Youth participation: Adultism, human rights and professional youth work

Tim Corney, Trudi Cooper, Harry Shier, Howard Williamson

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This article argues that the right of young people to participate in decisions being made about them forms the basis for professional youth work practice. The authors consider the nature of ‘participation’ and its relation to human rights, and introduces the concept of ‘adultism’ and the challenges for youth workers combatting ‘adultist’ beliefs and practices in the work of participation. The paper considers the benefits and limitations of youth participation models, and addresses the relationship between rights-based participation practice, and critical pedagogy (dialogical) in youth work.
Original languageEnglish
Article number12526
Pages (from-to)677-690
Number of pages14
JournalChildren and Society
Issue number4
Early online date6 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2021


  • adultism
  • human rights
  • participation models
  • Youth participation
  • youth work


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