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Why involve children and young people?

For CWDC, participation means ensuring the structures, resources and processes are in place so we and our workforce can take action, make changes and be steered by what children, young people and their families tell us.

CWDC has adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in its entirety. Article 12 of the UNCRC says that 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 those opinions taken into account.

The decisions and plans made about the development and reform of the children and young people's workforce nationally, regionally and locally impact on the lives of children and young people. Therefore we believe children and young people should be involved in the development and reform of the children and young people's workforce.

Participation within CWDC

Our mission includes making sure the child is at the centre of all services.

We want this to be true of our own company, therefore we have created and published a participation strategy [PDF - 62 KB].

You can find out more about what we are doing to involve children and young people in the participation at CWDC section.

Participation in workforce development

Involving children and young people in decisions about the services they receive is now common practice within many organisations. However children and young people are less often involved in decisions about the people who provide these services.

Visit the participation resources section for case studies, examples and toolkits to help you involve children and young people in workforce development.

CWDC's participation fund provided funding for a range of different projects to develop practice and resources around involving young people in workforce development including recruitment and selection, induction and training, and assessment and appraisal. You can find out more about the projects funded between 2007 and 2010 in the participation fund section. 


Page updated: 23 September 2011

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Visit the UNICEF Tag'd website for a summary of the convention in child friendly language.

Learn more about UNCRC at the UNICEF tag'd website.

CWDC participation strategy

See our strategy for involving children and young people in every aspect of our work.

Download our particiaption strategy [PDF - 57 Kb]

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