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Participation resource guide

Basics of child and youth participation


Capacity building

Introductory Capacity Building Workshop on Meaningful and Ethical Participation of Girls and Boys, Save the Children, 2006. Workshop on Meaningful and Ethical Participation of Girls and Boys covers different aspects of participation. 

The evolving capacities of the child
UNICEF Innocenti Research Center, 2005. This study identifies three separate but inter-linked strands crucial to understanding the concept of the evolving capacities of the child.

Can you hear me? The right of young children to participate in decisions affecting them
Bernard van Leer Foundation, 2005. This study emphasizes that participation enhances children’s self-esteem and confidence, promotes their overall capacities, produces better outcomes, strengthens understanding of and commitment to democratic processes and protects children more effectively. 

Building a Culture of Participation: Involving children and young people in policy, service planning, delivery and evaluation - Nottingham and P.K. Research Consultancy, 2003. This handbook explored the experiences of 29 organizations in seeking to listen to young people and to take action on what they said. 

TAKING PARTicipation SeriouslyNew South Wales Commission for Children and Young People, Australia.
6 booklets that provide comprehensive information and practical tools for involving youth in decision-making processes. 

So You Want to Consult with Children? A toolkit of good practice, Save the Children Alliance, 2003
This toolkit is based on the experience of Save the Children in helping to facilitate children’s meaningful participation in the process leading up to, and including, the 2002 UN General Assembly Special Session on Children. 

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