‘Listen, engage have fun’: Guide on involving children in child rights impact assessment (CRIA) and child rights impact evaluation (CRIE).

Listen, engage, have fun’ is a user-friendly guide to involving children in child rights impact assessment (CRIA) and child rights impact evaluation (CRIE). 

What are CRIA and CRIE and why do they matter?  

Scotland is set to incorporate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into domestic law with the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill. This is a huge opportunity to ensure all children’s human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled. Such incorporation requires a human rights approach to policies, services and practices.  

Child rights impact assessment (CRIA) examines the potential impacts on children and young people arising from laws, policies, budget decisions, programmes and services as they are being developed.

Carrying out a CRIA will help identify ways to avoid or mitigate any negative impacts. This is done before a decision or action is set in place.

Child rights impact evaluation (CRIE) provides an opportunity to consider the intended or unintended effect of legislative changes, budget decisions, policies, programmes, or services on children and young people’s rights. 

Working through a CRIE can identify what changes would be needed to ensure the measure respects children’s rights and complies with the UNCRC. This is done after a decision has been made or action has been taken. 

 The importance of involving children and young people

Children have the right to have their views heard and be taken seriously.

Involving children in CRIA and CRIE increases the possibility of their perspectives, ideas and everyday experience informing policy development and decision-making.  

We have produced a guide which outlines how and when to do this, with helpful suggestions on how to engage with children and young people.

The guide is supported by a case study that highlights children’s views and ideas on involving children in decision-making processes and a report on the wider considerations necessary to ensure meaningful and effective participation of children with CRIA and CRIE.

Children’s involvement in CRIA and CRIE must be planned early in the process so that their participation is meaningful, enjoyable and informs each stage of the work. 

The resources focus on involving children aged around eight to 13 and are grounded in a children’s human rights based approach.



Below are our resources to help you better understand CRIA and CRIE. We produced these in partnership with the Children’s Parliament, Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights) and the Observatory of Children’s Human Rights Scotland. 

The full range of resources available for download include:

  ‘Listen, engage, have fun: Guide on involving children in child rights impact assessment (CRIA) and child rights impact evaluation (CRIE).’ 

‘Involving children in child rights impact assessment (CRIA): A case study with Members of Children’s Parliament in East Lothian, Scotland.’ 

‘Involving children in child rights impact assessment (CRIA) and child rights impact evaluation (CRIE): Report from the Observatory of Children’s Human Rights Scotland’ 

The Observatory’s work was facilitated by the Impact Acceleration Grant from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Grant awarded to the University of Edinburgh (grant reference ES/T50189X/1)

‘Listen, engage, have fun’ PDF worksheets

We also provide separate parts of ‘Listen, engage, have fun’, including templates and activities, for download and printing. These provide a quick reference when engaging with children and young people.

Seven high-level points about carrying
out CRIA and CRIE

Stages in a CRIA process

Simplified CRIA template

Checklist for conducting CRIA and CRIE

Key recommendations from children about involving them in CRIA and CRIE

Planning children’s involvement

Tips from children for adults who want to work with children

Tips for online engagement with
children and adults

Tips for creating child-friendly information

Child-friendly information for
CRIA and CRIE processes

The UNCRC story PDF

Opening, closing and taking care

Activity 1: Rights as precious jewels

Activity 2: Happy, healthy and safe map

Activity 3: Postcards

Activity 4: Megaphones

Activity 5: Spaghetti and marshmallows

Activity 6: Participation cakes

Activity reflection template

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