Marianiki Vlachou (she/her)
Marianiki works as a Research Assistant at CYCJ. She has a background in International Human Rights Law and experience of working with children and young people in third sector organisations. Marianiki has worked in research on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Incorporation in Scotland. She has also supported children and young people’s participation in the Scottish Government’s strategic decision-making in implementing the UNCRC in Scotland.
In her role as Research Assistant, Marianiki provides analytical support to the Scottish Government Bairns’ Hoose Unit for the Pathfinder phase, which brings Scotland a step closer to transformational change for children and young people, improving their right to justice, ensuring they are safe and allowing access to recovery support. She also works on the Children’s Hearings System pilot, which is delivered by South and North Lanarkshire’s social work team alongside SCRA, and is aiming to reduce the criminalisation of care experienced young people.
Marianiki’s research interests also include mental health, identity, and expression.