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Children and young people’s participation
Children and young people’s participation

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1.2 Independent studies

Independent study 1

Read the article ‘How children feel about their local housing estates’ by Eleanor Frank, aged 11.

Eleanor Frank carried out this original research into views about her local housing estate when she was 11 years old. When reading her study, reflect on the findings that she presents and what contributions you think young people can make to policy decisions about local environments. Write notes on the following:

  • How many different sectors of the children’s workforce might be involved in implementing some of her findings?
  • Would there be an integrated response, or do you think that some children’s services are more willing to engage with children’s research than others?

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Independent study 2

Read the extract from the article ‘Participation in practice: making it meaningful, effective and sustainable’. As you read it, reflect on the findings of the young people with learning disabilities featured in the WeCan2 case study in the Mary Kellett reading, and make notes on the following question:

  • How meaningful, effective and sustainable do you consider children and young people’s participation to be?

This extract was taken from  Chapter 3 ‘Children and young people’s participation’ by Mary Kellett. First published in 2009 by The Policy Press • University of Bristol Fourth Floor • Beacon House Queen’s Road • Bristol BS8 1QU, UK Tel +44 (0)117 331 4054 • Fax +44 (0)117 331 4093 e-mail • North American office: The Policy Press • c/o International Specialized Books Services (ISBS) 920 NE 58th Avenue, Suite 300 • Portland, OR 97213-3786, USA Tel +1 503 287 3093 • Fax +1 503 280 8832 e-mail in association with The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, United Kingdom, © 2009 compilation, original and editorial material, The Open University.

Participation in practice: making it meaningful, effective and sustainable