A Qualitative Study of Child Participation in Decision-making: Exploring Rights-based Approaches in Pediatric Occupational Therapy
Recorded in 2021
Author: Deirdre O’Connor, Helen Lynch, Bryan Boyle
Publisher: Plos One
Geographic Coverage: Worldwide
Type of Resource: Research
Vulnerable groups: Children, Young People
Developed with children and young people? Yes
Type of participation: Consultation With Children and Parents
Availability: Open Access
Keywords: Child health, Children, Decision-making, Healthcare policy, Pediatrics, Qualitative studies, Schools, United Nations
According to Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, therapists are duty-bound to include children in decisions that impact them. Although occupational therapists champion client-centred, collaborative practice, there remains a paucity of studies detailing children’s rights and experiences of decision-making in pediatric occupational therapy.
This qualitative study described the decision-making experiences of children, parents and therapists in occupational therapy.
Children’s rights need to be embedded as an aspect of best practice in providing services that are child-centred in occupational therapy practices and education.