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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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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

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Developed with children and young people? Not specified

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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

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Developed with children and young people? Not specified

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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

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Sector/setting: Government

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Developed with children and young people? Not specified

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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)

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Date: 2021

Geographic Coverage: Ireland

Type of Resource: Academic

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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

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Developed with children and young people? Not specified

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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

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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

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Geographic Coverage: International

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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

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Sector/setting: Government

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Developed with children and young people? Not specified

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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

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Type of Resource: Academic

Sector/setting: Academic

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Developed with children and young people? Not specified

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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

Study on child participation in EU political and democratic life – Children’s participation structures and mechanisms

List of childrens participation structures and mechanisms

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Author: European Commission

Publisher: European Commission

Date: 2021

Geographic Coverage: International

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Keywords:  EU, Child Participation, Children’s Participation, Mechanisms, political and democratic life, Structures