The Rights Of Children With Special And Additional Support Needs In England And Scotland: A Cross-Border Comparative Study

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This paper presents findings from an ESRC funded research project entitled Autonomy, Rights and Children with Special Needs: A New Paradigm? (ES/P002641/1).

The central research question addressed is the following:
In the light of key legislative and policy developments in England and Scotland, to what extent is a new era of children and young people’s autonomy/participation rights materialising in practice across the field of special educational needs (SEN) and additional support needs (ASN)?

The specific objectives of the research are to analyse:
• The extent to which children and young people with SEN/ASN are able to realise their rights of participation and redress;
• The degree to which the autonomy rights of such children and young people intersect with those of parents/carers and are driven by, or influence, the decision-making of schools and local authorities;
• The way in which capacity for autonomous decision-making is understood and acted upon in different social contexts;
• The factors which promote or inhibit the realisation of autonomy rights by children and young people with SEN/ASN, including those who are looked after by the local authority;
• The impact of a children’s rights-based approach on the broader education and social policy landscape.
Period3 Sept 2019
Event titleEuropean Conference on Education Research (ECER) 2019
Event typeConference
LocationHamburg, GermanyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational