Other Networks

The Children’s Participation Learning Network

The Children’s Participation Learning Network provides a 'space' for critical thinking and innovation concerning children's and young people's participation. In particular it promotes critical learning and dialogue between practitioners, policy-makers, academics and other researchers, and children and young people to achieve meaningful participation for children and young people in all sections of society. The Network – with an international membership - provides a space to support practice learning and exchange, develop and promote new ways of thinking about participation and innovate practice through ‘learning events’, workshops and seminars. The Network provides an email list to facilitate sharing and dialogue, a website and a programme of workshops and seminars. 

Children’s Rights Officers and Advocates

Children’s Rights Officers and Advocates (CROA) was formed in 1992 by a group of children’s rights officers. We are an umbrella organisation representing the professional interests of children’s rights officers, and advocates. Our association is a vital source of support and advice for practitioners working in the field of children’s rights and advocacy in various settings. Since we began CROA has increased in size to the point that we now have over 200 member projects who are dedicated to children’s rights, the participation of children and young people in decisions that will make a difference to their lives and advocating on behalf of those children and young people who need independent help in getting their voice heard.

English National Youth Arts Network

ENYAN is the English National Youth Arts Network. The network was launched in June 2006 and is a membership body designed to raise the profile of youth arts across England and the UK, thereby creating more opportunities for the creative and personal development of young people, particularly those considered 'at risk'. ENYAN membership is completely free and is for anyone working with or for young people in the arts or anyone working in youth services who takes, or would like to take, a creative approach to their work. The network is based around the website which provides members with regular youth arts news, events, training opportunities, job vacancies, articles, interviews, case studies, reports and much more. Members can also post their own news, events and jobs.  The network has established 9 Regional Advisory Panels across the country alongside 1 National Steering Group and has already made connections with partners in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and internationally.

Rural Youth Network

Rural Youth Network is a membership organisation that is free to join. Our members are drawn from across statutory services, small and large voluntary and community organisations, those working in rural development and community development, government departments, academics and researchers. We work with our members to raise awareness of issues faced by young people in rural areas and to influence government policy on matters including transport, affordable housing, access to training, education, employment and leisure opportunities. We provide training, conferences, news bulletins, and good practice case studies.


The Participation Network was a free national network to promote the exchange of ideas and good practice about children and young people's participation in Scotland. It was open to professionals who involve, or would like to involve, children and young people in decision making in their organisation. The Network was run by Children in Scotland and has now work has finished but the pages are kept on their website for historical purposes only.

Northern Ireland

The CiNI Participation Network supports the Public Sector in Northern Ireland to engage effectively with children and young people in the development and review of policy and services that impact on their lives. Their vision is that all government departments, statutory agencies and local government will develop: “A culture where the views of our children and young people are routinely sought in matters which impact on their lives.”  (Our Children and Young People - Our Pledge, a ten year strategy for children and young people in Northern Ireland, OFMDFM, 2006).


The PWNW (Participation Workers' Network for Wales) aims to support workers and organisations in promoting children and young people’s participation and making children and young people’s participation a reality across Wales. The PWNW is being hosted by Children In Wales on behalf of the Children and Young People’s Participation Consortium for Wales, a multi-agency strategic body building capacity for the development of participation in Wales.

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