This book showcases rights based participatory approaches to policy-making, practice and research with children and youth.

Throughout its three parts, the book conceptualises a rights-based participatory approach; showcases constructive and innovative rights based participatory approaches across the domains of research, policy and practice; and interrogates the challenges and complexities in the implementation of such an approach. In recent times, Ireland has been at the forefront of promoting and implementing participatory approaches to policy-making, practice and research focused on children and youth. This edited volume is a timely opportunity to capture previously undocumented learning generated from a wide range of innovative participatory initiatives implemented in Ireland. In capturing this learning, real world guidance will be provided to international policy-makers, practitioners and researchers working with children and youth.

This book is essential reading for those interested in a rights based participatory approach, for those who want to appropriately and meaningfully engage children and youth in research, and for those wishing to maximise the contribution of children and youth in policy-making.

chapter |11 pages


ByDeirdre Horgan, Danielle Kennan

part 1|71 pages

Child and youth participation in policy

chapter 1|15 pages

Partnering for child participation

Reflections from a policy-maker and a professor
ByLaura Lundy, Anne O’Donnell

chapter 2|13 pages

Informing policy dialogue

The Youth as Researchers Programme
ByDanielle Kennan, Pat Dolan, Ella Anderson, Kalem Garrett

chapter 3|14 pages

“The Children's Soap Box”

Evaluating active citizenship through creative engagement
ByAnnie Cummins, Deirdre Horgan, Shirley Martin

chapter 4|14 pages

“Are they going to do anything with this info”?

Implementing children's perspectives on play and recreation policies
ByCarol Barron

chapter 5|13 pages

Visible, valued and included

Prioritising youth participation in policy-making for the Irish LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy
ByNerilee Ceatha, Ayrton Kelly, Tara Killeen
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part 2|69 pages

Child and youth participation in practice

chapter 6|16 pages

Amplifying seldom heard voices

ByNaomi Feely, Pádraic Fleming, Siobhán Greene

chapter 10|13 pages

Art makes you

Co-production with young people at the National Gallery of Ireland
ByCatherine O’Donnell

part 3|60 pages

Child and youth participation in research

chapter 12|14 pages

Children's research advisory groups

Moving from adult-research agendas to co-creation with children
ByDeirdre Horgan, Shirley Martin

chapter 13|12 pages

Addressing race in participatory research with children and young people

Art-based methods, silence and “voice”
BySusan McDonnell

chapter 14|8 pages

Reflections from young research collaborators

From consultative research to child-led dissemination
ByMarianne Joyce, Emma Shalvey, Lucy Fitzpatrick

chapter 15|13 pages

The process and impact of involving children in the HBSC Ireland study

ByColette Kelly, Natasha Daniels, Lorraine Burke, András Költő, Anne O’Donnell, Olive McGovern, Saoirse Nic Gabhainn

chapter |10 pages


ByDeirdre Horgan, Danielle Kennan