Researching Children's Perspectives
"This is a book which I will return to over time. It carries a powerful, and empowering, message about the task of researching children's views...(It) deserves to find an automatic place in staffroom libraries. I happily recommed it." - Support for Learning"
The 1990s have been marked by a growing emphasis, in various professional contexts, on obtaining the views of clients, including children. This position is an international one, shared across the developed world, and encapsulated in the UN Convention on the rights of the child. This book addresses the issues and practicalities surrounding the obtaining of children's views, particularly in the research context. The book takes a deliberately and explicitly pluralist stance. Its distinctiveness rests on the scrutiny of methodological issues pertaining to the collection of children's views and practical applications. The book is structured around two main sections. Section 1 examines five aspects of theoretical and conceptual issues (ethical issues and codes of conduct, children's rights, the legal perspective, developmental dimensions and sociological issues). Section 2 illustrates these aspects by focusing on methods and applications in obtaining children's views in specific projects.
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Parents who take part in research and provide information about their child , or who agree to their child participating ... obligation to act in the child's interests and the rights of the mature child to make decisions independently .
authority can agree to research with the child only if this is reasonable for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child's welfare ( Children Act 1989 s.3 ( 5 ) ) . Local authorities are required to consult and consider the ...
The legal system and the research project When social services departments have child protection concerns about the care of certain children and young people , they may decide to make an application to the court for a care or ...
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