National Participation Forum

Established in November 2007 the National Participation Forum (NPF) brings together a group of influential organisations and individuals committed to the participation of Children and Young People.

As participation is required to take place more and more, the forum will keep a collective overview of the quality of what is being undertaken, what standards and challenges are evident within different sectors and will provide a platform to exchange expertise and ideas in order for the forum to have maximum impact in reaching into different sectors and vulnerable groups.

With the participation of children and young people now a legal requirement within service provision in the children’s sector as a whole, the NPF is looking towards a long-term existence, with clear definitions of working with children and young people from 0-19, and up to 23 years old for those who are vulnerable in England.

The forum is currently Chaired by Dr Maggie Atkinson, Children’s Commissioner for England and a young person. Although Participation Works do not service the National Participation Forum, all 7 partners are currently represented on the forum along with a multitude of other leading national organisations from across the third and statutory sector.

Read the National Participation Forum Terms of Reference here

List of organisatons in the National Participation Forum:


  • British Youth Council
  • Cabinet Office
  • Catch 22
  • Children England
  • Children's Rights Alliance for England
  • Council for Disabled Children
  • Department for Education 
  • Department of Health, NHS England
  • Howard League
  • Independent Police Complaints Commission
  • KIDS
  • Ministry of Defence 
  • National Association of Head Teachers
  • National Children's Bureau
  • National Council for Voluntary Youth Services
  • National Youth Agency
  • Office of the Children's Commissioner
  • NYAS
  • Play England
  • Save the Children UK
  • The Children's Society 
  • UK Youth
  • Young  Children's Voices Network


National Participation Forum Meetings

The NPF meet three times a year. You can view details of each meeting by downloading agendas, minutes and other relevant documents from this page.

Research Publications

Research publications produced by or on behalf of NPF

National Participation Strategy: Have your say

Read the National Participation Strategy and leave your feedback

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