Participation and change

There is no point in the participation of young people unless it leads to change.


Tue 30th Nov 2010
A group of disabled young people from the North East of England recently visited Brussels as part of the EY2010 European Year for Combating
Wed 13th Oct 2010
I was at an event with local authority participation workers recently where many workers expressed frustration that they had been told not to consult with young people on public spending cuts because of the risk of a conflict of interest.
Wed 25th Aug 2010
  For the past two years, Investing in Children has been working with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool on a ground-breaking project that attempts to turn the theory of human rights into reality making things better for children and young people themselves, in a hospital setting. The short piece attached summarises young people’s experience of dialogue and practical significant change for them in the services they receive and the difference they say this makes to them.   
Thu 22nd Jul 2010
Since 2002 Investing in Children has been working with children and young people who are diabetic and their local health services to improve the way those services are provided. Evidence of dialogue and evidence of change are at the heart of effective participation, as this example suggests.
Fri 2nd Jul 2010
Jennie recently shared the story of a young people's centre in Baltimore, opened after nine years of young people campaigning, raising funds and working to create a space of their own. Here, in an article reposted from the US National Writing Project, the story is told in more detail.
Wed 19th May 2010
Young people in a Baltimore neighbourhood have been working for nine years for their own youth centre. They have campaigned, raised funds, done much of the renovations themselves and this month they had a celebration to open the Youth Dreamers community centre.
Wed 21st Apr 2010
What's the real purpose of participation? Read on for more about taking a 'What's Changed?' approach to promoting the rights of children and young people.


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4 years 13 weeks ago bill commented:

You raise crucial points, Clare. It is a powerful reminder to those of us working in the UK to hear your comments about similar dilemmas between the rhetoric and reality of participation. It was out of seeing how a tool like Hear by Right (...

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4 years 13 weeks ago bill commented:

This is such an inspiring story because it has great evidence from young people of dialogue and change, but also the change the young people have achieved seems to be about community empowerment and neighbourhood action. So much...

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3 years 49 weeks ago Bill Badham (not verified) commented:

I realised that while we had tweeted reference to Matt Blick's powerful song summarising No Discernible Change through the ten year New Deal for Communities programme in Hyson Green and Radford, Nottingham, we hadn't posted the lyrics to this...

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3 years 50 weeks ago Anonymous commented:

Having had first hand experience of my son being treated under Alder Hey I can testify to the involvement of children in their treatment. My son met his nurse and surgeon in the play room and both us and him were asked if we had any...

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