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dc.contributor.authorKennan, Danielle
dc.contributor.authorBrady, Bernadine
dc.contributor.authorForkan, Cormac
dc.identifier.citationKennan, Danielle, Brady, Bernadine, & Forkan, Cormac. (2018). Supporting Children’s Participation in Decision Making: A Systematic Literature Review Exploring the Effectiveness of Participatory Processes. The British Journal of Social Work, bcx142-bcx142. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcx142en_IE
dc.description.abstractIn this article, the term ‘participation’ refers to the right of the child to express their views in matters affecting them and for their views to be acted upon as appropriate. While there is a growing emphasis in social work practice on a child’s right to participate, less attention has been given to how best to support children’s participation. A systematic review and narrative synthesis of twenty studies with varying methods explores how effective processes, commonly used in social work practice, are in supporting children’s participation in decisions concerning their personal welfare, protection and care. The review explores the effectiveness of the following processes: the use of advocates; a child’s attendance at an assessment, planning or review meeting; Family Welfare Conferences; and recording a child’s views in writing. There is indicative evidence that the use of advocates is an effective means of supporting children’s participation. Findings in relation to the other processes reviewed are mixed. A key factor influencing how effective these processes are in supporting children’s participation is the quality of the relationship with the child and his or her caseworker.en_IE
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was conducted as part of the Development and Mainstreaming Programme for Prevention, Partnership and Family Support Study, which is supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies Ireland, Galway University Foundation and the National University of Ireland, Galway.en_IE
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen_IE
dc.relation.ispartofThe British Journal Of Social Worken
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland
dc.subjectChildren's participationen_IE
dc.subjectChildren’s rightsen_IE
dc.subjectUser participationen_IE
dc.subjectChild protectionen_IE
dc.subjectChild welfareen_IE
dc.titleSupporting children’s participation in decision making: A systematic literature review exploring the effectiveness of participatory processesen_IE
dc.contributor.funderAtlantic Philanthropies Ireland
dc.contributor.funderGalway University Foundation
dc.contributor.funderNational University of Ireland, Galway
dc.local.contactBernadine Brady, School Of Political Science, & Sociology, Nui Galway. 5759 Email:

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