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Participation

What is participation?

Participation means taking part in something. We define participation to be the meaningful involvement of children and young people in Jersey in the decisions that have an impact on their lives, families, schools and community.

The Children’s Commissioner has a responsibility in law to directly involve children and young people in Jersey in her work. This includes working with children and young people to develop projects and seeking their views about how life is for them so that she can act where their rights are not being upheld.

The Participation team supports the Commissioner to involve children in the work that we do.

What we do

Youth Advisory Panel

The Participation team support the Youth Advisory Panel in their role of advising, guiding and challenging the work of the Commissioner.

The panel share their views, thoughts, and experiences with the Commissioner and her team so that we can understand the challenges and issues faced by children and young people in Jersey, and to make decisions about what the Commissioner needs to do to stand up for children.

You can meet our Youth Advisory panel here.

Raising Awareness

The Commissioner and the Participation team visit children and young people across the island supporting them to understand their rights and how they can contact the Commissioner if they feel that their rights are not being respected and upheld by adults.

To access resources to use with children and young people to help them understand their rights, please visit our useful links and resources page.

 

Participation Advisory Group

The Participation team support the development of participation with children and young people in all organisations and settings and can offer advice and guidance on this. Please contact Andrea Le Saint on 01534 867317 to discuss how you can engage children in decision making in your organisation.

The Participation team are part of a Participation Advisory Group in Jersey which supports and informs best practice and standards for children and young people’s participation.