International developments in children’s participation: lessons and challenges

Gerison Lansdown

in Children, young people and social inclusion

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346629
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301820 | DOI:
International developments in children’s participation: lessons and challenges

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This chapter suggests that the challenges to be faced in realising the right to participation are broadly comparable across all societies, although the scale and particular nature of the barriers vary. Interestingly, many of the most radical initiatives in child participation have evolved in the developing world. Emerging common themes are that: all children can participate; children need to be able to define their own agendas; adults can learn and benefit from children's experience; participation enhances children's evolving capacities; experience is as significant as age in influencing capacity; respectful and continuing adult support is essential; participation is a protective process; children have strengths to offer other children; participation needs to be linked to children's own daily lives; and access to people with power is a prerequisite to achieving sustained change.

Keywords: social participation; adult support; child participation; children's experience

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Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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