International Perspectives and Empirical Findings on Child Participation: From Social Exclusion to…

Hardcover | May 1, 2015

byTali Gal, Benedetta Duramy

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The 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has inspired advocates and policy makers across the globe, injecting children's rights terminology into various public and private arenas. Children's right to participate in decision-making processes affecting their lives is the acme of theConvention and its central contribution to the children's rights discourse. At the same time the participation right presents enormous challenges in its implementation. Laws, regulations and mechanisms addressing children's right to participate in decision-making processes affecting their lives havebeen established in many jurisdictions across the globe. Yet these worldwide developments have only rarely been accompanied with empirical investigations. The effectiveness of various policies in achieving meaningful participation for children of different ages, cultures and circumstances haveremained largely unproven empirically. Therefore, with the growing awareness of the importance of evidence-based policies, it becomes clear that without empirical investigations on the implementation of children's right to participation it is difficult to promote their effective inclusion indecision making.This book provides a much-needed, first broad portrayal of how child participation is implemented in practice today. Bringing together 19 chapters written by prominent authors from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Israel, the book includesdescriptions of programs that engage children and youth in decision-making processes, as well as insightful findings regarding what children, their families, and professionals think about these programs. Beyond their contribution to the empirical evidence on ways children engage in decision-makingprocesses, the volume's chapters contribute to the theoretical development of the meaning of "participation," "citizenship," "inclusiveness," and "relational rights" in regards to children and youth. There is no matching to the book's scope both in terms of its breadth of subjects and the diversityof jurisdictions it covers. The book's chapters include experiences of child participation in special education, child protection, juvenile justice, restorative justice, family disputes, research, and policy making.

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The 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has inspired advocates and policy makers across the globe, injecting children's rights terminology into various public and private arenas. Children's right to participate in decision-making processes affecting their lives is the acme of theConvention and its central contribution to the ...

Tali Gal, PhD, is Assistant Professor and Head of the MA Program at the University of Haifa School of Criminology. Dr. Gal's research interests, teaching, and publications involve children's rights, restorative justice, victims' rights, and therapeutic jurisprudence. Her book Child Victims and Restorative Justice--A Needs-Rights Model ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:500 pages, 9.29 × 6.3 × 1.1 inPublished:May 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Tali Gal and Benedetta Faedi Duramy: Introduction1. Laura A. Rosenbury: A Feminist Perspective on Children and Law: From Objectification to Relational SubjectivityPart I. Child participation in education and research settings2. Mona Pare: Inclusion and participation in special education processes in Ontario, Canada3. Eran Uziely: Implementing the principle of child participation: Pupil's participation in placement committees in Israel4. Nigel Thomas: Children and Young People's Participation in ResearchPart II. Child participation in family disputes5. Aisling Parkes: Implementation of Article 12 in Family Law Proceedings in Ireland and New Zealand: Lessons Learned and Messages for Going Forward6. Nicholas Bala, Rachel Birnbaum, and Francine Cyr: Judicial Interviews of Children in Canada's Family Courts: Growing Acceptance But Still Controversial7. Tamar Morag, Yoa Sorek, and Anat Inbar: Children's Participation in Israeli Family Courts: An Account of an Ongoing Learning ProcessPart III. Participatory mechanisms for children at risk8. Sharon Bessel: Inclusive and Respectful Relationships as the Basis for Child Inclusive Policies and Practice: The Experience of Children in Out-of-Home Care in Australia9. Jodi Hall, Joan Pennell and RV Rikard: Child and Family Team Meetings: The Need for Youth Participation in Educational Success10. Gale Burford and Sarah Gallagher: Teen experiences of exclusion, inclusion and participation in child protection and youth justice in Vermont11. Anne Graham, Robyn Fitzgerald, and Judith Cashmore: Professionals' Conceptions of "Children," "Childhood" and "Participation" in an Australian Family Relationship Services Sector OrganisationPart IV. Child participation in the criminal process12. Lynne Marie Kohm: Teen Courts: Children Participating in Justice13. Emily Buss: The Developmental Stakes of Youth Participation in American Juvenile Court14. Lorenn Walker, Cheri Tarutani, and Diana McKibben: Benefits of Restorative Reentry Circles for Children of Incarcerated Parents in Hawai'iPart IV. Child participation in the criminal process12. Lynn Marie Kohm: Teen Courts: Children Participating in Justice13. Emily Buss: The Developmental Stakes of Youth Participation in American Juvenile Court14. Lorenn Walker, Cheri Tarutani, and Diana McKibben: Benefits of Restorative Reentry Circles for Children of Incarcerated Parents in Hawai'iPart V. Child participation in the public sphere15. Chelsea Marshall, Bronagh Byrne, and Laura Lundy: Face to face: children and young people's right to participate in public decision-making16. E. Kay M. Tisdall: Addressing the challenges of children and young people's participation: considering time and space17. Tara M. Collins: Child Participation in Monitoring the Convention on the Rights of the Child18. Benedetta Faedi Duramy: Children's Participation in Haiti19. Tali Gal: Conclusion - From Social Exclusion to Child-Inclusive Policies: Toward an Ecological Model of Child Participation