7 Golden Rules that help children and young people participate

30 March 2016

We’ve refreshed our popular 7 Golden Rules for Participation, which help the voices of children and young people be heard.

Our Golden Rules pack for children has been redesigned, and now sits alongside a new pack designed especially for work with young people.

The new pack features drawings from Charlotte Duffy of Waste of Paint Productions, who young people from Fife Youth Arts Hub chose to illustrate the rules.

The redesigned pack for children continues to feature art from Graham Ogilvie of Ogilvie Design.

A young people’s toolkit for use with the Golden Rules will be produced soon.

About the Golden Rules

The Golden Rules help adults who work with children or young people to:

  • become aware of children and young people’s right to meaningful participation under Article 12 of the UNCRC,
  • understand the right to meaningful participation, and
  • understand the values and principles underlying good practice in participation.

You can use the Rules:

  • to build confidence, enable planning and inform practice
  • to assess the progress and quality of practice centred on children’s rights,
  • to help children and young people understand their right to participation, and
  • as a child centred planning and evaluation tool.

Find out more about the Golden Rules.

Tell us your stories

People across Scotland have used the Golden Rules in all sorts of ways— you can see some of them in our case study videos. We’d love to hear about your experiences with them, too. Contact us to tell us what you’ve done.

Get the Golden Rules

All our Golden Rules packs are free, and can be sent anywhere in Scotland free of charge. Contact us to order a pack.

You can also download the Golden Rules:

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