On 9 December 2021, the Children’s Rights Division hosted an online webinar on how to reach out and involve vulnerable children in decision making, organised in the framework of the European Union and Council of Europe “CP4Europe – Strengthening National Child Participation Frameworks and Action in Europe”, implemented in partnership with 5 countries - the Czech Republic, Iceland, Portugal, Slovenia and Finland.
The webinar offered an excellent opportunity to take stock of all the lessons learned in the area, thanks to the contribution of international child participation experts with long-standing theoretical and, most importantly, practical experience. The experts started with the challenges identified and gave a brief explanation on safeguarding and ethical issues involved in practicing child participation of vulnerable children in different contexts. Afterwards they guided the participants through existing tools and methodologies which have been successful so far in including children who are seldom heard in decision-making processes. At the end of the webinar, a variety of professionals working for and with children left with a ready-to-use set of practical tools allowing them to start implementing inclusive child participation right away.
The event brought together the CP4Europe partners, policy makers, representatives of national authorities and institutions, members of the academia, child participation experts, professionals working with children, as well as civil society. All participants had the opportunity to share their experience and address targeted questions to our experts about the implementation of child participation with vulnerable children in their national context.