Understanding the views, experiences and ideas for change of children and young people is vital in shaping services and informing commissioning decisions, and contributes to putting Citizens at the Heart of all our work. But more importantly when done well the process of participation supports children and young people to be safer, happier and healthier, helping them become good decision makers and hopefully more resilient, self-aware and responsible adults.
Children and young people have a right to participation in decision making. It's a right enshrined in Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. But participation isn't just an abstract concept, it is a culture that we must work to build and maintain in order to provide better outcomes for all children and young people in the city.
This strategy helps us understand our responsibility to facilitate and promote participation. It provides some of the actions we need to take to support young citizens to have a voice. It gives Children's Partnership members a framework for engaging, enabling and empowering children and young people and it supports those who work with them too.
The action plan for the strategy is updated each year and provides for outcomes in three areas where children and young people have a right to be involved in decision making: at individual level, for instance in statutory processes and pathway plans; at social level, when engaging in and with services provided by us; and at public or group level, taking part in more formal co-production activities that link to the Children's Partnership and other governance structures at local, regional and national level.
Engagement and Participation Lead
Nottingham City Council