Child Participation Web
These guidelines were written for individuals working in or funding programmes working with vulnerable children. They may be used as a training tool for organizations wishing to increase their focus on child participation.
The points to take away from this guide are as follows: child participation is not an option or an add-on, but a right enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the
Rights of the Child (CRC) to ensure that all children have the opportunity to actively participate in all issues directly affecting them; child participation contributes significantly to the psychosocial wellbeing of children; child participation may increase the skills, confidence and social connectedness of the children involved; child participation brings unique perspectives which can enhance all types of programmes relating to the well-being of children and their families; child participation brings energy, creativity and fun to development programmes; and one may start gradually with child participation methods so that this eventually grows organically in your organisation until it is mainstreamed into all aspects of your functioning.