Involving children and young people in developing social care

Culture: resource tool box 1

Establishing an understanding of why participation is important

Children are service users too: A guide to consulting with children and young people. L. Fajerman, P. Treseder and J. Connor, Save the Children, 2004. Sets out the legislative background to participation in the United Kingdom.

'Total respect' course handbook. Children's Rights Officers and Advocates/Department of Health, 2000. Includes an outline for training and discussion about 'why promote participation'.

The active involvement of young people in the Connexions Service. Department for Education and Science, 2001. Includes guidance for practitioners and managers about the rationale for children and young people's involvement. Available at:

Learning to listen: Core principles for the involvement of children and young people. Children and Young People's Unit, 2001. Provides examples of the benefits of involving children and young people as well as the principles of participation that should underpin the planning, delivery and evaluation of government policies and services. Available at:

Onwards and upwards: Involving disabled children and young people in decisions-making. J. Griffiths, G. Cunningham and S. Dick, Children in Scotland, 1999. Specifically about the involvement of disabled children and young people, this manual provides an outline of training and associated overheads to introduce practitioners to the benefits of participation, as well as the legal framework of involvement.

A right to know. Article 12. Toolkit (including a video and activities for training workshops) for teachers and youth workers to introduce children's rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to young people aged 11-18 years old.