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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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Facing the crisis supporting children through positive care options

This paper explores a range of options to better support the care and protection of children at risk of separation from their families or needing substitute care. It aims to move beyond the critique of residential care provided in A Last Resort (Save the

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Author: David Tolfree

Publisher: Save the Children UK

Date: 2005

Geographic Coverage: International

Type of Resource: Research (Non-Governmental Organisation)

Sector/setting: Care

Vulnerable groups: Children general

Developed with children and young people? No

Type of participation: Child-led participation (e.g. child-initiated peer research projects or events)

Availability: open access

Keywords: Care, Children, Communities, Critique, Families, Last Resort, Positive Options, Protection, Residential Care, Save the Children, Separation, UK

’Education and social inclusion of children and young people with autism spectrum disorders’ Recommendation CM/Rec(2009)9 (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 21 October 2009

This recommendation is aimed at member states adopting legislation and policies to provide enabling structures to mitigate the effects of autism spectrum disorder and to facilitate the social integration, improve the living conditions and promote the deve

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Author: Council of Europe

Publisher: Council of Europe

Date: 2009

Geographic Coverage: Europe

Type of Resource: Policy (International, Regional and/or Domestic)

Sector/setting: Disability

Vulnerable groups: Children with disabilities

Developed with children and young people? Unspecified/ not applicable

Type of participation: N/A

Availability: open access

Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Enabling, Independence, Legislation, Living Conditions, Member States, Policies, Recommendation, Social Integration, Structures

Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (Geneva: OHCHR, 8 – 9 October 2009)

In 2009, the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Office of the High Commissioner and other parties organised a two day event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This webpage contains links to the backgr

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Author: United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

Publisher: OHCHR

Date: 2009

Geographic Coverage: International

Type of Resource: Law (International, Regional and/or Domestic)

Sector/setting: Other

Vulnerable groups: Children general

Developed with children and young people? Unspecified/ not applicable

Type of participation: NULL

Availability: open access

Keywords: Committee on the Rights of the Child, Office of the High Commissioner

Children’s Right to be Heard in Global Climate Change Negotiations

This report presents the case for children's participation in climate change negotiations and makes recommendations for their involvement

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Author: Daniel Walden, Nick Hall, Kelly Hawrylyshyn

Publisher: Plan International

Date: 2009

Geographic Coverage: International

Type of Resource: Research (Non-Governmental Organisation)

Sector/setting: Other

Vulnerable groups: Children general

Developed with children and young people? Yes

Type of participation: Consultation with children (e.g. surveys, consultative events or workshops)

Availability: open access

Keywords: Children’s Participation, Climate Change Negotiations, Involvement, Recommendations

Assessment of Child Participation in the Family in South Africa by the Community Agency For Social Enquiry

The aim of the study is to explore child participation to determine level of child participation in decisions that affect them in families with different cultural backgrounds, identify factors that promote or discourage participation in the family and exa

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Author: Community Agency for Social Enquiry

Publisher: Save the Children Sweden

Date: 2006

Geographic Coverage: other area

Type of Resource: Research (Non-Governmental Organisation)

Sector/setting: Family

Vulnerable groups: NULL

Developed with children and young people? Yes

Type of participation: Consultation with children (e.g. surveys, consultative events or workshops)

Availability: open access

Keywords:  Cultural Backgrounds, Child Participation, Decisions, Discourage Disciplinary Methods, Families, home, Promote, Study

Children’s Participation in Family Law Proceedings Research

A research project to explore how children's rights are respected in law across the different countries who are members of the ChildWatch International Research Group

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Author: Nicola Taylor and Megan Gollop

Publisher: Childwatch International Children and the Law Study Group

Date: 2007

Geographic Coverage: International

Type of Resource: Research (Non-Governmental Organisation)

Sector/setting: Justice

Vulnerable groups: Children general

Developed with children and young people? No

Type of participation: Documenting participation

Availability: open access

Keywords: Children's Rights, ChildWatch International Research Group, Law

The rights of children living in residential institutions’ Recommendation Rec(2005)5 (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 16 March 2005

Regional policy

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Author: Committee of Ministers, Council of Europe

Publisher: Council of Europe

Date: 2005

Geographic Coverage: Europe

Type of Resource: Policy (International, Regional and/or Domestic)

Sector/setting: Justice

Vulnerable groups: Children in care settings

Developed with children and young people? Not specified

Type of participation: N/A

Availability: open access

Keywords: Regional Policy

Children in alternative care: national surveys

Survey carried out by Eurochild on children in alternative care 2nd edition.

