This document presents key findings from an evaluation of legislation, policy and practice on child participation in the European Union. A full account of the study is provided separately within the main research report.
The evaluation aimed to provide a comprehensive overview of the legal and policy framework for child participation at Member State and EU levels; particular structures and approaches, and the impact of child participation. The results were to provide a baseline for the participation of children in the development and implementation of actions and policies that affect them, for individual children, groups of children and children as a group.
The specific objectives were:
1. To map legislation, policy and practice in the 28 Member States of the EU with regard to implementation of the right of the child to participate;
2. To address attitudes towards, and cultural acceptance of, child participation in the various settings;
3. To identify any barriers to full implementation of the right of the child to participate, and identify enablers of child participation;
4. To identify and showcase good practice on child participation in the EU Member States, including at local, regional and national levels, as well as within the EU institutions;
5. To evaluate the work completed by the European Commission and other EU institutions on child participation; and,
6. To draw up recommendations and practical guidelines for child participation at local, regional, national and European level.
The full report can be accessed here.