‘This landmark book reveals how much our understanding of children’s right to participate has grown in the twenty years since the launch of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is a basic resource for anyone who believes in children's rights and capacities as citizens.' - Roger A. Hart, City University of New York, USA
The Handbook will be an essential resource for anyone embarking on a child participation initiative as well as for students and scholars in childhood research and children’s rights.' - Martin Woodhead, Open University, UK
'The contributors to this ambitious and extremely accessible volume on children’s participation are to be congratulated for their ground-breaking work...The Handbook is an essential read for scholars, policy-makers, practitioners and children's rights advocates.' - Jo Boyden, University of Oxford, UK
"I found this volume very informative and intellectually stimulating. The phenomena described and the issues debated are indeed familiar. This Handbook is well worth a careful reading, and I recommend it with enthusiasm."—Social Work with Groups
About the Author
Barry Percy-Smith is Reader in Childhood and Participatory Practice at the SOLAR Action Research Centre, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. He has extensive experience using participatory and ‘whole system’ action inquiry approaches in research, evaluation and development projects with children, young people, practitioners and policy makers. He is Coordinator of the Children’s Participation Learning Network, an international forum for critical debate about children and young people’s participation, and has published and presented numerous papers on the subject.
Nigel Thomas is Professor of Childhood and Youth Research at the University of Central Lancashire, UK, and Co-Director of The Centre, which exists to promote and research children and young people’s participation, inclusion and empowerment. He has twenty years’ experience of social work practice and has taught and researched extensively in the field of children’s welfare, rights and participation.