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Sunday Politics Show Featuring Research by Lincoln’s Sue Bond-Taylor Wins BBC Ruby Award!

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An episode of the BBC’s regional Sunday Politics programme covering the Children of Lincoln project has been named the Best Sunday Politics Programme at the BBC’s Ruby Awards. The awards, which were announced at a ceremony on Friday 11th May, celebrate outstanding regional programming from across the country. Broadcast in December 2017, the programme focused on the rights of children and young adults in the city following the launch of the Children of Lincoln project, led by Sue Bond-Taylor and Dr Anna Tarrant.

The project aims to have Lincoln recognised as a UNICEF Child Friendly City. According to UNICEF, a Child Friendly City is one in which children’s rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child are respected and supported, where young people’s needs are considered and catered for, and where children’s voices are heard and contribute to local policy making and services.

Children of Lincoln is a collaborative partnership between Lincolnshire County Council, City of Lincoln Council, University of Lincoln and many other local organisations that work with and support young people, working together to make Lincoln a Child Friendly City.

Focusing on the experiences of local children, the programme was hosted by Tim Iredale from Our Lady of Lincoln Catholic Primary Academy, where pupils were given the opportunity to share their views on what could make Lincoln more child friendly as well as interviewing local councillors. The episode also featured interviews with Sue-Bond Taylor and footage from the Children of Lincoln projects launch event in November which saw 100 local children visit the University’s Isaac Newton Building for a day of activities.

The episode also featured short films by two of the University’s student vloggers, Gus Ailing, a third year Media Production student and Luke Birch, a first year Media Production student, who shared their unique experiences of the challenges faced by young people today.

Following the broadcast of the episode, the Children of Lincoln team is working to establish a Children and Young Person’s Steering Group to direct the future activity and priorities of the project, and are working in partnership with Visit Lincoln to develop their website as a hub for publicising community events for children and families within the city.

Reposted from University of Lincoln Staff News

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