Child and youth participation resource guide

Participation in programme areas


Civic engagement

Hubs and Centres for developing children’s participation and child protection in China
Save the Children 2005 (Andy West)

 This paper looks at the potential creation and use of children’s centres as a means to initiate and develop child protection services along with children’s participation. The centres are real physical spaces and periods of time that are children owned and managed. The centres also act as hubs that are they provide focal points for coordination, training, and services for child protection through maintaining a network of multi- sector departments and agencies. The paper aims to serve as stimulation for further development of existing work by agencies including Save the Children in China. Each centre and hub needs to reflect local conditions, issues and circumstances where children’s rights, particularly to protection are unrealised. A major element is that the centres are, or aim to be, places for children, run by children. Child protection centres are essentially spaces comprised of physical places at the periods of time when they are open, which operate a consistent environment and culture that values, protects and respects children’s participation. Hubs are an invisible network, communication channels that can be activated via a Centre and perhaps making use of some of the same physical space (or an adjacent space) for training, meetings and running networks.

UNICEF EAPRO, Young people’s civic engagement in East Asia and the Pacific: A regional study conducted by Innovations in civic participation, 2008
This report analyzes the state of youth civic engagement in East Asia and the Pacific, including the challenges and support available for programming in this area. It presents a list of recommendations to further develop youth civic engagement in the region. The report is based on information obtained through questionnaires, youth focus groups and desk-based research administered and conducted by Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP) on behalf of UNICEF EAPRO, with the support of national and international partners.

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