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The volunteering activities of children aged 8 – 15.

Sarre, S and Tarling, R (2010) The volunteering activities of children aged 8 – 15. Voluntary Sector Review, 1 (3). pp. 293-307.

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Despite policies to encourage children's sense of citizenship and to increase young people's participation in the voluntary sector, there has been very little research on volunteering by the under-16s, and scant attention has been paid to existing evidence. This paper uses the United Kingdom Time Use Survey, 2000 to explore the formal and informal volunteering of children aged 8 to 15: their participation rates; the time they spend volunteering; the volunteering activities they do; and the characteristics of child volunteers. It is shown that children are a core group of active volunteers who should no longer be sidelined in voluntary or fourth sector research and policy, and nor should research on children ignore volunteering as an aspect of their lives. The conceptualisation of volunteering can be enriched by a better understanding of children's experience, and the ways in which current conceptions of volunteering may themselves obscure children's contribution.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors : Sarre, S and Tarling, R
Date : 1 November 2010
DOI : 10.1332/204080510X538301
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Additional Information : This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Voluntary Sector Review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Sarre S, Tarling R (2010). The volunteering activities of children aged 8 – 15. Voluntary Sector Review 1(3):293-307 is available online at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 30 May 2012 11:23
Last Modified : 06 Jul 2019 05:09

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