In defence of tokenism? Implementing childrens right to participate in collective decision-making:
Recorded in July 2016
Author: Laura Lundy
Publisher: Childhood, 25(3), 340–354.
Geographic Coverage: Not location-specific
Type of Resource: Policy (International, Regional and/or Domestic)
Vulnerable groups: Children
Developed with children and young people? No
Type of participation: Unknown
Availability: Restricted Access
Keywords: Children, Collective, Participation, Rights, Tokenism
This article revisits the concept and practice of tokenism in collective child participation, querying whether it is accurate to describe it as ‘non-participation’ and assessing the extent to which it may offer a useful and sometimes necessary step on the journey to more respectful and meaningful engagement with children.
It concludes by reflecting on the quality of the feedback given to children and the role that improved feedback might play in addressing the challenge of tokenism.