Principles of meaningful participation
- Children and young people have human rights, including the right to make decisions and to have a say in the decisions that affect their lives.
- Hearing and acting on the voices of children and young people is essential to their safety and for the quality and safety of services.
- Children and young people have experience and expertise to share.
- Seeking, listening to and acting on the voices of children and young people is part of everyone’s role.
- The voices of children and young people are diverse. All children and young people are valued and respected, and their differences appreciated.
- The voices of children and young people lead to positive action.
- Children and young people know how they can participate and are engaged in ways that make sense to them.
- Participation promotes a strong voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.
- Children and young people are informed and understand what it means to participate and how their participation will link to outcomes.
- Child and youth participation is ethical, accessible, inclusive, safe and culturally, linguistically and religiously appropriate.
- Participation is sought from children and young people with lived experience of disadvantage.