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Children’s Social Participation, Models of

There has been increasing interest in many nations over the past 30 years about how to responsibly listen to the perspectives of children as a way of involving them in the fulfilment of their rights. The primary motivator for a global concern with this issue was the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 1989. Article 12 of the Convention makes a strong, though very general, call for children’s participation:

States Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.

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