Children’s participation in decision-making: Why do it, When to do it, How to do it.

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IAWGCP, Inter-Agency Working Group on Children’s Participation

Young people’s participation in public decision making has become increasingly established in a variety of political systems. Children are now beginning to add their ideas and actions. Decision makers and opinion leaders are asking what children’s participation means and why it is essential. In recent years, governments and civil society – not forgetting the mass media – have focused on fulfilling children’s rights to protection from abuse, violence and exploitation, but participation is often seen as something new and perhaps difficult to carry out. This booklet shows how to put children’s participation into practice. It is for everyone in roles of public leadership and service, answering questions about how and when children’s participation is needed

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