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Participation resource guide

Basics of child and youth participation



Cultivating Children’s Participation
Save the Children Sweden, 2008. The approaches used, the lessons learned, and gaps in working methods and/or materials and recommendations for children’s participation working methods and materials. 

Towards a Protagonist Participation of Boys, Girls and Teenagers
Save the Children, 2002. This book examines the existing practices and discusses opportunities for creating new avenues for constructive protagonist participation of boys and girls.

Children’s Participation: From tokenism to citizenship, UNICEF-IRC, Rodger Hart, 1992
This booklets introduces the ‘Ladder of Participation’. The ladder explains a model of participation through eight levels, starting from manipulation and non-participation and moving up towards equal participation of adults and children.

Promoting Children’s Participation in Democratic Decision Making, UNICEF-IRC,2001
This publication highlights the need to consolidate and learn from existing practices. It also provides practical guidance on working with children as partners and a checklist for children’s participation in international conferences.

State of the World’s Children 2003, Issue on Participation, UNICEF 
This report focuses on the importance of children’s participation and argues that participation is the right of every child at every age. The report presents examples from around the world on the benefits of children’s participation.

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