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Seen and not heard? The lived realities of children and young people’s participation in Ireland in their homes, schools and communities


This project investigates the extent to which children are provided with opportunities to participate in decisions affecting them within the family, the school and community.

Within the framework of Lundy’s (2007) model of participation we will explore this research question through the following:

Research methodology will comprise a review of the literature on children and young people’s participation and voice. The primary research involves focus groups, in-depth individual and group interviews in three geographical areas to ascertain the views and approaches of children and young people utilising child-centred participative research methods as well as parents, teachers and principals and youth and community groups.

It will identify models of best practice in hearing and facilitating children and young people’s voices. It will disseminate key findings through a report, seminar and project website as well as in child and young person friendly formats including posters and postcards.

Commissioning Unit in DCYA  Citizen Participation Unit
Research Contact:  Dr. Deirdre Horgan

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