Training Approach

The Hub provides bespoke training and development on a child rights approach to involving children and young people in decision-making. The training supports organisations to involve children and young people in decision-making in all aspects of their policy, planning, practice, services and culture.

Training and development is comprised of theoretical learning, planning skills, and practical skills, based on a child rights approach to involving children and young people in decision-making:

Theoretical Learning:

  • Providing information on the specific national and international child rights obligations of trainee organisations and individuals with reference to the voice of the child under:
    • The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (substantive rights, concluding observations for Ireland, general comments and optional protocols) and measures in the UN Convention on People with Disabilities regarding the voice of the child
    • National policy (the ‘National Framework for Children and Young People Participation in Decision-making‘ and ‘Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures’)
    • Domestic legislation; and
  • Participants demonstrating the ability to describe the child rights obligations of their organisation in giving children and young people in decision-making.

Planning Skills:

Practical Skills:

  • Trains participants in the use of innovative and age-appropriate methods to seek the views of children and young people and require them to demonstrate those skills.

Stakeholders trained by the Hub report the value of the theoretical learning and practical skills tailored to the role and work of their organisation. They also note their ability to plan child participation processes, more effectively listen to children and ensure their views are taken seriously, with the possibility of leading to an outcome or change.

Training is available for:

  • Government Departments/Agencies and State Bodies
  • Non-statutory Organisations (through the Capacity Building Grant)