Children and the Communities

Children and the Communities

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With the continuing debate in the UK on the 1989 Children Act, and the alternative given by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, there is an urgent need to reassert children's rights to participate in the neighbourhood context. This collection addresses two crucial and linked questions: how can children participate in decision-making activities which impact on their lives? And how can children keep hold of their rights in neighbourhoods-eg play, access, safety-at a time when those rights are severely threatened?Readers are encouraged to make links between different aspects of children's lives and the book aims to ensure that children's participation in their neighbourhood rights are taken seriously by policy makers. The book brings together contributors from a range of perspectives and makes the case for understanding children 'in the round'show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 136 x 212 x 18mm | 281.23g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074530799X
  • 9780745307992

About Paul Henderson

Paul Henderson is Director of the North of England and Scotland Community Development Foundation. He has been involved with community development for over 20 years and is the joint editor of Rural Action (with D. Francis) and Community and Public Policy (with H Butcher et al) both Pluto Pressshow more

Review quote

'This book is both sad and refreshing. Sad that a book has to be written for a society acknowledged for a sentimentality that runs little more than skin deep. Refreshing that a clutch of practitioner professionals can come together to mull over issues which can improve the lot of children' -- AMA Newsshow more

Table of contents

Introduction: Context and Rationale by Paul Henderson 1. Care and Protection A Neighbourhood Centre by Roger Barford, Sarah O'Grady and Ruth Hall Black Children in Care by Kanchan Jadeja Disadvantage, Community and the Children's Act 1989 by Teresa Smith 2. Environment Children and Traffic Calming by Katy Green Children and Environmental Issues by Jim Radford 3. Education School and Community Links by Rupert Prime Schools and Community by Rachel Hodgkin 4. Neighbourhood The Fear of Our Own Children by Craig Russell Places of Childhood by Roger Adams Belonging and Becoming by Joe Hasler Conclusion: Rights, Participation and Neighbourhood by Peter Newellshow more