General Children's Participation Criteria: Sectoral guidelines and instruments for ensuring children's meaningful participation

The aim of this publication is to encourage and facilitate children and youth’s participation in consultation and decision-making processes at all levels. It is based on the UN Convention basic criteria, as well as on the General Comment No. 12 on Meaningful Child Participation and provides guidance to adults in promoting and realizing children’s right to participation and children’s overall rights, as part of child activities, projects, programs, policies, or services, by introducing them with the main participation principles along with a measurement indicators menu for each. The list of questions presented at the end of the document serves as a process progress checklist.

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Adolescents and Youth
Community Participation
Research and Evidence