All children and young people have a right to be heard. It is written in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. But in practice, children and young people are rarely listened to. Adults often make decisions for them, and their participation in decisions affecting their own lives is minimal. Compared to adults, children's voices are often repressed, their access to information is reduced.
This has to change RIGHT NOW! Right from the beginning, children and young people must be given the information, opportunity and support they need to get involved in decisions affecting their lives.
This page provides a space for resources and analysis on effective children and young people's participation in three areas:
- Administrative and judicial proceedings [international standards - case studies]
Information on the Day of General Discussion of the Committee on the Rights of the Child: To Speak, Participate and Decide – The Child’s Right to be Heard, 15 September 2006.
To submit information to CRIN, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.