Prof Jennifer Davidson, Exec Director, Inspiring Children's Futures, University of Strathclyde


Prof Jennifer Davidson, Executive Director, Inspiring Children's Futures, University of Strathclyde

Prof Jennifer Davidson, Executive Director of Strathclyde University’s Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures discusses how to translate research on children’s rights so policymakers understand it.


We explore the importance of making the latest evidence on children's rights and wellbeing accessible to a broad audience, strengthening and framing key arguments by using the most engaging language and communicating with policymakers and politicians so they make informed budgetary and voting decisions.


The Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures works with diverse partners, including the OECD, Unicef and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and engages with policymakers and politicians internationally.


They aim to ensure children facing adversity have what they need to reach their full potential, and much of their focus is on children who come into contact with the justice system.

Despite the fact that the wellbeing of children is an important indicator of the future stability of society and prosperity of the economy, there is still far to go to ensure children’s rights are realised.


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About Jennifer Davidson


Jennifer Davidson is a Professor of Practice at the University of Strathclyde, and Executive Director of the Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures, an international research, policy and practice implementation group with a collective vision that children and young people have what they need to reach their full potential, particularly those facing adversity.

Building on her work as the Founding Director of the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection (CELCIS), Jennifer drives meaningful and sustainable change, by the implementation of effective government policy which reaches children’s day-to-day lives. She draws on children’s human rights and the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, working closely in partnership with a range of international agencies.

Jennifer’s leadership has propelled change for children over many years in partnership with governments, for example as director of the Justice for Children, Justice for All Global Initiative with the SDG 16 Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, and director of a series of global implementation projects for the UN Guidelines for Alternative Care of Children.

A Canadian-Scot, Jennifer was recently awarded an OBE for services to the care and protection of children in Scotland and abroad.