As described in the introduction, each of the stories and examples of good practice is divided into six sections.

  • The Issue – specific to that community or group
  • The Organisation
  • The Project – what the project did or does
  • Participation – highlighting the practice of participation
  • Outcomes – direct results of the participatory work

Most of the sections are self-explanatory, however the section on ‘Participation’ will need further explanation. In order to highlight participation and how it was taking place, the authors referred to a model of participation from the Have Your Say! manual.

[The Charter] proposes an approach that can be used in all areas of young people’s involvement at local level, such as when running participatory projects for youth, building youth-adult partnerships or setting up youth organisations and groups, etc.

The charter’s approach to participation is the so called “RMSOS” approach and is based on the five keywords mentioned in the document’s preamble: Right, Means, Space, Opportunity and Support.

It is based on the principle that meaningful youth participation can only take place when the right conditions have been created and all the actors involved in participatory work have been given the responsibility to ensure that these conditions are present.

The five keywords, Right, Means, Space, Opportunity and Support, represent the main factors having an influence on youth involvement at local level.

(Have Your Say! manual on the Revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life, Chapter 3)

Within the context of this publication, two other elements were added to the model, ‘Identity’ and ‘Human Rights and antigypsyism’. Below is an explanation about each of the elements summarised from the original text in the Have Your Say! manual: