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Durham University

Centre for Social Justice and Community Action

Exploring the reality of children and young people's participation: the good, the bad and the difficult

Workshops run by young people

This is a research project that set out to try to talk to people about this thing called participation - What is it? Why do it? What helps it? What stops it? Based in three small community-based non-governmental organisations in São Paulo, Brazil, the research aims to work with young people, local people, staff and volunteers, trying out different participatory methodologies and asking people what they think about them. The research tries to work with staff teams to see how, or if, these methodologies could be useful in their day-to-day work and then working alongside teams to think about how to implement them. By looking at the reality the research hoped (and still hopes...!) to try to understand how participation fits into the reality within which all of us live and work.