On the 21st of January, the Council of Europe published a new handbook on children’s participation, titled ‘Listen-Act-Change’, made for professionals working with youth throughout all of Europe. This document acts as a guide for implementing both the Council of Europe Recommendation on the participation of children and young people under the age of 18, and Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which aims to guarantee children’s right to express their opinion freely regarding all issues that affect them, properly bearing their opinions in mind according to their age and maturity.
The new handbook is a tool which combines different modules to explain, in a detailed manner, the concept of child participation in theory and practice, and also guides professionals towards its implementation in different intervention settings, individually, collectively and in specific institutional contexts.
This publication was completed thanks to the voluntary contributions provided by a number of Council of Europe member states (Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Luxembourg, Monaco, and Ukraine).
Read more and access the manual (currently available in English and French): https://www.coe.int/en/web/children/-/-listen-act-change-launch-of-a-new-council-of-europe-guide-on-children-s-participation