By Barry Percy-Smith, Nigel Thomas
A instruction manual of kids and younger People's Participation brings jointly key thinkers and practitioners from different contexts around the globe to supply an authoritative review of up to date concept and perform round children’s participation. selling the participation of youngsters and younger people – in decision-making and coverage improvement, and as energetic members to daily kinfolk and neighborhood life – has turn into a important a part of coverage and programme tasks in either majority and minority worlds. This publication offers the main precious contemporary paintings in children’s participation as a source for lecturers, scholars and practitioners in formative years reports, children’s rights and welfare, baby and relatives social paintings, formative years and group paintings, governance, reduction and improvement programmes. The ebook introduces key thoughts and debates, and offers a wealthy selection of debts of the varied ways that children’s participation is known and enacted worldwide, interspersed with reflective commentaries from adults and teenagers. It concludes with a few massive theoretical contributions that target to take ahead our figuring out of children’s participation. The emphasis through the textual content is on studying from the complexity of children’s participation in perform to enhance our theoretical knowing, and on utilizing these theoretical insights to problem perform, with the purpose of realising children’s rights and citizenship extra totally.
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David Driskell (2002: 17), in his manual derived from the experiences of the Growing Up in Cities revisitation, wrote: one of the most effective strategies for creating better cities is through the actual process of participation: helping young people to listen to one another, to respect differences of opinion, and to find common ground; developing their capacities for critical thinking, evaluation and reflection; supporting their processes of discovery, awareness building, and collective problemsolving; and helping them to develop the knowledge and skills for making a difference in their world.
The critique of the frequent failure to build sustainable links between these activities and the children’s own local communities has been well rehearsed. It is a phenomenon which is probably unique to the situation of children. Comparable difficulties are less likely to arise with adults, because it is easier for them to organise themselves from the grassroots and form their own associations and networks. It raises three key, linked issues of concern. First, it can lead to a lack of legitimacy.
Children experience greater challenges in forging the necessary building blocks to ensure a continuity of dialogue between themselves as individuals and their peers, and consequent legitimacy for their involvement. There is a need, therefore, to support the development of child-led initiatives at local level which can serve to generate cohorts of children able and mandated to speak on behalf of their peers. The second challenge is to avoid replicating existing power structures. Children’s participation provides opportunities for them to challenge power elites and structures which serve to oppress them and, in so doing, to render them more accountable.
A Handbook of Children and Young People's Participation : Perspectives from Theory and Practice by Barry Percy-Smith, Nigel Thomas