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A Handbook of Children and Young People’s Participation
Conversations for Transformational Change

ISBN 9780415468527
Published September 18, 2009 by Routledge
404 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This new edition of A Handbook of Children and Young People’s Participation: Conversations for Transformational Change, reflects the current reality of children and young people’s participation. Containing all new content, it explores the changes that have been achieved in theory and practice in the last decade as well as the challenges and indeed, the failures that have been observed in the capacity of dominant participation approaches with children in achieving genuine societal transformation. Including theoretical contributions as well as reports on innovative practice from contributors, chapters cover the following: • relational and intergenerational framings; • children as ‘active citizens’; • children’s protagonism and activism; • participation in a digital world; • participation on the move; • children’s participation during and following the COVID pandemic; • participation in different socio-cultural/political contexts; • participation as learning for change (for adults and children); • impact and transformation; • ethics and participation. Foregrounding aspects of participation as experienced by diverse groups of children and young people, it especially illuminates the experiences and perspectives of participation relating to groups of children whose participation is especially challenging, such as refugees and unaccompanied minors, disabled children, children within institutions and children of indigenous groups in a wide range of contexts. It will be suitable for use on a wide range of courses including childhood studies, sociology, law and children’s rights and social work.

Table of Contents

Changing norms and beliefs about children’s agency in everyday life; Relational and intergenerational framings; Children as ‘active citizens’; Children’s protagonism and activism; Participation in a digital world; Participation on the move; Children’s participation during and following the COVID pandemic; Participation in different socio-cultural/political contexts; Participation as learning for change (for adults and children); Impact and transformation; Ethics and participation

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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. Claire O’Kane is a child rights practitioner and researcher. She is a qualified social worker with a Masters in Applied Social Studies, and a post-graduate diploma in social research and evaluation from UK universities. She has more than 25 years of international experience in child rights, participation, civic engagement, peacebuilding, care and protection work in development and humanitarian contexts in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Claire worked with Save the Children for many years, and she has been working as a freelance child rights consultant since 2011 and as a senior associate with Proteknôn since 2019. She has direct experience of participatory work with marginalised girls and boys, supporting child led and collaborative advocacy by street connected children, working children, children living in alternative care, and children affected by conflict. Claire has authored more than 60 publications on child rights, participation, citizenship, peacebuilding, care and protection, including contributions to edited books and peer-reviewed journals. Afua Twum-Danso Imoh is Senior Lecturer in Global Childhoods and Welfare at the University of Bristol. Drawing upon an interdisciplinary background, her research focuses on children’s rights and social and cultural norms; parent-child relations and the implications for children’s wellbeing and rights; the impact of historical developments and more recent social changes on constructions of childhood and child rearing practices; and children’s participatory rights with a focus on trying to move beyond a focus on voice. Much of this research has concentrated on Ghana and Nigeria in particular, including two projects on children’s participation in the Niger Delta of Nigeria and in Accra, Ghana. Her work has been published in a number of edited collections as well as in peer-reviewed journals. She is also the lead co-editor of three edited collections: Childhoods at the Intersection of the Global and the Local (published by Palgrave in October 2012), Children’s Lives in an Era of Children’s Rights: The Progress of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Africa (published by Routledge in December 2013) Global Childhoods Beyond the North-South Divide (published by Palgrave in 2018).