Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID)

Latest title on autonomy, rights and children with SENs | 14 Dec 2020

Our latest title "Autonomy, Rights and Children with Special Educational Needs: Understanding Capacity across Contexts", authored by Professor Sheila Riddell has now been published.


Autonomy, Rights and Children with Special Educational Needs

This books examines the increased prominence of children’s rights in education to ask whether we are witnessing a paradigm shift within the education system. The author uses a wide range of case studies from Scotland and England to examine the extent to which children and young people with Special Educational Needs/ Additional Support Needs are in practice able to realise their new rights of participation and redress. In addition, the book examines the ways in which the child’s capacity to make independent decisions is understood and acted upon in different contexts, and the factors which ultimately promote or inhibit the rights of young people and children with SEN/ ASN. The author asks whether, in a context of tight budgets and often limited support, this new emphasis on children's rights can be seen as ‘window-dressing’ and a distraction from reductions in support for social welfare. 



  1. Children’s Independent Rights in Education: Setting the Scene(pp.1-13)
  2. Research Methods(pp.15-29)
  3. Special and Additional Support Needs Policy and the Rights of Children and Young People (pp.31-48)

  4. Children’s Rights, Categorisation and Disproportionality(pp.49-72)
  5. Translating Grand Designs into Grassroots Policy and Practice(pp. 73 - 94)
  6. Children and Young People’s Participation Rights in Schools and Classrooms(pp.95-112)
  7. Participation by Children and Young People in Representative Bodies(pp.113-131)
  8. Children and Young People’s Involvement in Formal Educational Planning (pp.133-159)
  9. School Choice and the Rights of Children, Young People and Their Families(pp.161-188)
  10. Participation in Dispute Resolution by Children, Young People and Their Families(pp.189-213)

  11. Conclusion (pp.215-228)​​​​​

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