A Handbook of Children and Young People's Participation : by Barry Percy-Smith, Nigel Thomas

By Barry Percy-Smith, Nigel Thomas

A instruction manual of kids and younger People's Participation brings jointly key thinkers and practitioners from different contexts around the globe to supply an authoritative review of latest conception and perform round children’s participation. selling the participation of kids and younger people – in decision-making and coverage improvement, and as lively participants to daily relations and neighborhood life – has turn into a important a part of coverage and programme tasks in either majority and minority worlds. This ebook provides the main beneficial fresh paintings in children’s participation as a source for teachers, scholars and practitioners in youth experiences, children’s rights and welfare, baby and relatives social paintings, adolescence and group paintings, governance, relief and improvement programmes. The e-book introduces key options and debates, and provides a wealthy choice of bills of the varied ways that children’s participation is known and enacted all over the world, interspersed with reflective commentaries from adults and teens. It concludes with a few giant theoretical contributions that objective to take ahead our knowing of children’s participation. The emphasis during the textual content is on studying from the complexity of children’s participation in perform to enhance our theoretical realizing, and on utilizing these theoretical insights to problem perform, with the purpose of realising children’s rights and citizenship extra totally.

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There is now significantly greater recognition of the expertise and wisdom that children contribute to policy making. However, the numbers of children able to be involved in these processes have been extremely limited. The vast majority of the world’s children have yet to have their participation rights realised. It is now time to reflect on the lessons learned from these experiences, analyse the most effective strategies for addressing the barriers and collaborate with children to capitalise on what we know to be the most effective approaches to achieving participation.

For example, children’s participation can be broadly classified at three levels. • • • Consultative participation. This is where adults seek children’s views in order to build knowledge and understanding of their lives and experience. While it is adult led and managed, and does not involve sharing or transferring decision-making processes to children themselves, it does recognise that children have expertise and perspectives which need to inform adult decision making. Consultation is an appropriate means of enabling children to express views, for example, when undertaking research, in planning processes, in developing legislation, policy or services, or in decisions affecting individual children within the family, in health care or in education, or as witnesses in judicial or administrative proceedings.

1992) Children’s Participation: from tokenism to citizenship, Florence: Unicef. org. Many contributors also refer to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. htm (accessed 4 July 2009). Part I Children’s participation Progress and challenges 1 The realisation of children’s participation rights Critical reflections Gerison Lansdown Children’s participation has been one of the most debated and examined aspects of the Convention on the Rights of the Child since it was adopted by the UN in 1989.

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