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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Children's rights to participate in social dialogue.

Type :
Research reports & papers
Author :
Jamieson, L.
Published :
2011
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Children’s right to participate is protected by law, and adults have a responsibility to include children in decisions that affect them. The Constitution says that adults have to put children’s best interests first when they make decisions or do things that affect children. This means they have to think about and do what is best for the child. Understanding children’s experiences, wishes and opinions allows adults to make the right choices, knowing what the impact of their decisions will be on children. Adults also have to tell children what they have decided, and why. Children’s right to participate is made up of many different rights. These rights are shared by all children everywhere. Children have the right to be treated equally (the same as others) and not to be discriminated against. Children have the right to information that they can understand. Children have the freedom to think their own thoughts, and the right to express themselves freely, but they also have the right to privacy and don’t have to share personal thoughts or feelings.