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Children's right to participation: a European perspective

Author: Diana Didilică

Keywords: child participation, life-world perspective, risk society, protection, child’s rights


There is a constant negotiation between allowing the child to fully participate in society as an autonomous person with rights and protecting him. The process of building an active citizen starts in school so it should be the place where children learn how to participate. Although there are structures within the educational institution designed to ensure child participation (as school councils), they sometimes lack the means to do it and remain just a formal student organization, conducted and controlled by teachers. The school is a community therefore all the members should be allowed to participate in the decision-making process and in order to achieve active citizenship adults need to become peers with children. This paper describes the development of a children´s school council in the city of Iași. The research focused on the evaluation of child participation in secondary and high school pupils and the efficiency of the school council.


Doina Balahur

Prof. univ. dr.

Professor, PhD, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Centre for Social Management and Community Development
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"Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi

Research Centre for Social Management and Community Development (CSMCD)


Blvd. Carol nr. 11, Iasi 700506, ROMANIA


Grant 2009-3231