Children's access to public space in today's London
Early Childhood and Primary Education, Faculty of Children and Health Institute of Education, University of London London, UK
The present study is a small-scale research which focuses on exploring and understanding how children's access to public space in central London is limited. Different studies carried out in Britain and elsewhere in Europe have shown a growing interest in children's general use of space, describing how this is changing (or not) and how the children themselves negotiate their use of it.
In this study the aim is to uncover different forms of limitation of access and/or use of public space children of any age are subjected to, with an emphasis on the processes of segregation of children. This will be tackled from the perspective of parents and of the researcher, ultimately interpreting the results within a citizenship and rights framework.
The research uses a qualitative approach which consists of combining semi-structured interviews with six mothers (and fathers if available) of children aged three to six years old, as well as visual methods to create a photographic report. The study will focus on the borough of Camden and parents are invited to participate on a voluntary basis through a 'snowball effect' after the first interviews are secured. The data will be analysed according to the Grounded Theory in order to create categories of understanding, comparing the information gathered from the interviews and the photographs and integrating them. The research will be carried out during the months between March and July of this year.