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Author: Eurochild

Publisher: Eurochild

Date: 2010

Geographic Coverage: Europe

Type of Resource: Research (Non-Governmental Organisation)

Sector/setting: Justice

Vulnerable groups: Children in care settings

Developed with children and young people? Yes

Type of participation: Consultation with children (e.g. surveys, consultative events or workshops)

Availability: open access

Keywords: Alternative Care, Children, Eurochild

Young Voices- Guidelines on How to Involve Children and Young People in Your Work

Young Voices – How to involve children and young people in your work are guidelines for agencies and organisations in the statutory and non-statutory sectors to develop a culture of participation by children and young people

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Author: National Children's Office, Children's Rights Alliance and National Youth Council of Ireland

Publisher: Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Date: 2005

Geographic Coverage: Ireland

Type of Resource: Practice (International, Regional and/or Domestic)

Sector/setting: Other

Vulnerable groups: Children general

Developed with children and young people? Yes

Type of participation: Documenting participation

Availability: open access

Keywords: Children and Young People, Culture of Participation, Guidelines, Statutory and Non-statutory Sectors, Young Voices

Youth Café Toolkit- How to set up and run a youth café in Ireland

This report emerged from “Youth cafés in Ireland: a best practice guide” and details the steps involved in setting up a youth café. The toolkit provides advice on 11 core elements including activities/programmes for a youth café, role of staff and volunte

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Author: Cormac Forkan et al,Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway

Publisher: The Stationery Office

Date: 2010

Geographic Coverage: Ireland

Type of Resource: Practice (International, Regional and/or Domestic)

Sector/setting: NULL

Vulnerable groups: Children general

Developed with children and young people? Not specified

Type of participation: Documenting participation

Availability: NULL

Keywords: Activities, Best Practice, Guide, Human Rights, Ireland, Principles, Programmes Staff, Toolkit, Training, Volunteers, Young People, Youth cafés

LGBTI+ Youth in Ireland and across Europe: A two-phased Landscape and Research Gap Analysis

Since the 1990s, there has been a growing corpus of evidence on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and other Sexual and Gender Minority (LGBTI+) youth. However, most of these studies were conducted in the North America, and it remains unclear whether their findings can be generalised to other countries and cultures. The third goal of the Irish LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy 2018-2020 was to develop the research and data environment to better understand the lives of LGBTI+ young people. This study aimed to draw the landscape of existing research on LGBTI+ youth in Ireland and other European countries, and identify research and data gaps that need to be addressed. Method: Using a scoping review technique, we employed a multi-method search to identify research outputs and databases on LGBTI+ young people in peer-reviewed and grey literature. Identified outputs were screened against pre-set inclusion criteria, following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses extension for Scoping Reviews (PRISMA-ScR) guidelines; then, several types of information were extracted from studies meeting inclusion criteria. We used standardised methods to evaluate the quality of each outputs. Finally, research and data gaps were identified. Results: 4,603 records were found. Following screening, 126 outputs were entered to the analysis. The studies and databases varied largely in method and quality. Important evidence gaps were found on the health and needs of transgender and intersex youth; the sexual health of LGBTI+ youth; and their employment and career opportunities. The predominant ‘victim’ narrative in the vast majority of existing studies need to be balanced with investigating positive predictors of well-being and evidence-based good practice for improving LGBTI+ youth lives. Conclusion: Some areas of LGBTI+ youth lives have a thin or practically non-existent evidence base. Identified research and data gaps need to be addressed by methodologically sound studies.

