This library is a comprehensive collection of national and international good practice, policy, legal and academic publications, reports and resources on children and young people’s participation in decision-making.
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Voice is not enough: conceptualising article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
This article provides a children's rights critique of the concept of ‘pupil voice’. The analysis is founded on Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which gives children the right to have their views given due weight in a
Pathways to participation: openings, opportunities and obligations
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has raised the profile of children's participation in the United Kingdom. Hart's ‘ladder of participation’ has been the most influential model in this field. This paper offers an alternative model,
Children’s participation from tokenism to citizenship
A nation is democratic to the extent that its citizens are involved, particularly at the community level. The confidence and competence to be involved must be gradually acquired through practice. It is for this reason that there should be gradually increa
Promoting children participation in democratic decision-making
Since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) ‘child participation’ has been the subject of an increasing flood of initiatives, ranging from research and publications to conferences and concrete projects. National and local governm
The right of children to be heard: children’s right to have their views taken into account and to participate in legal and administrative proceedings
The paper addresses the right of children to be heard in any judicial or administrative proceeding affecting them. It introduces the subject based on examples from the laws and practices of 52 countries around the world, shedding further light on a topic
Empowering children and young people: promoting involvement in decision-making
This text aims to help professionals empower children so that they can contribute to the decisions which affect them as individuals and as a group; at unit, local and national levels. The manual helps to ensure success by providing a training tool for bot
Keepin’ it real: a resource for involving young people in decision-making
Youth participation is a central feature of successful youth programming and effective policy-making. It is an important part of the development of citizenship and youth development. Young people bring with them new ways of thinking and acting that add va
Recommendation Rec(2006)1 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the role of national youth councils in youth policy development
Recommendation adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 11 January 2006 calls on member state governments to recognise and support the work of youth councils in contributing to the development of public youth policy.
Recommendation Rec(2004)13 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the participation of young people in local and regional life
Recommendation adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 17 November 2004. It was adopted to promote and support the implementation of the revised European Charter on Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life.
Child Friendly Justice: the Views and Experiences of Children in the Council of Europe
Consultation with children and young people towards the Council of Europe Guidelines on Child-friendly justcie