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Dr Kay Tisdall, Programme Director of the MSc in Childhood Studies, University of Edinburgh. http://www.childhoodstudies.ed.ac.uk ...

Dr Kay Tisdall, Programme Director of the MSc in Childhood Studies, University of Edinburgh. http://www.childhoodstudies.ed.ac.uk

Session 1 - Children's Voices, citizenship and inclusion. Chair: Sally Kuenssberg

Getting It Right for Every Child: Childhood, Citizenship and Children's Services, Glasgow, 24-26 September 2008.

http://www.iriss.org.uk/conference/girfec

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Listening to Children: Taking children and young people's participation forward - Kay Tisdall Listening to Children: Taking children and young people's participation forward - Kay Tisdall Presentation Transcript

  • Children, Young People and Participation Dr Kay Tisdall Programme Director, MSc in Childhood Studies University of Edinburgh [email_address] www.childhoodstudies.ed.ac.uk
    • You are the manager of a day nursery. The Care Commission is coming to inspect.
    • Your staff ask you – what does this standard mean?
      • Children and young people will have opportunities to express their views, exercise choice and, where possible, influence the programme. (Standard 5.4)
  • The good news story
    • The participation of children and young people in ‘public’ decision-making has gained unprecedented policy prominence.
    • Children’s rights to participate are increasingly recognised in the UK, in official government policy and legislation. This has been greatly assisted by the UNCRC.
    • Services are increasingly expected to involve children and young people.
    • Participation activities have proliferated.
    • Is it clear what the purpose of the participation is? Is it purposeful or just a ‘tick box’?
    • Which children are included?
    • How do we (adults) interpret what children are saying?
    • How do children’s views fit amongst other stakeholders?
    • Is the participation meaningful to those involved?
    • Is the participation having any impact on decisions?
    • Is the participation ethical? (Sinclair 2004)
    What challenges do you face?
  • Discourses of Participation
    • To uphold children’s rights
    • To fulfil legal responsibilities
    • To improve services
    • To improve decision-making
    • To enhance democratic processes
    • To promote children’s protection
    • To enhance children’s skills
    • To empower and enhance self-esteem
    Sinclair and Franklin 2000
  • What is not there?
    • Performance
    • Political mobilisation and emancipation
    • Age discrimination
  • Back to the vignette …
    • The involvement of young children
    • A fixation on ‘voice’?
    • The role of adults
    • You are the manager of a day nursery. The Care Commission is coming to inspect.
    • Your staff ask you – what does this standard mean?
      • Children and young people will have opportunities to express their views, exercise choice and, where possible, influence the programme. (Standard 5.4)
    • References
    • Sinclair, R. and Franklin, A., “Young People’s Participation” Quality Protects Research Briefing (2000) accessed at http://www.rip.org.uk/publications/documents/QPB/QPB3.PDF (2.11.07)
    • Sinclair, R. (2004) ‘Participation in practice: making it meaningful, effective and sustainable’, Children & Society , 18(2): 106-118.
    • Related papers
    • Tisdall, E.K.M. (2009) ‘Governance, Civil Society and Participation’, in Percy-Smith, B. and Thomas, N. (eds) A Handbook of Children’s Participation , London: Routledge. (forthcoming)
    • Tisdall, E.K.M. (2008) “The rise of a new profession? Children’s participation workers”, in Allan, J., Ozga, J. and Smyth, G. (Eds) Social Capital, Professionalism and Diversity , Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. (forthcoming)
    • Tisdall, E.K.M. (2008) ‘Is the honeymoon over? Children and Young People’s Participation in Public Decision-Making’ International Journal of Children’s Rights, Special Issue 16(3): 419-429.
    • Tisdall, E.K.M., Davis, J.M. and Gallagher, M. (2008) ‘Reflecting upon children and young people’s participation in the UK‘, International Journal of Children’s Rights, Special Issue 16(3): 343-354.
    • Tisdall, E.K.M. and Bell, R. (2006) ‘Included in Governance? Children’s participation in ‘public’ decision-making’ in Tisdall, E.K.M., Davis, J., Hill, M. and Prout, A. (Eds) Children, young people and social inclusion: participation for what? Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 105-120.
    • Tisdall, K. and Davis, J. (2004) ‘Making a Difference? Bringing children’s and young people’s views into policy-making’ Children & Society 18(2): 131-142.
    • Hill, M., Davis, J., Prout, A. and Tisdall, K. (2004) ‘Moving the participation agenda forward’ Children & Society 18(2): 77-96.