Recent decades have seen an upsurge of research with and about young children, their families and communities. The Handbook of Early Childhood Research will provide a landmark overview of the field of early childhood research and will set an agenda for early childhood research into the future. It includes 31 chapters provided by internationally recognized experts in early childhood research. The team of international contributors apply their expertise to conceptual and methodological issues in research and to relevant fields of practice and policy. The Handbook recognizes the main contexts of early childhood research: home and family contexts; out-of-home contexts such as services for young children and their families; and broader societal contexts of that evoke risk for young children. The Handbook includes sections on: the field of early childhood research and its key contributions new theories and theoretical approaches in early childhood research collecting and analysing data applications of early childhood research This Handbook will become the valuable reference text for students, practitioners and researchers from across the social sciences and beyond who are engaged in research with young children.
Chapter 5: Participation, Rights and ‘Participatory’ Methods
Participation, Rights and ‘Participatory’ Methods
A wave of interest in children's participation has swept across countries around the world, from Brazil to South Africa to the UK. This wave has been greatly assisted by the assertion of children's rights through the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), ratified by all States Parties except the United States of America. The UNCRC covers the more ‘traditional’ rights of provision and protection. More radically, the UNCRC contains a range of rights frequently referred to as ‘participation’ rights.
The UNCRC applies to all children under the age of 18 (unless a child attains majority earlier), including young children. The United Nations (UN) Committee on the Rights of the ...