We are developing a best practice guide to engage with children, due to be released in 2024. Watch this space.

Child voice in decision making

When adults consult with children, we enact their rights. Engaging children in decision-making nurtures key skills for life, encourages self-advocacy and teaches problem solving, connection to community whilst collaborating and contributing as active citizens. The results are lifelong. Engaging children helps them feel safe and included. Involving children in designing spaces to hear their ideas, concerns, values and preferences always achieves better outcomes for the whole community.

At the Valuing Children Initiative, we advocate for children and young people to have their voices heard. Children are calling for adults to listen and give them opportunities to have a voice when it comes to making decisions that affect their lives.