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Children and Estate Regeneration: Unheard Voices


Article 12 of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 highlights the importance of affording children the right to express their views on matters affecting them.  The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC, 2009) has asserted that “the right of all children to be heard and taken seriously constitutes one of the fundamental values of the convention”. This means children should be afforded due recognition in terms of the validity and relevance of their experiences and views in contributing to governmental and public policy processes.

This project examines children’s participation in housing estate regeneration.  Regeneration can be defined the series of interventions which seek to bring about lasting improvements in the economic, physical, social and environmental conditions of a neighbourhood. Regeneration can affect children’s lives in terms of their living conditions and environmental surroundings, life chances and opportunities, and their sense of belonging, place, identity and community. This research sets out to assess the extent to which children’s opinions and perspectives have been heard by using a case study of a large scale regeneration programme in Knocknaheeney, Cork city.

Commissioning Unit in DCYA  Citizen Participation Unit
Research Contact:  Dr Cathal O’Connell


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