CHILD-UP researches into the level of integration of migrant children in Europe and their social condition, with the primary aim of proposing an innovative approach to improve such conditions. In this shifting of perspective, children’s agency – a specific form of participation – represents the real keystone to improve children’s psychosocial wellbeing and set the child at the centre of his/her self-empowerment.
Agency means that individuals, in particular children, may choose their way of acting, thus contributing to the construction of their social and cultural context. Agency does not mean absolute freedom of choice, since the possibility of choosing is always influenced by social relation.
CHILD-UP highlights the importance of the relationship between children’s agency on the one hand, and dialogic interactions between children, and children and adults on the other. In particular, CHILD-UP aims to show that adults’ facilitation of this dialogic interaction offers migrant children the opportunity to change their own social condition through theit exercise of agency.
CHILD-UP researches into the level of integration of migrant children in Europe and their social condition, with the primary aim of providing support for migrant children’s exercise of agency in changing their own conditions of integration and constructing hybrid identities.