For centuries, residential child and youth care systems worldwide have provided homes for vulnerable children and adolescents. The implementation of children's rights, especially the right of participation, is assessed as an important base for promoting the best interests of the child in an out-of-home care environment.

Featuring contributions from distinguished international authors, this volume offers an in-depth understanding of crucial participation processes and underlying power structures when involving young people in decision-making about their care and everyday life in different out-of-home care institutions. Contributions cover a broad spectrum of current research findings concerning the participation of young people in foster families and residential living groups in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland as well as cross-nationals perspective on children and young people’s participation in foster and residential care placements in Great Britain and France.

The volume fills major gaps concerning the participation of young people in different out-of-home care and policy settings and will be required reading for policymakers, researchers, practitioners, scholars, and students interested in increasing opportunities for young people’s participation and creating better out-of-home care settings for vulnerable young people.

chapter |12 pages

Participation of Children and Young People in Alternative Care – Introduction

ByClaudia Equit, Jade Purtell

chapter 1|17 pages

Beyond Youth-Centeredness in the Residential Care Participation Discourse

Moving From Aesthetics to Everyday Life Where Young People Matter
ByKiaras Gharabaghi

chapter 2|20 pages

Increasing Opportunities for Care-Experienced Young People's Participation in Decision-Making About State Care

Embedding Ethical Approaches in an Australian Context
ByJade Purtell, Jenna Bollinger, Beverley Scott

chapter 3|15 pages

Professional Practice in Rights-Based Foster Care, and the Child's Right to Participate

ByAsgeir Falch-Eriksen, Karmen Toros

chapter 5|14 pages

Can Children's Participation Be Promoted From the Outside?

Insights From Sweden on Public Monitoring of Foster and Residential Care
ByDavid Pålsson

chapter 6|16 pages

A Reflection on the Collective Participation of Youth in Foster Care in Context

Limits, Barriers and Opportunities
ByRebecca Jackson, Bernadine Brady, Cormac Forkan, Edel Tierney

chapter 7|17 pages

Participation of Young People in Residential Care

Professionals' Perceptions About Barriers and Facilitators in Portugal
ByEunice Magalhães, Micaela Pinheiro, Maria Manuela Calheiros

chapter 8|18 pages

“How We See This”

Young People's View on Participation in Switzerland: Results and Reflections on Preventing Victimization in Residential Care
ByStefan Eberitzsch, Samuel Keller, Julia Rohrbach

chapter 10|17 pages

Independent Professional Advocacy in Daycare Centers Promoting Young People's Participation in Italy

ByValentina Calcaterra, Maria Luisa Raineri

chapter |12 pages


Challenges and Progress for Participating Young People in Residential Groups and Foster Families
ByClaudia Equit, Jade Purtell