1st Edition

Child and Youth Participation in Policy, Practice and Research

Edited By Deirdre Horgan, Danielle Kennan Copyright 2022
    246 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    246 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book showcases rights based participatory approaches to policy-making, practice and research with children and youth.

    Throughout its three parts, the book conceptualises a rights-based participatory approach; showcases constructive and innovative rights based participatory approaches across the domains of research, policy and practice; and interrogates the challenges and complexities in the implementation of such an approach. In recent times, Ireland has been at the forefront of promoting and implementing participatory approaches to policy-making, practice and research focused on children and youth. This edited volume is a timely opportunity to capture previously undocumented learning generated from a wide range of innovative participatory initiatives implemented in Ireland. In capturing this learning, real world guidance will be provided to international policy-makers, practitioners and researchers working with children and youth.

    This book is essential reading for those interested in a rights based participatory approach, for those who want to appropriately and meaningfully engage children and youth in research, and for those wishing to maximise the contribution of children and youth in policy-making.

    Deirdre Horgan and Danielle Kennan

    Part 1: Child and Youth Participation in Policy

    1. Partnering for child participation: reflections from a policy maker and a professor
      Laura Lundy and Anne O’Donnell
    2. Informing Policy Dialogue: The Youth as Researchers Programme
      Danielle Kennan, Pat Dolan, Ella Anderson and Kalem Garrett.
    3. ‘The Children's Soap Box': Evaluating active citizenship through creative engagement.
      Annie Cummins, Deirdre Horgan and Shirley Martin.
    4. ‘Are they going to do anything with this info?’: Implementing Children’s Perspectives on play and recreation policies. 
      Carol Barron.
    5. Visible, valued and included: Prioritising youth participation in policy-making for the Irish LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy
      Nerilee Ceatha, Ayrton Kelly, and Tara Kileen.

    Part 2: Child and Youth Participation in Practice

    6. Amplifying Seldom Heard Voices
    Naomi Feely, Padraic Fleming and Siobhan Greene.

    7. Children and adolescents’ participation in information-sharing and healthcare decision-making.
    Imelda Coyne and Ana Martins

    8. Young Peoples Experiences of Youth Participation in a Mental Health Organisation
    Aoife Price and Michael Feely

    9. A Multi-faceted Approach to Embedding Rights Based Participatory Practice in Child Protection, Welfare and Family Support Services.
    Avril Dooley, Michelle Sheehan and Jackie Concannon

    10. Art Makes You: Co-production with young people at the National Gallery of Ireland
    Catherine O’Donnell. 

    Part 3: Child and Youth Participation in Research

    11. Locating the (adult) researcher in participatory research with children.
    Harry Shier

    12. Children’s Research Advisory Groups: moving from adult-research agendas to co-creation with children.
    Deirdre Horgan and Shirley Martin

    13. Addressing race in participatory research with children and young people: Art-based methods, silence and ‘voice’.
    Susan McDonnell

    14. Reflections from Young Research Collaborators: From Consultative Research to Child-led Dissemination.
    Marianne Joyce, Emma Shalvey and Lucy Fitzpatrick.

    15. The process and impact of involving children in the HBSC Ireland study.  
    Colette Kelly, Natasha Daniels, Lorraine Burke, Olive McGovern, András Költő, Anne O’Donnell and Saoirse Nic Gabhainn

    Deirdre Horgan and Danielle Kennan


    Deirdre Horgan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Applied Social Studies, and Deputy Director of the BA (Early Years and Childhood Studies) at University College Cork, Ireland. Her research interests include childhood, child welfare and protection, children’s rights and participation, children’s research methods, and child migration. Deirdre has published widely on these topics. She has conducted a number of funded research projects using child participatory methods as well as reporting on government consultations with children on a range of policy issues. She is currently co-investigator on IMMERSE - an Horizon 2020 project on socio-educational integration of children with migrant backgrounds.

    Danielle Kennan is a Lecturer in Applied Social Science in the School of Political Science and Sociology at National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) and a Senior Researcher with the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway, Ireland. Danielle has an inter-disciplinary expertise in human rights law and child and youth studies. She has a particular research interest in child and youth participation rights and participatory research methodologies. She has published widely in this field.