Making Ourselves Heard

Exploring disabled children's participation

Opportunities for the majority of children and young people to participate in decisions and issues that affect them have increased significantly in recent years. However, these opportunities have not always been made available to disabled children and young people, particularly those with complex impairments.

Based on a series of eight seminars with local authorities this book sets out the current policy context for disabled children and young people's participation, outlines the barriers and challenges to effective participation and highlights what is working well. It contains a wealth of good practice examples as well as signposting readers to further resources.

Making Ourselves Heard will be of interest to those working with children and young people in both universal and specialist settings who wish to ensure that they are doing all that they can to effectively engage with and involve disabled children and young people.

A review of Making Ourselves Heard:
Exploring disabled children’s participation Making Ourselves Heard is an invaluable resource and makes a helpful contribution to the limited range of materials available within the field of disabled children and young people’s participation. The book highlights the barriers and challenges to participation for this group of children, but also identifies ways to tackle these. The Moving Forward section is particularly helpful offering a short checklist of practical advice. The book is a well-written easy read, yet provides clear and concise explanations of often complex key concepts. For example, it explores formal and informal participation, inclusive and separate participation, and the difference between inclusion and participation. The book features resources and presents easily replicable case study examples to offer practitioners and managers ideas from which to develop their practice and embed disabled children’s participation across their organisations. This practical resource should be recommended reading across the sector and across all levels of the workforce.
Anita Franklin, Senior Researcher, Children’s Society

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Book ISBN: 9781905818792 | Published: 2009 | Format: Book (44 pages) | Price: £12.00 / NCB Members £9.60

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Ebook ISBN:9781905818808 | Published: 2009 Format: Download (44 pages) | Price: £7.00 / NCB Members £5.40

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