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A Handbook of Children and Young People’s Participation
Perspectives from Theory and Practice

ISBN 9780203871072
Published September 10, 2009 by Routledge
330 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A Handbook of Children and Young People’s Participation brings
together key thinkers and practitioners from diverse contexts across
the globe to provide an authoritative overview of contemporary theory
and practice around children’s participation.
Promoting the participation of children and young people - in
decision-making and policy development, and as active contributors
to everyday family and community life - has become a central part of
policy and programme initiatives in both majority and minority worlds.
This book presents the most useful recent work in children’s
participation as a resource for academics, students and practitioners
in childhood studies, children’s rights and welfare, child and family
social work, youth and community work, governance, aid and
development programmes.
The book introduces key concepts and debates, and presents a rich
collection of accounts of the diverse ways in which children’s
participation is understood and enacted around the world,
interspersed with reflective commentaries from adults and young
people. It concludes with a number of substantial theoretical
contributions that aim to take forward our understanding of children’s
The emphasis throughout the text is on learning from the complexity
of children’s participation in practice to improve our theoretical
understanding, and on using those theoretical insights to challenge
practice, with the aim of realising children’s rights and citizenship
more fully.

Table of Contents

Introduction Nigel Thomas and Barry Percy-Smith Part One: Children’s Participation: progress and challenges 1.The realisation of children’s participation rights Gerison
Lansdown 2.Challenges of participatory practice Karen Malone and Catherine Hartung 3.Children’s participation in Bangladesh Sarah White and Shyamol Choudhury
Part Two: Learning about Children’s Participation in Practice – a) Contexts for practice – i) Working in particular situations 4.Armed conflict and post conflict peace build>ing Clare Feinstein, Annette Giertsen and Claire O’Kane 5.Participation of children in the most difficult situations Patricia Ray 6.Children’s participation in law reform in
South Africa Lucy Jamieson and Wanjiru Mukoma ii) Working with particular groups 7.Younger children’s individual participation Priscilla Alderson 8.Disabled children
and participation in the UK Kate Martin and Anita Franklin 9.Participation among young people with mental health issue Ann Dadich 10.Advocacy for children in family
group conferences Perpetua Kirby and Sophie Laws iii) Working in particular cultural contexts 11.Questioning understandings of children’s participation Jan Mason,
Natalie Bolzan and colleagues 12.The construction of childhood and the socialisation of children in Ghana Afua Twum-Danso 13.Youth participation in indigenous tradi>tional communities Yolanda Corona Caraveo, Carlos Perez and Julián Hernández b) Approaches to practice i) Methods and frameworks 14.Rights through evaluation
and understanding children’s realities Vicky Johnson 15.Children’s participation in school and the local community Renate Kränzl-Nagl and Ulrike Zartler 16.Building
towards effective participation Tiina Sotkasiira, Lotta Haikkola and Liisa Horelli 17.Getting the measure of children and young people’s participation Anne Crowley and
Anna Skeels ii) Strategies and practices 18.Challenging obstacles to the participation of children and young people in Rwanda Kirrily Pells 19.Child reporters as agents
of change Lalatendu Acharya 20.‘Pathways to participation’ revisited Harry Shier 21.The London Secondary School Councils Action research Hiromi Yamashita and
Lynn Davies iii) Spaces and structures 22.Children’s participation in citizenship and governance Sara Austin 23.The effectiveness of Youth Councils in Scotland Brian
McGinley and Ann Grieve 24.Critiquing youth parliaments as models of representation for marginalised young people Alan Turkie 25.Nil desperandum as long as you
carpe diem Jack Lewars 26.Participation in a youth organisation in Turkey Fahriye Sancar and Yucel Severcan Part Three: New Theoretical Perspectives 27.Children’s
participation as a struggle over recognition Robyn Fitzgerald, Anne Graham, Anne Smith and Nicola Taylor 28.Children and deliberative democracy Tom Cockburn
29.Governance and participation Kay Tisdall 30.After participation: the socio-spatial performance of intergenerational becoming Greg Mannion 31.Children as active citi>zens: an agenda for children’s civil rights and civic engagement Joachim Theis Conclusion: Emerging themes and new directions Barry Percy-Smith and Nigel Thoma

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Barry Percy-Smith is Professor of Childhood, Youth and Participatory Practice and Director of the Centre for Applied Child, Youth and Family Research at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He has extensive experience as a participatory action researcher in research, evaluation and development projects with children, young people and practitioners in a wide range of organisational, public sector and community contexts. He has undertaken numerous studies concerning the theory and practice of child and youth participation and youth transitions for national and international partners including Evaluation of children’s participation across all EU member states, EU H2020 PARTISPACE project (with Thomas) and projects for UNICEF and World Bank. He has published widely on these issues including the first edition of A Handbook of Children and Young People’s Participation: Perspectives from Theory and Practice (co-edited with Nigel Patrick Thomas, Routledge 2010). Nigel Patrick Thomas is Professor Emeritus of Childhood and Youth at the University of Central Lancashire, and Associate Director of The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation. Since publication of the first edition he has authored or co-authored 30 articles in peer reviewed journals and 10 book chapters, most of them on aspects of children and young people’s participation, and one book (Westwood et al., Participation, Citizenship and Intergenerational Relations in Children and Young People’s Lives, Palgrave Macmillan 2014). During this period he has also worked on three major projects led by Southern Cross University and funded by the Australian Research Council, and one (together with Percy-Smith) led by the Goethe University in Frankfurt and funded by the European Commission, as well as leading two projects for the Children’s Commissioner for England and a major international conference for the International Childhood and Youth Research Network. He is an editor of the Palgrave series Studies in Childhood and Youth, and chairs the Editorial Board of the the journal Children & Society.