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Author: András Költő, Elena Vaughan, Linda O’Sullivan, Colette Kelly, Elizabeth M. Saewyc and Saoirse Nic Gabhainn

Publisher: Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth & Health Promotion Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway

Date: 2021

Geographic Coverage: Ireland

Type of Resource:

Sector/setting:

Vulnerable groups:

Developed with children and young people? Not specified

Type of participation:

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Europe, gap analysis, Ireland, LGBTI+, Research, Youth

Research Briefing – Child-Led Research: from Participating in Research to Leading it – Addressing inequalities in decision-making

Article 12 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child recognises the right of children and young people to express their views on issues relevant to their lives. Countries who have ratified the Convention have a legal obligation to take appropriate measures to implement this right. However, implementing children and young people’s participation rights has been challenging for countries and existing structures, as it entails substantive changes in how children and young people are viewed by society, ways of working and priorities. Globally, efforts to realise children and young people’s right to participate have generally been tokenistic and have a minimal impact on decision-making. As models and programmes have been developed to address these limitations, child-led research has emerged as an approach that can provide children and young people with particularly meaningful opportunities to participate. Therefore, there is a growing interest in child-led research as a mechanism to enhance participation rights, based on the premise that children and young people bring particular expertise to the research process. This study explores examples of children and young people who led their own research and took actions based on their research findings.

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Author: E Kay M Tisdall

Publisher: World Vision International

Date: 2019

Geographic Coverage: International

Type of Resource:

Sector/setting:

Vulnerable groups:

Developed with children and young people? Not specified

Type of participation:

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Children's Rights, International Children's Rights, Participation, Research with Children

Child-Led Research: From Participation in Research to Leading it. Addressing inequalities in decision-making

The report outlines the key findings drawn from an exploratory research on the experiences of Bangladeshi and Syrian refugee children who led their own research and the actions taken based on their findings. The study argues that child-led research provides promising opportunities to engage children and young people in shaping policy and practice, ultimately creating change that led to better lives for them. Furthermore, this report includes an analysis of six child-led research projects carried out by young researchers in Brazil, Chile, Ghana, Romania, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka. These projects were based largely on learning from this study and knowledge generated by the young researchers in Bangladesh, Lebanon and Jordan. In these six projects, child-led research provided children and young people with new avenues to influence decision-making by using the findings of their own research to put pressure on stakeholders and decision makers regarding issues around violence against children.

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Author: E Kay M Tisdall

Publisher: World Vision International

Date: 2019

Geographic Coverage: International

Type of Resource:

Sector/setting:

Vulnerable groups:

Developed with children and young people? Not specified

Type of participation:

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Advocacy, Child Participation, Children's Rights, International Children's Rights, Participation, Research with Children

Participation Framework – National Framework for Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-making

The Framework is underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  Since the publication of the National Strategy for Children and Youth People’s Participation in Decision-Making 2015-2020, Ireland has led the way in ensuring that children and young people are at the heart of government decision making. This Participation Framework will further support and enhance that work by providing practical tools to ensure that children and young people are included in decision-making in all settings where decisions made by adults will impact their lives.

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Author: Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Publisher: Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Date: 2021

Geographic Coverage: Ireland

Type of Resource:

Sector/setting: Government

Vulnerable groups:

Developed with children and young people? Not specified

Type of participation:

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Children and Young People, Decision-making, Framework, Participation

The Covid and Care Leavers Study

A study exploring care leavers' lived experiences on flife in the time of COVID-19. A team of researchers and advocates from Trinity College Dublin and Empowering People in Care (EPIC) have come together to learn more about the experiences of care leavers in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. By exploring how the pandemic is being experienced by care leavers in Ireland they hope to shed light on the ways in which daily life may have changed for care leavers in this period, how they navigated those changes, and how they made sense of their experience.

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Author: Trinity College Dublin and Empowering People in Care (EPIC)

Publisher:

Date: 2021

Geographic Coverage: Ireland

Type of Resource: Academic

Sector/setting:

Vulnerable groups:

Developed with children and young people? Not specified

Type of participation: Other

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: care leavers, changes, Covid-19, EPIC), Ireland, lived experience, Young People

Let’s Talk Young, Let’s Talk About Children’s Rights in decision-making

Let’s talk young, let’s talk about children’s rights in decision-making was an online initiative which brought together round 20 young people between the ages of 13 to 16 years of age. Yearly, Commissioner for Children consults the young people on different themes. For the 2nd year running Aġenzija Żgħażagħ led 5 sessions which gave the opportunity to the participating young people to express their views and propose recommendations in order to be passed to the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC).

