Reflections on the enactment of children's participation rights through research: Between transactional and relational spaces.

Nolas, Sevasti-Melissa (2011) Reflections on the enactment of children's participation rights through research: Between transactional and relational spaces. Children and Youth Services Review, 33 (7). pp. 1196-12012. ISSN 0190-7409

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Abstract

Young people's participation in the evaluation of services designed for them has become widespread in England following the United Kingdom's ratification of the UNCRC. This makes participation a matter of citizenship as well as of research. The paper reflects on these developments from a critical social psychological perspective. In particular it looks at the experience of working with a transformational model of participation. The author reflects on the possibilities and limitations of such a model and argues that within the English socio-cultural context a number of challenges, conceptualised by the author as transactional practices, make the establishment of enduring relational practices difficult. Epistemological reflexivity and a pragmatic approach towards children's participation rights are advocated by the author as a way of managing the conflicts between different participatory approaches that present themselves in practice.

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Published online in February 2011.

Research Areas:School of Health and Education > Health & Education
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ID Code:7590
Deposited On:12 Apr 2011 10:49
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