Licketyspit’s Children’s Rights-based Approach
Licketyspit’s work is designed as a rights based approach to working with children, drawing on the UN conventions on the Rights of the Child.
In particular, we focus on Article 13 and Article 31;
- The child shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of the child’s choice.
- States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.
- States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.
Using these rights as our foundation for working with children, and their wider community, we then seek to incorporate more local level priorities. Licketyspit makes reference to the aims of GIRFEC and the social care inspectorate in order to advance our practice and keep up to date with relevant policy and standards.
How does Licketyspit embed children’s rights into our work?
By combining our skills as actors and theatre professionals with the fundamentals of the UNCRC we have developed an approach that put children at the heart of everything that we do, and aims to put them at the heart of their communities too. Our shows and projects are developed and devised with children because we know that the best experts in children’s theatre are children! Our consultation process includes workshops in schools and nurseries where we try out ideas and extracts with our audience and incorporate their feedback, and we work feedback and reflection into all of our Storyplay activities.
These schools workshops were the basis for LicketyLeap, which was developed in response to the clear desire of our audiences to be part of the story, not just watching it. Although all of our shows have a degree of participation – in songs, rhymes and actions – LicketyLeap was the first piece of immersive theatre we produced.
It was through devising and delivering LicketyLeap, an immersive theatre experience that puts children in the driving seat of the production, that we developed our unique approach to drama-led play.
We use a wide range of media to collect feedback and engage with participating children and adults. This includes reflective drawing after every session to encourage the children to think about what they enjoyed most or would like to do more of. We carry out interviews with children and parents, individually and in groups, as well as soliciting anonymous written feedback from all the adults who engage with our work.