The Capabilities Approach is a means of developing a common framework of goals to address inequality and disadvantage.
Capabilities were developed by Amartya Sen (1992) and Martha Nussbaum (2012) and works with the group affected to determine what should be the indicators of ‘a good life.’ The approach sets out a series of goals and indicators in areas such as health, education, relationships and participation. The enablers and barriers to achieving goals can then be analysed at personal, social and structural levels, to identify the kinds of resources required.
Previous work on children’s capabilities highlights the links to adult capabilities, the importance of age in determining which goals are important and when, and the fact that capabilities goals may be linked (e.g. education as a pre-requisite of other goals).
Our focus on the Capabilities Approach in Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland is twofold: as a means of giving children and young people a central voice within the project, and to develop a shared set of goals amongst stakeholders.
To cite this literature review:
Ward, S. 2018 Using the Capabilities Approach with children and young people. Glasgow: Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland 2018.
Using the Capabilities Approach at Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland
Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland plans to identify a capability set with and for children and young people, to give us a broad set of goals to which our stakeholders can contribute.