Good Practice Principles

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth (DCEDIY) and Hub na nÓg have developed a set of good practice principles on how to engage with children and young people and ensure that their voices can make a difference or have an impact on decision-making, which are outlined below.


Good Practice Principles – Engaging With Children
Involve children in decision-making from the start
Seek children’s blue sky thinking
Avoid giving children information that can limit their thinking
Use a strengths based approach, starting with children’s own experience and understanding
Use open consultation questions or easily understood survey questions developed by children
Use creative and age-appropriate methods
Avoid interpreting children’s view during the process
Ensure that children evaluate the process and that feedback is given to them on decisions made


Good Practice Principles – Ensuring Impact
Ensure that human and financial resources are in place
Identify and name how children views will be used
Identify and name how decisions that are taken will be fed back to children
Report on the views of children and avoid adult interpretations of their views
Ensure that children play a prominent role in presenting their own views at relevant events