Standards help you drive up quality and performance measured against public expections. Building in young people's participation to your organisation requires a strategic plan - your organisation will probably have to change structures and process to allow children and young people's voice and influence to have some real effect. But where to start and what to do?  And how can you involve children and young people in the process early on?


Hear by Right is a tried and tested standards framework for organizational change that embeds youth participation. Hear by Right is used by hundreds of diverse organisations, from local authorities and national government departments, to small third sector organisations.

The Hear by Right shared learning website includes more details about the tool, briefings for specific circumstances, and an extensive database of shared learning from users of Hear by Right.

There are a number of resources available from the downloads page on the Hear by Right site.

British Youth Council's Youth on Board Awards are an exclusively youth-led rolling award scheme that recognises innovative and exciting youth participation, both from young people and the projects and organisations that support them. Have a look at the British Youth Council website for more information.

The Youth Voice Award has been developed by British Youth Council to recognise and accredit the hard work that young representatives do within their local communities, but also challenge you to try something new, exciting and innovative. Young people will be required to complete at least ten hours of varying activities in order to gain the ASDAN accredited award. An easy to use log book as well as staff handbook will be available to accompany the award to make the process as easy and straightforward as possible. Find out more from the British Youth Council website.

For people working with children and young people in Wales there is a National Participation Standard and Self-Assessment Pack.

Practice Standards in Children’s Participation. This publication presents a set of practice standards developed by Save the Children on the basis of its experience in children's participation in countries across the world.


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Related Resources

Hear by Right Self Assessment Tool

To map and plan the participation of children and young people in your organisation.

Hear by Right and the Third Sector briefing paper

Hear by Right and the Third Sector: how to measure and improve children and young people’s participation.

Participation Charter

The Children Now Participation Charter was drawn up in association with Participation Works and its partners.

Evaluating Participation Work - Evaluation in a Nutshell

This short guide breaks down the evaluation process into simple easy to follow steps.

Listen and Learn (case study)

Listen and Learn – brief details on a consultation with children asking what they would like their family support workers to be like.

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