National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making 2015-2020

This strategy builds on the developing infrastructure for children’s participation established by the DCYA and other organisations since the publication of the National Children’s Strategy . The aim of the Strategy is to ensure that children and young people have a voice in their
individual and collective everyday lives across the five national outcome areas set out
in Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and
Young People, 2014-2020 namely: to be active and healthy; to be achieving in all areas of
learning and development; to be safe and protected from harm; to enjoy economic security
and opportunity; and to be connected, respected and contributing. The strategy focuses
on the everyday lives of children and young people and the places and spaces in which
they are entitled to have a voice in decisions that affect their lives, including in community,
education, health and well-being, and legal settings.