Child and youth participation resource guide

Participation in programme areas


Health and nutrition

Bhuyan, Khanindra Kumar, ‘Health Promotion Through Self-Care and Community Participation: Elements of a proposed programme in the developing countries’, BMC Public Health, BioMed, 2004.
This paper proposes a broad outline for designing health promotion programmes in developing countries, based on the Ottawa Charter for health promotion and principles of self-care and community participation.

Child-to-Child Trust, Early Years Children Promote Health: Case studies on child-to-child and early childhood development, Child-to-Child Trust, London, 2004.
This publication contains many examples and resources on a child-to-child approach to child health and development with children aged 0–5 years. It includes activity sheets on different health topics: playing with young children, understanding children’s feelings, a place to play, feeding young children, among others.

Gibbs, Sara, Gillian Mann and Nicola Mathers, Child-to-Child: A practical guide. Empowering children as active citizens, Health Action Zone, Groundwork Southwark, London, 2002.
This guide outlines a process for working with children aged 9–15 on projects that are child-initiated and child-led. It is an illustrated, easy-to-read resource for practitioners. It also contains sections on group work, choosing issues, conducting research, taking action and evaluation. It includes a list of readings, additional resources and sample lesson plans.

Hawes, Hugh and Christine Scotchmer, Children for Health: Children as communicators of facts for life, 1993.
This manual is a response to the commitment made by world leaders in 1990 at the World Summit for Children to improve children’s health and to promote optimal growth and development during childhood. It provides suggestions for teachers and youth workers on effective ways to teach health messages and on ways that children may act on and disseminate these messages as individuals or in groups. Objectives for children’s understanding and action are included for child growth, child development, safe motherhood, safety and nutrition.

Laws, Sophie et al. Time to Listen: Young people’s experience of mental health, Save the Children and Mental Health Foundation, College of Health, ISBN 1899120890, London, 1999.
This publication is based on a peer-led research project in Bolton, UK. It was planned in response to the concerns raised by young people about the quality of mental health services. The research was planned and carried out by young people and focuses on their own experiences in accessing medical services, hospital treatment and community support.

McNeish, Diana, ‘Promoting Participation for Children and Young People: Some key questions for health and social welfare organisations’ in Journal of Social Work Practice, Volume 13, Number 2 / November 1, 1999.
This document analyses different meanings of participation and identifies different processes that ensure effective children’s participation in health-related activities. It challenges the reader to be clear about the nature and purpose of attempts to involve children before embarking on any programmes with children and young people. It concludes by discussing the benefits of including children in health programmes.

Pridmore, Pat, New Directions for Child-to-Child: Ideas and experiences from a consultation meeting held in Cambridge, England in March 2002, Child-to-Child Trust, London, 2003.
The publication brings together experiences from around the world to show how children have been able to promote health using the Child-to-Child approach. These experiences have been analysed to identify the lessons learned for developing good-quality, action-oriented health
education with children.

Respecting Children’s Rights in Pediatric Practice, Module 3
This PowerPoint presentation identifies the rights of children in relation to paediatric care. It discusses children’s participation and potential conflicts between the rights of children and the rights of theirparents.

UNICEF, Facts for Life, UNICEF, WHO, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNDP, UNAIDS, WFP and World Bank, ISBN 92-806-3664-2, New York, 2002.
Facts for Life has helped to save the lives of millions of children by putting life-saving knowledge about children’s health into the hands of those who need it most: parents, caregivers, health workers, government officials, journalists and teachers. This new edition has updated information on safe motherhood, early childhood development, nutrition, HIV/AIDS and other major causes of childhood illness and death. The information represents the best current understanding of science, policy and practice. In simple language, practical, effective, low-cost ways of protecting children’s lives andpromoting their development are emphasized.