By Barry Percy-Smith, Nigel Thomas

ISBN-10: 0203871073

ISBN-13: 9780203871072

ISBN-10: 0415468515

ISBN-13: 9780415468510

ISBN-10: 0415468523

ISBN-13: 9780415468527

A guide of youngsters and younger People's Participation brings jointly key thinkers and practitioners from different contexts around the globe to supply an authoritative evaluate of latest thought and perform round children’s participation. selling the participation of kids and younger people – in decision-making and coverage improvement, and as energetic individuals to daily relations and neighborhood life – has turn into a imperative a part of coverage and programme tasks in either majority and minority worlds. This ebook offers the main helpful contemporary paintings in children’s participation as a source for teachers, scholars and practitioners in early life reports, children’s rights and welfare, baby and relatives social paintings, adolescence and neighborhood paintings, governance, relief and improvement programmes. The e-book introduces key innovations and debates, and provides a wealthy choice of debts of the various ways that children’s participation is known and enacted worldwide, interspersed with reflective commentaries from adults and youth. It concludes with a few significant theoretical contributions that goal to take ahead our realizing of children’s participation. The emphasis through the textual content is on studying from the complexity of children’s participation in perform to enhance our theoretical figuring out, and on utilizing these theoretical insights to problem perform, with the purpose of realising children’s rights and citizenship extra absolutely.

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Real participation does involve a transfer of power to children. Achieving that transfer can only be achieved through the introduction of legal rights, means of redress and wide-ranging cultural change towards respect for children as rights holders, entitled to active participation in all the decisions that impact on their lives. Notes 1 General Comment No. 7, Implementing Child Rights in Early Childhood (2005) CRC/C/GC/7. 2 UNCRC General Comment No. 12, Article 12 (forthcoming). 3 Although most of the research is still located in the North, there is increasing interest in these issues in developing countries and a corresponding emergence of informal studies, papers and booklets produced by both academics and NGOs.

Children, particularly girls, younger children and children with disabilities, are often denied opportunities to express their views freely. Free expression of views by children necessitates a commitment to a cultural change, in which adults begin to recognise the importance of listening to and respecting children. In order to contribute their views, children need access to appropriate information and to safe ‘spaces’ where they are afforded the time, encouragement and support to enable them to develop and articulate their views.

4 Learning realm Projects which involve teachers and environmental educators without necessarily utilising research knowledge. The focus is on the process of changing perceptions and skills rather than physical places. 5 Rights realm Projects are closely related to the United Nations and similar international organisations, where the focus tends to be on children’s rights rather than on environmental needs. 6 Institutionalisation realm An increasingly popular approach, it relates to international child advocate organisations and city officials who have been forced to involve children.

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