Product Description A Handbook of Children and Young People's Participation brings together key thinkers and practitioners from diverse contexts across the globe to provide an authoritative overview of contemporary theory and practice around childrenâs participation. Promoting the participation of children and young peopleÂ â in decision-making and policy development, and as active contributors to everyday family and community lifeÂ â has become a central part of policy and programme initiatives in both majority and minority worlds. This book presents the most useful recent work in childrenâs participation as a resource for academics, students and practitioners in childhood studies, childrenâs rights and welfare, child and family social work, youth and community work, governance, aid and development programmes. The book introduces key concepts and debates, and presents a rich collection of accounts of the diverse ways in which childrenâs participation is understood and enacted around the world, interspersed with reflective commentaries from adults and young people. It concludes with a number of substantial theoretical contributions that aim to take forward our understanding of childrenâs participation. The emphasis throughout the text is on learning from the complexity of childrenâs participation in practice to improve our theoretical understanding, and on using those theoretical insights to challenge practice, with the aim of realising childrenâs rights and citizenship more fully. Review âThis landmark book reveals how much our understanding of childrenâs 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 childrenâs rights.' - Martin Woodhead, Open University, UK 'The contributors to this ambitious and extremely accessible volume on childrenâs 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 âwhole systemâ action inquiry approaches in research, evaluation and development projects with children, young people, practitioners and policy makers. He is Coordinator of the Childrenâs Participation Learning Network, an international forum for critical debate about children and young peopleâs 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 peopleâs participation, inclusion and empowerment. He has twenty yearsâ experience of social work practice and has taught and researched extensively in the field of childrenâs welfare, rights and participation.