Training approach

The Hub provides bespoke training and development that supports organisations to involve children and young people in decision-making in all aspects of their policy, planning, practice, services and culture. The Hub responds to requests using a Training Needs Analysis process that informs the development of training, coaching and support tailored to the role, obligations, policy, practice and needs of organisations. The Hub works to meet the needs of organisations in a way that respects their current commitment and practice while training and supporting them to improve practice.

The training and development is comprised of theoretical learning, planning skills and practical skills, based on a child rights approach to involving children and young people in decision-making.

The theoretical learning session in the Hub training focuses on:

  • Providing information on the specific national and international child rights obligations of trainee organisations and individuals with reference to the voice of the child under:
    • The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (substantive rights, concluding observations for Ireland, general comments and optional protocols)
    • National policy (National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making and Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People)
    • Domestic legislation; and
  • Participants demonstrating the ability to prepare key presentation points on the importance of child and youth participation in decision-making in the work of their organisation.

The planning skills session in the Hub training focuses on:

  • Providing information and guidance on good practice in child participation, based on the Lundy model and draft National Implementation Framework or Child Participation; and
  • Participants demonstrating the ability to develop a good practice plan on involving children and young people in decision-making on a specific organisational project, policy, programmes or service.

The practical skills sessions train participants in the use of innovative and age-appropriate methods to seek the views of children and young people and require them to demonstrate those skills.

Stakeholders trained by the Hub report the value of the theoretical learning and practical skills tailored to the role and work of their organisation. They also note their ability to plan child participation processes, more effectively listen to children and ensure their views are taken seriously, with the possibility of leading to an outcome or change.