Participatory rights for children and young people

Children and young people have the potential capacity to participate in decision-making processes. They have unique perspectives on their lives.

Children and young people have a right to:

  • have a say about what is important to them
  • be listened to
  • be treated with respect
  • be provided with information about how they will be involved in decision making
  • be given information in a language they understand and a format that is appropriate to them
  • participate in a way that suits them
  • be given clear objectives and limits for decision making
  • be prepared for what will happen in a decision-making process and who will be there
  • be given time and space so they can say what they mean
  • have a support person with them in a decision-making process, such as a relative or worker they trust
  • be given feedback about what will happen with the information they provide
  • provide their own feedback on the decision-making process
  • refuse to participate or withdraw from a process at any time
  • benefit from their participation.