“Child Participation is a fundamental principle of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
The “participation rights” enshrined in the CRC are summarized by UNICEF as follows – “Children are entitled to the freedom to express opinions and to have a say in matters affecting their social, economic, religious, cultural and political life. Participation rights include the right to express opinions and be heard, the right to information and freedom of association.”
This discussion paper on the subject of Child Participation is being written at a time when leaders of western society (on both sides of the Atlantic) are being forced to radically reassess the dynamics of institutional and social relationships between adults and children. Some commentators have argued that widespread indecision, knee-jerk proliferation of child-oriented initiatives and the multiplication of boards, committees and quangos to deal with the entire process of rearing, socialising and educating children signal a crisis of adult authority.”
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