The Lundy model of child participation

The Lundy model of child participation


Date of publication:  05 Dec 2007 Authors:  Laura Lundy Publisher:  British Educational Research Journal Publication type:  Guide / Guidelines / Principle

This model was developed by academic Laura Lundy, Professor of international children's rights at the School of Education at the Queen's University of Belfast.1 Her model provides a way of conceptualising a child's right to participation, as laid down in Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.2 It is intended to focus decision-makers on the distinct, albeit interrelated, elements of the provision.

The four elements have a rational chronological order: space, voice, audience, influence. More information on the model can be found in Laura Lundy's 2007 publication on child participation. The Lundy Model of Participation was prominently featured and endorsed by the Irish Department of Children and Youth Affairs in their recent National Strategy on Children and Young People's Participation in Decision-Making (2015– 2020). 

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