Training delivery

Hub training and development is comprised of theoretical, planning, practice and guidance sessions. Follow-up coaching is also available to client organisations who have taken part in Hub training.

Theoretical and planning sessions

All Hub na nÓg training programmes include two core theoretical sessions:

1. National and international child rights obligations with reference to the voice of the child
2. Planning for good practice on children and young people’s participation in decision-making

1. National and international child rights obligations with reference to the voice of the child

This session includes:

  • A presentation tailored to the needs and child rights obligations of the client organisation
  • A training task that requires participants to demonstrate their ability to prepare key presentation points on the importance of child and youth participation in decision-making in the work of their organisation

2. Planning for good practice on children and young people’s participation in decision-making

This session includes:

  • A presentation tailored to the needs of the client organisation, which outlines the Lundy Model, the Draft National Child Participation Framework and good practice examples
  • A training task that requires participants to start the process of developing a plan on how they will involve children and young people in decision-making in a specific project/s being undertaken by the organisation
  • The training task is undertaken by participants using a template in the training manual, which takes participants through a good practice planning process using the Lundy model and National Child Participation Planning Checklist
  • Participants are expected to use the planning undertaken at the training as the starting point for the development and implementation of a plan/s to involve children and/or young people in a specific project/s

Practice sessions

All Hub na nÓg training programmes include practice sessions that require participants to demonstrate the ability to use innovative and age-appropriate methods to seek the views of children and young people.  Individual training programmes are tailored to the role, responsibilities and needs of client organisations and to how ready they are to involve children and/or young people in decision-making.

The participative methods used in practice sessions include:

  • Open Space, categorising and naming
  • World Café sessions using dedicated placemats
  • Jotter page sessions
  • Individual lifelines
  • Group lifelines
  • Body-maps
  • Moving debates

Other participative methods and approaches regularly used in practice sessions include:

  • Developing consultation topics and questions
  • Establishing and conducting advisory groups of children and/or young people
  • Facilitating children/young people to review and give feedback on surveys and other documents
  • Facilitating children/young people to develop survey or questionnaires
  • Developing child-friendly versions of documents or surveys

Guidance sessions

Guidance sessions are conducted on:

  • The importance of conducting evaluation of all child and youth participation initiatives. A number of simple child-friendly evaluation tools are included in training manuals, where appropriate
  • The importance of providing feedback to children and young people, with examples of good practice in providing feedback

Coaching and mentoring

The Hub offers dedicated time and space for follow-up coaching and mentoring to organisations and individuals who have attended preliminary training. A number of client organisations and individuals have availed of such support, which is delivered in the following ways:

  • Co-design (between the client organisation and the Hub) of methodologies to conduct consultations, work on specific projects with advisory groups or improve existing approaches to seeking the views of children and/or young people
  • Practice workshops to coach client organisations and individuals in developing the skills to use co-designed methodologies or Hub methodologies
  • Sharing existing Hub and other good practice tools
  • Developing good practice tools with client organisations
  • Providing face-to-face, telephone and email support and guidance