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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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Guidance for Youth Work Organisations | Informed by the Government’s Resilience & Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19

This guidance succeeds and replaces previous youth sector guidance and is prepared in the broader context of the Government’s Resilience & Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-191, and the Return to Work Safely Protocol2 . This guidance should be read in conjunction with those documents, and any future Government advice in relation to COVID-19.

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Author: Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Publisher: Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Date: 2020

Geographic Coverage: Ireland

Type of Resource:

Sector/setting: Government

Vulnerable groups: Children general

Developed with children and young people? Not specified

Type of participation:

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Covid-19, Guidance, youth sector, Youth Work

Making Participation Work

Making Participation Work, funded by the Department for Education, focuses on five key elements to enable effective young people's participation: Scoping work on children and young people's participation to build a clear picture of the breadth and depth of local area engagement with children and young people.

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Author: The Council for Disabled Children and KIDS

Publisher: The Council for Disabled Children and KIDS

Date: 2017

Geographic Coverage: United Kingdom

Type of Resource:

Sector/setting: Government

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Developed with children and young people? Not specified

Type of participation:

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Children and Young People, making participation work, Participation

Independent Children’s Rights Impact Assessment on the Reponse to COVID-19 in Scotland

This independent Children's Rights Impact Assessment is a thorough analysis of how emergency laws and policies around the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the human rights of children and young people in Scotland.

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Author: Tisdall, EKM, Powell, MA & Reid

Publisher: Commissioner for Children and Young People Scotland

Date: 2020

Geographic Coverage: Scotland

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Developed with children and young people? Not specified

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Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Children's Rights, Covid-19, Human Rights, Impact, pandemic, Scotland

August Making Ourselves Heard Newsletter

In this newsletter you will find:

  • An opportunity to join the third session of a series of peer-led virtual discussion groups
  • An opportunity for seldom heard disabled children and young people, and children and young people with special educational needs
  • The latest news and updates from the wider sector
  • The latest participation resources

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Author: Making Ourselves Team - Pam, Jo, Amber and Charlotte

Publisher: Council for Disabled Children

Date: 2020

Geographic Coverage: United Kingdom

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Developed with children and young people? Not specified

Type of participation:

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Council for Disabled Children, education health and care plan, educational needs, making ourselves heard, Newsletter, Participation

Creating Opportunities for Youth

This report details the findings of EU Youth Dialogue consultations conducted with young people in Ireland. Consultations took place between March and October 2019.

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Author: Sandra Roe

Publisher: National Youth Council of Ireland

Date: 2020

Geographic Coverage: Europe

Type of Resource:

Sector/setting: Government

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Developed with children and young people? Yes

Type of participation: Consultation with children

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Consultations, EU Youth Dialogue, EU Youth Strategy, Ireland, Report, Young People, Youth, Youth dialogue

Independent children’s rights institutions as facilitators of dialogue between children and the state: an opportunity for mutual empowerment?

The role of independent children’s rights institutions is a multifaceted one, which can lead them to be pulled in many different directions. For most such institutions the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) provides a fundamental underpinning for their work, and many institutions place particular emphasis on Article 12 and on children’s rights to participation more generally. At the same time a principal focus of activity is on influencing law and policy in their national jurisdictions. In this paper we explore some ways in which these separate objectives can be combined in ways that challenge, or at least compensate for, children’s exclusion from political influence. Drawing on research conducted with independent children’s rights institutions in Europe, we point to some weaknesses in the current pattern of activity which can lead to a lack of impact, and some examples of how institutions can engage more effectively, both with children and with powerful actors, by promoting and facilitating dialogue between them.

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Author: Imanian, Sara & NigelP. Thomas

Publisher: Societies Without Borders Vol. 14

Date: 2020

Geographic Coverage: International

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Developed with children and young people? No

Type of participation:

Availability: Open Access

Keywords:  Article 12, Children's Rights, Convention on the Rights of the Child, CRC, Empowerment

My Pocket Guide to CRC Reporting

MY POCKET GUIDE TO CRC REPORTING - A companion guide for children willing to tell the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child about how  childrenʼs rights are respected in their country. An introduction for children about the CRC, the Committee on the Rights of the Child and its reporting process.

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Author: Sam Dimmock

Publisher: Child Rights Connect

Date: 2020

Geographic Coverage: International

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Developed with children and young people? Not specified

Type of participation:

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Committee on the Rights of the Child, CRC, guide for children, Reporting Process, Rights of the Child

Comhairle na nÓg Case Study

This case study explores the operation of Comhairle na nÓg as a governmental citizen engagement initiative. It begins by outlining what is meant by citizen engagement and why this is particularly important in the area of children and young people’s participation. The study examines the origins and evolution of Comhairle na nÓg. Having outlined the administration and organisation of the organisation, the study examines the particular strengths of Comhairle na nÓg as well as considering the key challenges facing Comhairle na nÓg engagement efficacy. Readers of this case study can expect to understand the operation and implementation of Comhairle na nÓg as a citizen engagement activity in its own right; but also in terms of the integration of children and young people’s voices into the broader governance and engagement agenda at a local level.

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Author: Dr Maura Adshead

Publisher: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Date: 2020

Geographic Coverage: National

Type of Resource:

Sector/setting: Government

Vulnerable groups: Children general

Developed with children and young people? Not specified

Type of participation:

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Case Study, Child and Youth Participation, Children and Young People, Children's Voice, Citizenship, Comhairle na nÓg, Young People, Youth engagement

Giving young people in care a voice in decision making

Social workers at Southern Eastern Health and Social Care Trust found a new way to gather the views of young people who are in care, to support decision making at their looked-after-child review meetings. They started using the Mind Of My Own app, as featured in our ‘Bottoms up’ film. Here we look at how the project came about and what was involved.

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Author: The Health Foundation

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Geographic Coverage: United Kingdom

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Developed with children and young people? Not specified

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Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Decision-making, Social workers, Voice, Young People

Youth Participation in the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study

HBSC aims to drive youth participation as standard in adolescent research and to provide data that are meaningful to young people, are reflective of current lifestyles, and are of value to policy and program development. Further to significant benefits within the research process, the active and meaningful involvement of young people results in important and positive impacts on youth themselves. Underscoring our commitment to young people across all participating member countries, we work within the HBSC network to collaborate in theorizing on relevant issues in youth participation, cocreating participative research methodologies, supporting one another in the application of theory, and method and promoting opportunities for dissemination and debate.

Youth engagement in HBSC forms a unique combination of integrated knowledge translation and Public and Patient Involvement in health-related research, drawing on elements of both of these approaches. Evidence of impact on policy and practice has been clearly demonstrated, but challenges remain in convincing research funding bodies, journal editors, and some researchers that engaging youth is of sufficient value and interest.

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Author: Colette Kelly, Ph.D., M.Sc. a,*, Cátia Branquinho, Ph.D. b , Anna Dzielska, Ph.D. c , Margarida Gaspar de Matos, Ph.D. b , Marina Melkumova, M.D. d , Daria Pavlova, Ph.D. e , William Pickett, Ph.D. f , and Saoirse Nic Gabhainn, Ph.D., M.A. a

Publisher: Journal of Adolesenct Health

Date: 2020

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Developed with children and young people? Not specified

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Availability: Open

Keywords: Children, HBSC, Health behaviouir, Participation, Youth, Youth engagement, Youth participation