Headphones, Odd Shoes & A Second Chance at Life

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Headphones, Odd Shoes & A Second Chance at Life

Recorded in March 2023


Author: Deborah Erwin.

Publisher: Empowering People in Care (EPIC).

Date: 2023

Geographic Coverage: Ireland

Type of Resource: Report

Sector/setting: Government

Vulnerable groups: Children, Young People

Developed with children and young people? Yes

Type of participation: Consultations With Children

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Child, Participation, UNCRC, Voice, Young People



EPIC invited the participation of children and young people with disabilities who are, or have been in care, with whom they work. The study was structured to ensure appropriate levels of support and accountability, and to allow the meaningful participation of the children and young people. Eight children and young people participated in the research: six in online focus group discussions over three sessions, and two in an online or telephone interview. The research participants are representative of a range of care experience, including foster care, residential care, and aftercare services, and a range of disabilities are represented, including physical disability, intellectual disability, or learning difficulty.