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Listening to children and young people

Participation is an integral component of being a Child-safe Child-friendly organisation. If kids’ participation is not valued and facilitated in an organisation, children and young people are unlikely to speak up about experiences of feeling unsafe.

Participation involves:

  • understanding the importance of enabling and promoting the participation of children in activities, events and decision-making about issues that affect their lives.
  • actively facilitating the participation of children and young people
  • creating an environment and supporting skill development to facilitate children’s participation. 
  • involving children and young people in making decisions about policies, programs and services.

Taking participation seriously:

  • demonstrates your commitment to upholding the rights of children
  • provides you with the opportunity to check that what you are doing is actually what children want;
  • strengthens the commitment of children to your organisation
  • builds the leadership skills of children and
  • enhances the safety of children.



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