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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