Expected Learning Outcome

  • What the term ‘adultification’ means
  • How adultification manifests in practice and links to intersectionality
  • How adultification can lead to ‘victim blaming’
  • High profile cases in the media and what we can learn from them
  • Practical tips to reduce discrimination and bias within services for children and young people, including safeguarding
  • Ideas for calling out and challenging adultification, particularly of young people from Black, Asian and minoritized ethnic communities. This includes groups such as Gypsy, Traveller, and Roma communities.

Adultification is the term used to describe what happens when a child is perceived to be older and therefore less vulnerable than they are, and subsequently treated with less care and protection than other children because of it. This can be because of the way they look, talk, act or even the levels of responsibility held within a family, which are different to those associated with other children their age.

Along with high profile cases like Girl Q, this has led to concerns voiced by many parents/carers, academics, and professionals that if some children are treated as more ‘adult’, particularly those from Black, Asian and minoritized ethnic communities, due to factors such as race, gender and class, their wellbeing, safeguarding needs and rights as children could be diminished or overlooked.

Who is this training for?

This training is a must for any professional working with children or young people and their families, parents or carers. It’s suitable for various settings and either group or 1:1 dynamics.

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