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Author: ENYA Forum 2020

Publisher: ENOC

Date: 2020

Geographic Coverage: Europe

Type of Resource: Report

Sector/setting:

Vulnerable groups:

Developed with children and young people? Not specified

Type of participation:

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Children's Rights, Consultation, Decision-making, European Network of Ombudspersons for Children, Young People

Lockdown life: Teenagers have your say

A team of psychologists at NUI, Galway and Trinity College Dublin are keen to understand how the Covid-19 pandemic and the various restrictions that are in place, are impacting on the lives of teenagers.It is important we understand how teenagers are coping with and responding to the ongoing restrictions and changes in their lives so we can best support young people as we move forward.The impact of this pandemic on young people is complex and it may mean different things for different individuals. Help us gather important evidence on the impact of the pandemic on the lives of young people.

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Author: The Irish Times

Publisher: The Irish Times

Date: 2021

Geographic Coverage: Ireland

Type of Resource:

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Developed with children and young people? Not specified

Type of participation:

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: have your say, lockdown life, Teenagers, Young People

Report “Our Europe, Our Rights, Our Future”

The perspectives and priorities of more than 10,000 children and young people, from within and outside the European Union (EU), are expressed powerfully throughout this report.In preparing for the new EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child 2021 - 2024, the European Commission decided to set a new standard by inviting children living in Europe and beyond to share their views and influence how the strategy would be shaped and what topics it would prioritize. To this end, the European Commission called on five child rights organizations - ChildFund Alliance, Eurochild, Save the Children, UNICEF and World Vision - to facilitate consultations with children across Europe and beyond, based on their collective experience of working with millions of children worldwide, evidence, research, and policies.

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Author: Child Fund Alliance, Eurochild, Save The Children, UNICEF, World Vision

Publisher: UNICEF

Date:

Geographic Coverage: International

Type of Resource:

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Developed with children and young people? Not specified

Type of participation:

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Adolescent and youth participation, Child Rights, Climate change, Climate change and impacts, ECARO, Education, Europe and Central Asia, European Union, Global, Health

Newsletter on rights of the child No 1/2021

The first 2021 edition of the newsletter on the rights of the child.

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Author: European Commission

Publisher: European Commission

Date: 2021

Geographic Coverage: Europe

Type of Resource:

Sector/setting: Government

Vulnerable groups:

Developed with children and young people? Not specified

Type of participation:

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Child Rights, Newsletter, Rights of the Child

Working back to the future: strengthening radical social work with children and young people, and their perspectives on resilience, capabilities and overcoming adversity

Using data from participatory storytelling research with 65 young people, this article provides a co-created theoretical grounding for radical social work with children and young people. The problems and solutions social work should be seeking are explored in the light of resilience theories and the capability approach. The young people’s perspectives echo but extend existing resilience interventions and definitions of the capability approach, highlighting structural and historical patterns of inequality. They call for a collective response to adverse experiences, which become obvious in one zone of experience but have consequences and roots in other places. Social work could usefully employ expanded understandings of socio-ecological resilience and the capability approach to focus interventions more clearly on the root causes of adversities and shape interventions that highlight capability sustainability and co-created solutions. This would involve professionals working alongside children and young people, as well as their families and allies, to confront enduring patterns of disadvantage.

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Author: Larkins, Cath; Satchwell, Candice; Davidge, Gail; Carter, Bernie; Crook, Deborah;

Publisher: Policy Press

Date: 2020

Geographic Coverage:

Type of Resource: Academic

Sector/setting: Academic

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Developed with children and young people? Not specified

Type of participation:

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: capabilities, capability approach, Child Participation, Children and Young People, children in need, overcoming adversity, perspectives on resilience, resilience, social theory, Social Work