Children and young people’s participation

A critical consideration of Article 12

Authored by: E. Kay M. Tisdall

Routledge International Handbook of Children’s Rights Studies

Print publication date:  March  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138023703
eBook ISBN: 9781315769530
Adobe ISBN: 9781317669739


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Children and young people’s participation 1 did not begin with the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC). Children and young people’s involvement in decision-making, within their families and communities, can be traced historically: from children and young people’s involvement within their household subsistence, to children’s school strikes in the early twentieth century, 2 to a child’s right to refuse or consent to being adopted in Scotland. 3 But the UNCRC galvanised adults to recognise children and young people’s rights to participate, as part of a broader human rights agenda. This has encouraged changes in law, policy and practice to ensure children’s rights to be heard; advocacy has developed across different contexts, from education to child labour to juvenile justice; numerous projects have been initiated, to encourage children and young people ‘to have a say’ in their services, their communities and in policy-making.

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