Bringing together theories, ideas, insights and experiences of practitioners and researchers from Brazil, India, South Africa and the UK, this book explores children and young people’s involvement in public action. The contributors consider the potential of children and young people’s participation to be transformative.
Over the past 20 years, children and young people’s participation in decision-making has become part of international, and often national, policy rhetoric. Participation activities have grown apace. These range from bringing children and young people to the international stage – for example, in person to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Special Session on Children in 2002 or virtually at the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the III Global Conference on Child Labour in 2013 – to the (re)formation of institutional structures – for example, national children’s and youth parliaments, pupil councils in schools and youth forums in local government.