Children’s Participation – The Perspectives of Educational Welfare Officers on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making, prior to the Implementation of the Programme for Prevention, Partnership and Family Support

This document presents the key findings and recommendations from a study conducted with Educational Welfare Officers
on children and young people’s participation in planning meetings concerning their school attendance. The term
‘participation’ refers to the right of children and young people to express their views on decisions of relevance to them
and for their views to be given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child (Article 12, UN Convention
on the rights of the Child). Tusla’s understanding of participation is underpinned by the Lundy model.