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All children and young people “have the right to say what they think should happen when adults are making decisions that affect them and to have their opinions taken into account” (Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child).
Each Australian state and territory governments’ Charter of Rights for children and young people in care includes the right to participate in the decisions that affect their lives. Head to our State Resources page to learn more about the Charter of Rights for children and young people in care in each state.
CREATE’s work aims to improve opportunities for children and young people to have a voice and be heard to improve out-of-home care systems.
Here are some resources to support children and young people to have a say:
For children and young people
This peer to peer resource was developed by CREATE in consultation with clubCREATE members and Young Consultants.
For professionals and workers
This resource was developed by CREATE in consultation with clubCREATE members and Young Consultants with an aim to explaining to case workers and carers why supporting children and young people to participate in decisions is worth the effort.
Whilst children and young people’s participation is often promoted across the out-of-home care (OOHC) sector, policy makers, practitioners and young people sometimes struggle with how good intentions can result in meaningful change. The Children and Young People’s Participation Strategy represents a commitment from the OOHC sector in Queensland to listen and engage at both a systems and individual level. This document is useful for both policy makers and practitioners alike:
It is important to understand that the concept of participation can have different meanings in different cultural contexts. In the below video two Aboriginal CREATE Young Consultants talk about what participation means to them.