Danielle Kennan

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UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, School of Political Science and Sociology, Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS), NUI Galway

Danielle Kennan is experienced in applied social science and legal research. Danielle has taught, researched, and published in the field of children’s rights and child well-being. She has a particular expertise in the area of a child’s right to participate in decision making. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher on the Tusla Development and Mainstreaming Programme supporting prevention, partnership and family support. Within this programme of work she is researching the extent to which children’s participation in decision making is embedded in Tusla, Tusla being the dedicated State agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. Danielle is near completion of a PhD on navigating ethical dilemmas when involving children and young people in social research.

Danielle holds a BA in Legal Studies and Sociology and Politics (NUI Galway), a LL.B (NUI Galway) and a LL.M in Human Rights and Criminal Justice (Queens University, Belfast). She previously worked with the Irish Human Rights Commission as a Research and Policy Fellow and at the United Nations in Geneva at the UN Human Rights Council.

Selected Publications

Fives, A., Kennan, D., Canavan, J. (2013) ‘Why we Still Need the Term ‘Young Carer’: Findings from an Exploratory Study of Young Carers in Ireland', Critical Social Work, 14(1).

D., Fives, A., Canavan, J. (2012) ‘Accessing a Hard to Reach Population: Reflections on Research with Young Carers in Ireland', Child and Family Social Work, 17(3), pp. 275-283.
Available online at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2011.00778.x/full

Kennan, D., Keenaghan, C., (2012) Children’s Rights and the Family: A Commentary on the Proposed Constitutional Referendum on Children’s Rights in Ireland. The Children and Youth Programme.
Available online at: http://www.childrenandyouthprogramme.info/cyp_reports/cyp_reports.php

Kenna, D., Keenaghan, C., O’Connor, U., Kinlen, L. and McCord, J. (2011) A Rights-Based Approach to Monitoring Children and Young People’s Well-Being. The Children and Youth Programme.
Available online at: http://www.childrenandyouthprogramme.info/cyp_reports/cyp_reports.php

Fives, A., Kennan, D., Canavan, J., Brady, B. and Cairns, D. (2010) If I can make their life a little easier, then I'm happy: Study of Young Carers in the Irish Population. Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Dublin: The Stationary Office.

Kennan, D. and Dolan, P. (2010) Inclusive Education: Aiminng for No One Less. SangSaeng. (A Publication by the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding under the Auspices of UNESCO). No. 29, Winter 2010.