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Conclusion: social inclusion, the welfare state and understanding children’s participation

Alan Prout, E Kay and M Tisdall

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346629.003.0013
Conclusion: social inclusion, the welfare state and understanding children’s participation

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This chapter summarises the key themes of the book. As a whole, the book has demonstrated a point fundamental to arguments in favour of children's participation: that children are not simply empty containers, to be filled and moulded by adult knowledge. Social inclusion/exclusion should logically entail questions of participation. If children are excluded and there is a need to include them, then creating conditions for active participation must be at the core of any solutions proposed or attempted. This chapter also considers how research, policy and practice around children's participation can be developed by considering three related themes running through the various contributions. These are: social inclusion/exclusion and children; the implications of children's participation for the welfare state; and understandings of children's participation.

Keywords: social inclusion; social exclusion; welfare state; child participation

Chapter.  4406 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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