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Minimum standards for consulting with children:

These Minimum Standards on Consulting with Children (Minimum Standards) were developed as a multi-agency tool to facilitate and support the participation of children in formal consultations. They are based on a year-long pilot project of participatory act

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standards for consulting with children


Author: Inter-agency working group on children’s participation

Publisher: Plan International

Date: 2008

Geographic Coverage: International

Type of Resource: Report

Sector/setting: Other

Vulnerable groups: Children

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 Multi-agency, Consulting, Participatory Activities, Standards


The aim of this booklet is to show how to put children’s participation into practice. It is aimed at everyone in roles of public leadership and service, answering questions about how and when children’s participation is needed.

Chapters cover definitions and concepts of children’s participation, including relevant articles from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC); why children’s participation is important; when to introduce it, including useful checklists on justice, health, education, community services and information, as well as key entry points; how public leaders, such as legislators, administrators and the media, can play a role in promoting and improving it; how to make children’s participation effective, with case studies from India and Brazil; and where to find other useful resources online.