About us

‘Participation is a process where someone influences decisions about their lives and this leads to change’. Treseder (1997)

Participation Works enables organisations to effectively involve children and young people in the development, delivery and evaluation of services that affect their lives.

We are a partnership made up of the following six agencies: the British Youth Council, Children’s Rights Alliance for England, KIDS, National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, National Youth Agency and Save the Children UK. The Carnegie UK Trust was one of the initiating partners and coordinator of Participation Works until September 2006. The National Children's Bureau were partners until June 2013.

Our vision is that all organisations, agencies and services that affect children and young people will have structures and systems in place to respond to their ideas and priorities, and to work with them to bring about positive change.

We believe that children and young people, and individuals working with them, should understand the importance of human rights, and organisations, agencies and services are working toward the full implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Collectively Participation Works has developed a comprehensive service provision for organisations and individuals who work with children and young people up to the age of 25.

We offer: training and consultancy; a national network of participation workers (the Participation Works Network for England); and an online Gateway that offers a wide selection of information, the latest news and supporting resources on participation.

You can e-mail Participation Works enquiries@participationworks.org.uk or find out how to contact us.

Participation Works is a partnership of…
British Youth CouncilChildren's Rights Alliance for EnglandKIDSNational Council for Voluntary Youth ServicesNational Youth AgencyNCB