Children’s voices have a long history of being excluded within injury prevention. With increasing calls to include children’s voices in conversations on their injury prevention needs, and with increased attention given to children’s right to be heard, there is a need for child-centered practice. Today, conversations on employing empowering relations, respectful engagement, and child-centered approaches to injury prevention are taking place.
In this workshop, Dr. Bauer will use examples from her own research with parents and children to illustrate challenges to striving towards achieving empowering relations, and she will discuss ways to address these challenges. Dr. Bauer will discuss emerging strategies for thinking about and implementing child-centered research and empowering relations with children. Topics to be discussed include the use of reflexivity in research and practice, considering the vantage point of the child, and working towards meaningful engagement. As part of this workshop, you will have time to work with others to identify ways to strive towards achieving empowering relations in your own role.