Professor Alan Prout was invited to speak at the 25th International Congress on Palliative Care, held in Montreal during October.
He was invited by Mary Ellen Macdonald and Franco Carnevale of McGill University, who had organised a day long Panel discussion on the theme of “Pediatric Palliative Care: Rethinking the ‘Pediatric’ in Pediatric Palliative Care: An Interprofessional Examination of the Child in Research and Practice”. Professor Prout spoke on the theme “What Is the Voice of the Child and How Does it Matter?”.
The Panel brought together an international and multidisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners and was dedicated to moving the focus from “paediatrics” to childhood”, and the ethical and social issues that arise in end of life care for children. Topics covered included how children’s voice can be better elicited and interpreted, contextualizing voice in family and community, and how children’s identity and voice continues after death. Each topic had presentations from researchers and a practitioner who reflected on the what researchers and others had been reporting.
In addition and separately Prof. Prout gave a seminar paper to the VOICE group at McGill University, when he discussed interdisciplinary childhood studies more widely. VOICE stands for Views On Interdisciplinary Childhood Ethics, a research group dedicated to advancing ethical issues in relation to childhood. Their website can be found here: