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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Children's participation

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Children's Participation is one in a series of topical guides developed for PAN:Children that provides key information on the current state of affairs in South Africa related to child participation in issues that affect them. It highlights practical guidance, lessons learned and case studies (both national and international) that will be helpful in policy development dialogue and knowledge sharing. The focus is on: tThe mismatch between the level of legislative protection of the right of children to participate and the recognition and implementation of the right at all levels of government and within social structures at a community and family level, culture and custom is a barrier to participation of children, access to information for children is a key barrier to exercising their rights to participate, and,limited understanding amongst all stakeholders of the value of children’s participation as an added value to the policy-making / decision-making process.