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Understanding children as citizens: a model for service development.

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Listen Up: for children and young people’s participation and empowerment Understanding children as citizens: a model for service development International Forum for Child Welfare Cardiff, September 2008 Cath Larkins The Centre The Centre Background What we did in this project Children’s Definition Spot the Difference Tools for change What next? Welcome for children and young people’s participation and empowerment How do we think of children ? Objects - owned Subjects - ruled Citizens? Background The Centre for children and young people’s participation and empowerment Having the Status or Experience of: Rights Responsibilities Participation Identity Delanty 2000 What is citizenship? The Centre for children and young people’s participation and empowerment Yes! because they: participate and have rights, responsibilities and an identity No! The law says: Because they are not 18 they can’t make their own decisions about everything James and James 2004 Willow, Marchant, Kirkby and Neale 2004 Jans 2004 Invernizzi and Williams 2008 Are children citizens? The Centre for children and young people’s participation and empowerment Children citizens are listened to, taken seriously in all decisions Art 12 UNCRC Good things about citizenship Excludes people – ignores difference Prioritises responsibilities over rights Nyers 2004, Basok and Ilcan 2006 Osler and Starkey 2006, Roche 1999, Shier 2008 Bad things about citizenship The Centre for children and young people’s participation and empowerment Child sized? Differentiated? For all? Cohen 2005, Moosa Mitha 2005, Stasiulis 2002 Do we need citizenship to be: May – July 2008 Participatory Research (5 meetings) Three groups Gypsy Travellers Young Carers Disabled Children 25 children aged 8-13 16 girls and

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