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Children, young people and social inclusionParticipation for what?$
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Kay Tisdall, John Davis, and Malcolm Hill

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346629

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346629.001.0001

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International developments in children’s participation: lessons and challenges

International developments in children’s participation: lessons and challenges

(p.138) (p.139) Eight International developments in children’s participation: lessons and challenges
Children, young people and social inclusion

Gerison Lansdown

Policy Press

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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