Space between the borders? The participation of young people in decision-making during their stay in secure residential care

Mijntje Derkje Corneeltje ten Brummelaar

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Young people's participation in decisions regarding their life and development is one of the basic principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and with this a fundamental right for all young people staying in secure residential care. In addition, participation is regarded as an important aspect of the care and treatment process. Although care and treatment in secure residential care is, in first instance, based on a coercive measure, thereby substantially constraining the room for participation of young people in decision-making, it is also evident from a behavioural scientific perspective that participation is essential for young people in these facilities.
The central aim of this dissertation was to shed new light on the participation of young people in decision-making procedures while staying in (secure) residential care. We did so, first, by focusing on the current state of knowledge; second, by looking at the experiences and perceptions of both young people and care professionals working in such facilities; and third, by finding ways to support young people in expressing their views in decision-making procedures while being in care.
Results show that there has been an increased focus on the participation of young people in decision-making while staying in secure residential care. At the same time, with this coercive context the complexity of the topic of participation comes forward. There are various contextual components which are critically important for the participation processes of young people. For example, the professional’s attitude and underlying rationales seem to play an important role in the implementation of youth participation in decision-making during secure residential care.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Groningen
  • Knorth, Erik, Supervisor
  • Kalverboer, Margrite, Supervisor
  • Harder, A.T., Co-supervisor
  • Post, Wendy, Co-supervisor
Award date1-Dec-2016
Place of Publication[Groningen]
Print ISBNs978-94-6233-441-0
Electronic ISBNs978-94-6233-448-9
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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