Autonomy, rights and children with special needs

  • Macallister, J. (Organiser)
  • Riddell, S. (Speaker)
  • Neville Harris (Speaker)
  • Duncan Carmichael (Speaker)
  • Kevin Wright (Speaker)
  • Gail Davidge (Speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) emphasises the right of every child to express their view on all matters of concern to him or her and for due weight to be given to it, in the light of their age and understanding. It applies to a wide range of situations in which decisions and arrangements governing children are made, including, importantly, in the context of education. In light of the UN CRC, there is a growing recognition of the need to ensure children’s rights of participation and redress in the field of education. This seminar explores the way in which different developed countries are responding to the challenges posed by Article 12 of the CRC in relation to children with SEN/ASN, who may experience a range of difficulties in participation due to disability, social disadvantage and discrimination.

The contributors to this seminar are based in six jurisdictions: the US, Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In order to understand national legislation, policy and practice, papers draw on literature and empirical research from the fields of law, education and social policy. After the event, seminar papers will be published as an edited collection.
Period13 Jun 2018
Event typeSeminar
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational