PlayBoard’s research activity also focuses on the importance of play through children’s participation in decision making and involving children in the research process and children’s right-based research methods.
“All people, however young are entitled to be participants in their own lives, to influence what happens to them, to be involved in creating their own environments, to exercise choices and to have their views respected and valued” (Lansdown 2005).
Participation is the process by which children and young people can influence decision-making which affects their lives to bring about positive change. Playboard supports children and young people to become strong, competent, social actors so that they can effectively participate in decisions that affect them, have their voices heard, valued and respected.
We fundamentally believe that it is important for children and young people to have a say in the making of laws and policies, in designing and evaluating services and facilities that will affect them. We have developed and trained a group of children and young people to become peer researchers who have effectively conducted their own research in relation to their right to play (General Comment 17, UNCRC). We have also actively consulted with children to have their say on a number of policy strategies such as Towards a Childcare Strategy and The Children and Young People’s Strategy.