Danielle Kennan

Research Associate B.A., L.L.B., L.L.M.,

Contact Details

Researcher
Lifecourse Institute
UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre
NUI Galway

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Biography

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. 

Research Interests

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.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2013) 'Why we Still Need the Term ‘Young Carer’: Findings from an Exploratory Study of Young Carers in Ireland'
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, [Details]
(2012) 'Accessing a hard to reach population: reflections on research with young carers in Ireland'
Kennan, D,Fives, A,Canavan, J (2012) 'Accessing a hard to reach population: reflections on research with young carers in Ireland'. Child & Family Social Work, 17 :275-283 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2015) 'Understanding the Ethical Requirement for Parental Consent When Engaging Youth in Research'
Kennan, D. (2015) 'Understanding the Ethical Requirement for Parental Consent When Engaging Youth in Research' In: Youth 'At the Margins': Critical Perspectives and Experiences of Engaging Youth in Research Worldwide. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2015) Toward the development of a Participation Strategy for children and young people.
Kennan, D., Redmond, S., Devaney, C., Landy, F and Canavan, J. (2015) Toward the development of a Participation Strategy for children and young people. Child and Family Agency, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) Understanding Youth Civic Engagement: Debates, Discourses and Lessons from Practice.
Brady, B., Dolan, P., Kearns, N., Kennan, D., McGrath, B., Shaw. A. & Brennan, M. (2012) Understanding Youth Civic Engagement: Debates, Discourses and Lessons from Practice. UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre. Prepared for Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI), NUI Galway. [Details]
(2012) Children’s Rights and the Family - A Commentary on the Proposed Constitutional Referendum on Children’s Rights in Ireland.
Kennan, D. and Keenaghan, C. (2012) Children’s Rights and the Family - A Commentary on the Proposed Constitutional Referendum on Children’s Rights in Ireland. Children and Youth Programme, Galway. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) A Rights-Based Approach to Monitoring Children and Young People’s Well-Being.
Kennan, 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, The Children and Youth Programme. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) If I can make their life a little easier, then I'm happy: Study of Young Carers in the Irish Population.
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. The Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affaris, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]

Manual

  Year Publication
(2015) Youth as Researchers Training Manual.
Campbell, M., Kennan, D., Egan, K., Greene, C., and Dolan, P. (2015) Youth as Researchers Training Manual. UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre: Manual [Details]

Other Item

  Year Publication
(2010) Inclusive Education for the Marginalised. A Publication by the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding under the Auspices of UNESCO.
Dolan, P. & Kennan, D. (2010) Inclusive Education for the Marginalised. A Publication by the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding under the Auspices of UNESCO. Other Item [Details]

Teaching Interests

I currently guest lecture on the BA Connect in Children and Family Studies, the BA Political Science and Sociology Options Module on Childhood and Children’s Rights, the MA in Family Support  and the Structured PhD on Children and Youth. I teach in the area of children's rights, childhood research in Ireland and participatory methodologies when involving children in research.

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