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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

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Author: Laura Lundy

Publisher: British Educational Research Journal 33: 6, 927-942

Date: NULL

Geographic Coverage: International

Type of Resource: Academic

Sector/setting: NULL

Vulnerable groups: Children general

Developed with children and young people? Yes

Type of participation: Documenting participation

Availability: restricted access

Keywords:  Article 12,  Barriers, Audien, Children's Rights, Commissioner for Children and Young People, Conceptualising, Convention on the Rights of the Child, Critique, Education, Impact, Implementation, Model, Obligation, Pupil Voice, Space, United Nations, Views

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,

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Author: Harry Shier

Publisher: Children and Society 15: 2: 107-117

Date: NULL

Geographic Coverage: International

Type of Resource: Academic

Sector/setting: NULL

Vulnerable groups: NULL

Developed with children and young people? Yes

Type of participation: Documenting participation

Availability: restricted access

Keywords: Children, Commitment, Convention on the Rights of the Child, Decision-making, Hart, Ladder of Participation, Model, Obligations, Openings, Opportunities, Planning, Power, Responsibility, Tool, United Kingdom, United Nations

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

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Author: Roger Hart

Publisher: UNICEF: Innocenti Essays No. 4

Date: NULL

Geographic Coverage: International

Type of Resource: Research (Non-Governmental Organisation)

Sector/setting: Other

Vulnerable groups: Children general

Developed with children and young people? Unspecified/ not applicable

Type of participation: NULL

Availability: NULL

Keywords:  Nation, Abilities, Assist, Children's Rights, Community, Democratic, Exploitative, Opportunities, Participation, Practice, Reflect, Rights, Tokenism, Voice, Young People

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

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Author: Gerison Lansdown

Publisher: UNICEF: Innocenti Insight 6

Date: 2001

Geographic Coverage: International

Type of Resource: Research (Non-Governmental Organisation)

Sector/setting: Other

Vulnerable groups: Children general

Developed with children and young people? No

Type of participation: Other

Availability: open access

Keywords: Children as Partners, Commitment, Consultation, Convention on the Rights of the Child, Cultural Attitudes, Empowerment, Intern, Interpersonal Relationships, Participation, Partnership, Practical Guidance, Practice, Research, Respect, Societal Organization

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

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Author: Daniel O'Donnell

Publisher: UNICEF: Innocenti Working Paper

Date: 2009

Geographic Coverage: International

Type of Resource: Research (Non-Governmental Organisation)

Sector/setting: Other

Vulnerable groups: Children general

Developed with children and young people? No

Type of participation: NULL

Availability: NULL

Keywords: Administrative Proceedings, Children, Convention on the Rights of the Child, Implementation, Innocenti, Judicial, Law Reform, Proceedings, Right to be Heard, UNICEF

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

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Author: Philip Treseder

Publisher: Save the Children

Date: 1997

Geographic Coverage: International

Type of Resource: Practice (International, Regional and/or Domestic)

Sector/setting: Other

Vulnerable groups: Children general

Developed with children and young people? Unspecified/ not applicable

Type of participation: Other

Availability: open access

Keywords:  Barriers, Children, Decision-making, Empower, Manual, Professionals, Training Tool, Young People

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

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Author: Ministry of Youth and Development, Government of New Zealand

Publisher: Ministry of Youth and Development, Government of New Zealnd

Date: 2009

Geographic Coverage: Domestic except Ireland

Type of Resource: Policy (International, Regional and/or Domestic)

Sector/setting: Other

Vulnerable groups: Children general

Developed with children and young people? Unspecified/ not applicable

Type of participation: NULL

Availability: open access

Keywords: Children, Citizenship and Youth Development, Ministry of Youth Development, Participation Guide, Participation Models, Policy Development, Practical Guidance, Young People, Youth participation

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.

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Author: Council of Europe; Committee of Ministers

Publisher: Council of Europe

Date: 2006

Geographic Coverage: Europe

Type of Resource: Policy (International, Regional and/or Domestic)

Sector/setting: Other

Vulnerable groups: Other

Developed with children and young people? Unspecified/ not applicable

Type of participation: NULL

Availability: open access

Keywords: Committee of Ministers, Member State Governments, Recommendation, Youth Councils, 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.

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Author: Council of Europe; Committee of Ministers

Publisher: Council of Europe

Date: 2004

Geographic Coverage: Europe

Type of Resource: Policy (International, Regional and/or Domestic)

Sector/setting: Other

Vulnerable groups: Other

Developed with children and young people? Unspecified/ not applicable

Type of participation: NULL

Availability: open access

Keywords: Committee of Ministers, European Charter, Implementation, Local, Participation, Recommendation, Regional Life, Young People

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

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Author: Council of Europe

Publisher: Council of Europe

Date: 2010

Geographic Coverage: Europe

Type of Resource: Practice (International, Regional and/or Domestic)

Sector/setting: Other

Vulnerable groups: Other

Developed with children and young people? Yes

Type of participation: Consultation with children (e.g. surveys, consultative events or workshops)

Availability: open access

Keywords: Child friendly Justice, Children, Consultation, Council of Europe, Guidelines, Young People