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Engaging young people as partners for change: The UR Community project / Anthony Charles, Kevin Haines

International Journal of Children's Rights, Volume: 27, Pages: 140 - 175

Swansea University Author: Anthony Charles

DOI (Published version): 10.1163/15718182-02701007

Abstract

Despite young people's right to participate in decision making being enshrined in the UNCRC, it is not the case that they are universally able to be heard when adults make decisions concerning policy and service delivery. In fact, despite wishing to engage with adults decision makers, young peo...

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Published in: International Journal of Children's Rights
Published: 2019
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa45091
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Abstract: Despite young people's right to participate in decision making being enshrined in the UNCRC, it is not the case that they are universally able to be heard when adults make decisions concerning policy and service delivery. In fact, despite wishing to engage with adults decision makers, young people largely remain unable to do so. This article reports what happened when an innovative project, undertaken in partnership with young people was operationalised in Swansea. Through the project, UR Community, insights into how research can be better undertaken with young people and participation rights be realised at a local level are offered. Such insights are important, not least because they challenge what both young people and adults understand by participation, its power and exercise.
Keywords: Young people, participation rights, Article 12, UNCRC, methodology, engagement, children’s rights
College: Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law
Start Page: 140
End Page: 175