Children's Participation in Global Contexts

Children's Participation in Global Contexts : Beyond voice

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Increasingly children and young people's right to participate as expressed in Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has been acknowledged internationally. This book offers an analysis of children's participation in formal, collective and participatory processes in six different international settings to understand what helps or facilitates children and young people's participation in decision-making to effect change. This analysis is set in the context of historical and current discourses of participation, childhood studies, education and international development. Themes addressed include: * Skills and capacities of workers/adults * Time frames in decision-making processes * Spaces for children's participation * Accountability and power * Relational dialogue and 'what you do with whom' The book considers the implications of this for the development of policy and practice around participation. It promotes an approach to children's participation as relational, capacity building, and collaborative. It uniquely acknowledges the importance of voice, but demonstrate through case studies that this approach has met its limits. The book concludes with an examination of the far reaching implications for policy and practice of these findings. This is an invaluable book for scholars, postgraduates and practitioners in childhood studies, children's rights, development studies, politics, social policy, social work. It is also relevant for courses in social and community work, education, early years, youth work, sociology, social policy and development more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138929794
  • 9781138929791

About Anne Crowley

Vicky Johnson is Principal Research Fellow, Education Research Centre, University of Brighton, UK. Anne Crowley is Honorary Fellow, Childhood Research Group, SOCSI, Cardiff University, more

Table of contents

Part 1: Following the Journey of Voice 1. Introduction Part 2: Exploring Children and Young People's Participation 2. Applied and Academic Participatory Research and Our Own Journeys 3. Different Constructions of Childhood and Children's Participation Part 3: Setting the Scene in South Asia and the UK 4. International, National and Local Context 5. The Cases: Community development; Children's services; Youth Led Part 4: Themes for Policy and Practice 6. Participation Processes 7. Skills and Capacities of Workers and Participants 8. Spaces for children's participation 9. Accountability and power 10. Relational participation, dialogue and communication Part 5: Beyond Voice 11. Conclusions on implications for Academy, Learning and Practiceshow more