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Minimum Standards For Consulting With Children

Minimum Standards for Consulting with Children

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Inter-Agency Working Group on Children's Participation

‘The Minimum Standards for Consulting with Children’ is a tool developed in an effort to support formal consultations with children. They were developed by a multi-agency group in East Asia and the Pacific, through six years of practice, as part of a process to ensure meaningful and high-quality children’s participation in the UN Study on Violence against Children, the East Asia and Pacific Regional Consultation and associated meetings. Thus, many individuals, especially children and technical experts, as well as national and international non-governmental organizations and inter-governmental organizations have contributed to, provided invaluable advice on, and otherwise influenced the final text. This is a major contribution to global efforts to increase the quality and effectiveness of children’s participation, based on systematic experiences in preparing children for meetings, facilitating representative selection of children, ways of involving them in adult discussions, modes of facilitating their contributions and including these in outcome documents.

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Global Report Date:

January 1, 2011

Region:

Global

Topics:

Child Participation
Minimum Standards For Consulting With Children

Research Objectives:

Minimum child participation standards must be based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, particularly, Articles 2, 3, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 34 and 36. In summary:
■ Children have rights to be listened to, to freely express their views on all matters that affect them, to freedom of expression, thought and association, and of access to information.
■ Participation should promote the best interests of children and enhance their personal development.
■ All children have equal rights to participation, without discrimination.
■ All children have the right to be protected from manipulation, violence, abuse and exploitation

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