Councils, consultation and community: Rethinking the spaces for children and young people's participation

Percy-Smith, B. (2010) Councils, consultation and community: Rethinking the spaces for children and young people's participation. Children's Geographies, 8 (2). pp. 107-122. ISSN 1473-3285

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14733281003691368

Abstract

The participation of children and young people in decisions that affect them is now mainstream in social and public policy in the UK. Yet for many young people formal participation opportunities are abstracted from everyday lives and concerns. Children may not feel empowered despite the existence of formal structures for participation. This raises questions about how ‘spaces’ for participation are constructed. This paper critiques prevailing models of participation in formal structures and instead, argues for the need to rethink children’s participation as a more diverse set of social processes rooted in everyday environments and interactions.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:children's participation, spaces, active citizenship,everyday community contexts, social learning, empowerment
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Health and Social Sciences
ID Code:11372
Deposited By: Dr B. Percy-Smith
Deposited On:03 Nov 2010 10:31
Last Modified:22 Oct 2013 10:19

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