This new edition of A Handbook of Children and Young People’s Participation brings together work from research and practice to reflect on some of the key developments in the field since the first edition published in 2010.

Subtitled ‘Conversations for Transformational Change’, the collection focuses on both ongoing and new discourses that enable us to advance thinking and practice to better understand what it means for participation to be transformational. Featuring all new content, it explores the developments that have been achieved in theory and practice in the last decade as well as the challenges and, indeed, the limitations of dominant participation approaches with children and young people in achieving genuine societal transformation. A key feature of the Handbook is the inclusion of young people as co-authors in many of the chapters.

Foregrounding aspects of participation as experienced by diverse groups of children and young people, the book especially illuminates the experiences and perspectives of participation relating to groups of children who face particular challenges, such as displaced children and children living with disabilities and young people from indigenous groups in a range of contexts.

The broad spectrum of debates that the text covers will be invaluable in challenging and transforming thinking and practice for a wide range of scholars, practitioners, activists and young people themselves. It will additionally be suitable for use on a wide range of courses including childhood and youth studies, sociology, law, political studies, community development, development studies, children’s rights, citizenship studies, education and social work.

chapter |6 pages


The shifting landscape of children and young people's participation: looking forward, looking back

part one|69 pages


section Section one|25 pages

Continuing challenges

section Section two|41 pages

Intergenerational dynamics and the role of adults

chapter 4|7 pages

‘There was no fence’

Reconceptualising children's participation for transformative change within a school context

chapter 8|9 pages

Transformative spaces

Intergenerational partnership and personal transformation at the heart (and art) of child participation

part two|117 pages


section Section one|39 pages

Participation as a learning process

chapter 10|9 pages

Politics, participation and the pandemic

Reflections on new democratic engagement and participatory inquiry growing up under Covid-19

chapter 11|10 pages

‘Hope in the present’

Foregrounding uncertainty in transformative education for sustainability in the Global South

section Section two|43 pages

Children and young people as researchers

chapter 13|10 pages

Children's Circle of Learning

Doing critical sexuality education in India

chapter 14|9 pages

From principles to practice

Application of child participation principles in collaborative participatory research between children and adults in Mali, Somalia and Sudan

chapter 15|7 pages

Peer research, power and ethics

Navigating participatory research in an Africa-focused mobilities study before and during Covid-19

chapter 17|8 pages

Learning from experience

Sistematización of ten years of action research by children and adolescents with CESESMA in Nicaragua

section Section three|31 pages

Participation seen from ‘above’ and ‘below’

chapter 18|7 pages

Representation and conflict

Tensions of youth participation

chapter 19|7 pages

Children's participation in Aotearoa New Zealand

Changes, challenges and indigenous critiques

chapter 20|7 pages

Affecting change in different contexts

Children's participation in social and public policy dialogues in Brazil, Canada and South Africa

chapter 21|8 pages


Culture and identity in enabling meaningful opportunities

part three|118 pages


section Section one|40 pages

Children and young people as activists

chapter 23|7 pages

Children and young people's activism in Brazil

From the fringes of society to the centre of decision-making

chapter 25|8 pages

Being a young political actor

Reflections with young domestic abuse survivors from the frontline of transformative participation

section Section two|38 pages

Children and young people contesting inequalities and striving for inclusion

chapter 28|8 pages

Courageous Conversations

Youth participatory action research as resistance

chapter 29|10 pages

The future is ours

Young people and the inclusive city

chapter 30|10 pages

Belonging and agency

The transformatory power of participatory design with children affected by displacement

section Section three|38 pages

Children and young people responding to the climate crisis

chapter 33|8 pages

Greta Thunberg's climate activism

Challenging generational and economic power

chapter |9 pages


Moving forwards for meaningful and transformative participation