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Having a say: children and young people talk about consultation

Stafford, A. and Laybourn, A. and Hill, M. and Walker, M. (2003) Having a say: children and young people talk about consultation. Children and Society, 17 (5). pp. 361-373. ISSN 0951-0605

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Abstract

There has been a recent surge of interest in consulting children and young people about issues affecting them. Research in this area can in the main be said to have been motivated by adult agenda, with little attempt to seek the views of children and young people themselves. This paper is based on what children have said about consultation. They were critical of some of the more widely used methods, largely because they saw them as unrepresentative. The main message from the research is that children want to be consulted if it is done properly, if it is about issues directly affecting them and if they see it as likely to yield results that are likely to benefit them or other young people.