Respect for children’s participation rights has becoming an increasingly prominent feature of law and policy affecting children in England. There have been various government initiatives which promote opportunities for children and young people to influence matters which affect them.

In this section we give an overview of policy affecting children and young people’s participation. The links listed below give details of particular Government departments that have specific responsibilities for elements of children and young people’s participation.

For details of policy which affects particular groups of children, such as children in care, or in specific settings or sectors such as health or early years, visit our topics pages.

Big society reportParticipation: standards, evidence and the Big Society
This report from Participation Works recommends that a number of steps are taken to secure young people’s participation in the Big Society, and the role of the participation worker as the primary catalyst for this.

Participation Legislation

The past decade has seen a progressive shift in the legislative and policy framework relating to children and young people’s participation.

Participation Policy 1997-2010

We have archived the key policy documents which relate to children and young people’s participation issued by the Government between 1997 and 2010.

Participation Policy 2010

In May 2010, the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrat Party formed a coalition government.


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Project to promote and widen young people’s participation and influence in decision and policy making across the region.

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