‘Young People Big Voice’: reflections on the participation of children and young people in a university setting
Graham A & Fitzgerald, RM 2008, '‘Young People Big Voice’: reflections on the participation of children and young people in a university setting', in Involving children and young people in research: a compendium of papers and reflections from a think tank co-hosted by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth and the NSW Commission for Children and Young People on 11 November 2008, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, Woden, ACT; NSW Commission for Children and Young People, Surry Hills, NSW, pp. 64-75.
The purpose of this paper is to share critical insights into the strengths and challenges of progressing child and youth participation in a university-based research context, drawing on our experience of establishing and facilitating a consultative group, Young People Big Voice (YPBV), as part of the work of the Centre for Children and Young People (CCYP) at Southern Cross University. The YPBV has played an integral role in the centre’s activities over the past four years. The paper will synthesise the key issues involved in attempting to convene, engage, support and learn from children and young people as they collaborate on the research, education and advocacy activities of the centre.