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

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesOral presentation


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.


European Conference on Education Research (ECER) 2019

Duration3 Sep 20196 Sep 2019
Location of eventUniversität Hamburg
Web address (URL)
Degree of recognitionInternational event

Event: Conference

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