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"A welcome contribution not only towards the development of advocacy policy
and practice with children and young people across the UK and further afield
but also towards the wider field of furthering children and young people's
participation, individually and collectively in decisions affecting them. The
authors ... deftly combine ... very pertinent theoretical perspectives with
case studies and practical illustrations of how ... discourses play out in the
real world of children and young people's lives. In so doing the book provides
a powerful and timely reminder to practitioners, policy makers and
commissioners of the importance of critical reflective practice in
understanding the dynamics at play."
Anne Crowley, Assistant Director (Policy and Research), Save the Children UK
"This book is a serious read for anyone interested in the development of
children's rights and advocacy. It has been thoroughly researched by two of the
most highly respected commentators on the subject, and represents an
authoritative and comprehensive guide. I would especially commend it to policy
makers as providing a realistic account of what sometimes prevents good
children's rights and advocacy practice, and for tackling very real and
contentious issues such as 'best interest' principles getting in the way of
giving full expression of children's own views."
Mike Lindsay, National Co-ordinator of Children's Rights Alliance for England
"The authors of this most instructive new book see the 'radical potential' of
advocacy to promote the voice and agency of the young ... This is a significant
book ... It should prove useful to students of social work, law, and
pre-eminently of children's rights. It is not an easy read, but it is well
worth engaging with."
Children and Society, Vol 24. 2010
Presenting children and young people's advocacy as an exciting, radical and
constantly developing way of working, Boylan and Dalrymple explore its
controversial and challenging nature through a comprehensive examination of the
theory and practice of advocacy. Readers are invited to consider advocacy as a
powerful tool for promoting change in attitudes towards children and young
people. The development of meaningful participation in decision making and
systemic change in the provision of services for children and young people is
identified as key to this process.
While advocacy now has a higher profile within health, welfare and education
services, the authors argue for critical engagement with the dilemmas and
paradoxes it continues to present. More traditional ways of advocacy practice
are evaluated alongside newer approaches such as non-instructed advocacy and
e-advocacy. Key issues explored include: An historical overview of advocacy
within professional practice The development of independent advocacy The
contested nature of advocacy Children and young people's participation Forms
and models for the provision of advocacy The relationship between advocacy and
anti-oppressive practice The authors draw on their own research and the
experiences of young people, advocates and professionals working with children
and young people to examine key messages and debates that have emerged. Case
examples are used to illustrate advocacy dilemmas in a range of settings.
Understanding Advocacy for Children and Young People is an essential text for
advocates and professionals working with children and young people. It is also
suitable as a key resource for health and social care practitioners, educators,
commissioners and policy makers.