of fascinating presentations about crisis preparation, risk and resilience can now be downloaded from[…]

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Storm Desmond

The BBC online “live reporting” of events during Storm Desmond has been illuminating – that’s if of course you’ve had electricity. Many people in the affected zones had none, and with no mobile phone coverage over the weekend, battery or wind-up radio would have been their only source of information. “Unprecedented” has been the mantra[…]

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Children and flooding

As severe floods hit the North West of England last weekend a Lancaster University research team, led by Professor Maggie Mort (Sociology), called for the Government to take notice of how flooding affects children. Working with school children hit by severe flooding two years ago both on Humberside and Thames Valley, the ESRC project, partnered by Save[…]