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Children’s Participation in Safeguarding: Ethical and Practical Considerations


Special issue call for papers from Journal of Children's Services

Guest Editors
Dr Cath Larkins (Co-Director for the Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation at the University of Central Lancashire) and Dr Camille Warrington (Participation Lead, the International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking at University of Bedfordshire) camille.warrington@beds.ac.uk

The Journal
The Journal of Children’s Services (JCS) encourages the international development of research-based, outcome-focused services to better safeguard and promote the well-being of children and their families locally, nationally and internationally. JCS improves understanding of the way that applied social research can contribute to the evidence-base and promote the integration of children’s services. This includes services delivered by health, education, social care, police, youth justice and voluntary/independent agencies.

The Special Edition
Whilst there is an increasing acceptance of the importance of children’s participation in line with their Article 12 UNCRC right, a gap in evidence remains as to how this might be practically implemented within the safeguarding field.  When it comes to issues of safeguarding, participation rights and protection rights can be seen as somehow incompatible, rather than potentially reinforcing, with protective concerns often taking precedence over those of participation.

In order to address this gap in the evidence base, the new Editorial Board of the Journal of Children’s Services are inviting papers for a special edition on ‘Children’s Participation in Safeguarding’, with a particular focus on the ethical and practical considerations of realising children and young people’s participation within the safeguarding sphere.  We invite both research and practice-based papers, spanning safeguarding across all fields of children’s services including health, education, social care, policing and youth justice. Papers that focus on strategies for inclusive and impactful participation are particularly welcome.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Cath Larkins (Co-Director for the Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation at the University of Central Lancashire) and Dr Camille Warrington (Participation Lead, the International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking at University of Bedfordshire) as Guest Editors for this Special Edition.

Call for Papers
We encourage abstracts from a diverse body of authors, spanning all children’s services disciplines, representing different geographical locations and emanating from academia, policy and practice. We welcome papers that offer practical or ethical insights on any of the following themes:
•    Participation in research (as participants and researchers)
•    Participation in consultations/policy development
•    Participation in service development and review
•    Participation in decision-making about their own lives
•    Co-production
•    Empowering child/youth-led initiatives

Abstracts should be 400-500 words and should include:
•    Authorship information
•    Focus of article
•    Basis of data/argument
•    Reflections on practical relevance

Papers will be between 5000 and 8000 words, and should follow the normal author guidelines available from: www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=jcs

Next steps
If you wish to discuss a potential abstract, please contact Dr Helen Beckett before Wednesday 22 August at helen.beckett@beds.ac.uk

Abstracts are due by 5pm on Friday 7 September 2018 and should be sent to both Dr Helen Beckett and Dr Lisa Bostock (Associate Editors) at:  helen.beckett@beds.ac.uk and
Abstracts will be reviewed by these associate editors and the two guest editors.
Papers will be subject to Journal of Childrens Services normal peer review and revision processes.
Important Dates
•    Submission of Abstracts: 7 September 2018
•    Decision notification: 28 September 2018
•    Submission of Full Papers: 7 January 2019
•    Decision on papers: 29 March 2019
•    Anticipated publication date for special edition: summer 2019