Conclusion: Emerging themes and new directions

Barry Percy-Smith, Nigel Thomas

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Drawing together conclusions from the range and diversity of material included in this Handbook is something of a challenge. We could argue that this very diversity is a vindication of the undertaking, and one of the key messages to be drawn from the book. People are working in many different social settings, and many different structural and cultural contexts, to promote children and young people’s participation. They are working with diverse groups of children and young people, from babies to young adults, with diverse needs and capacities. They are also working to markedly different agendas and with very different outcomes. It is clear that participation has a wide variety of meanings, for different people and in different contexts. We need to examine and learn from this diversity if we are to achieve a shared understanding of children and young people’s participation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Handbook of Children and Young People’s Participation
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from Theory and Practice
EditorsBarry Percy-Smith, Nigel Patrick Thomas
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781135267636, 9780203871072
ISBN (Print)9780415468527, 9780415468510
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes


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