|dc.description.abstract||This micro-ethnographic study aimed to explore the current understandings and perceptions of child protection practitioners working with children who were exposed to various forms of violence and restrictions due to their participation in protests in Thailand in the year 2020. The research strategy has been a qualitative approach. The interpretive framework used in this study is a postmodern perspective. The data collection was conducted using a semi-structured interview with three child protection practitioners who are the competent officials of the Thailand Child Protection Act (2003) as the primary source of data.
The thematic analysis of the data led to five overarching themes presented in three categories of participants’ perceptions- the perception of the children’s right to protest, the perception of the execution of the competent official roles and responsibilities in working with such children, and the perception of the changes that should be made to protect children in the context of a political protest. Firstly, this study found that the competent officials perceived that the right to protest is essential for children since children use protests to make adults listen to them and influence the social changes with their own actions. Each participant's perception of childhood influenced the competent officials to perceive the children’s right to protest differently. Secondly, when it comes to executing the competent official's roles, this study found that the competent officials perceived that they could perform just a light role as a mediator, and being a social worker is beneficial for them to work with such children. Lastly, the participants perceived that it is the state’s undeniable responsibility to protect children's well-being when they attend protests and promote children's right to participate in a democratic society.||