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Youth involvement and participation in Denmark: Emerging forms and challenges for theory and research

Maria Bruselius-Jensen and Anne-Mette Nielsen,

Danish Centre for Youth Research, Aalborg University, Denmark

Location: Boardroom, level 6, Student Central

Children and young people’s (right to) participation has long been a focus point in research and practice. What participation means and how it is promoted and enabled is, however, ever changing, in shape and content. Our presentation will focus on the concept of ‘involvement’ (in Danish inddragelse) of children and young people - a term frequently used when describing children and young people’s participation in a Danish context. Simply translated is means to ‘draw in’, and implies a process of enabling participation through invitation. It does not, as in English, cover the notion of people being involved in something driven by their own agency. Thus, the concept mirrors a general understanding of children and youth’s participation as something that must be enabled e.g. by adults, professionals and institutions. Yet there is growing evidence that existing forms of youth involvement are not always meaningful and effective for young people. Taking as a point of departure the concept of involvement, we will present our current research project ‘Involvement of Children and Youth (ICY) – when being involved makes a difference for children and young people’. In the presentation, we will give a short introduction to the present landscape of initiatives to promote children and young people’s participation in Denmark. We will then present our thinking about methodological and theoretical lenses in seeking to research emerging forms of youth Involvement which we hope will lead into an open discussion about developments and challenges in youth participation research.

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