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Participation Standards for children and young people

About Participation Standards: Your Say

Involving children and young people in decision making is a key priority for the Government of Jersey. It was one of the main priorities in the Chief Minister’s 100 Day Plan in 2022, and a priority of the Minister for Children and Education. 

Participation Standards ensures that children and young people, who choose to have a say, are listened to, their views are included, and their contribution is respected and acted upon.

Children and young people have a right to be listened to under Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

How our Participation Standards were created

Islanders were invited to have their say on creating the standards by completing an anonymous survey. This child-friendly survey, which explained what Participation Standards are, was shared through Government of Jersey communication channels and with schools, colleges, nurseries, and charities who work with children, young people, and families in Jersey.



Hundreds of children and young people, and those who work with them, helped to co-create the Participation Standards, and what they should look like and include.

As part of the 100 day plan, the Department for Children, Young People, Education and Skills (CYPES) hosted a workshop for university students, during the summer, and a number of workshops at the Radisson Hotel on Friday 30 September 2022 for children young people, schools, and organisations that work with them to create the standards. 

Workshops were also held in a number of schools and the feedback from students and teachers have all shaped the first Participation Standards for Jersey.

Participation Standards feedback report

How to use the Participation Standards

If you're involving children and young people in decision making you should review the Participation Standards and toolkits. You can also review the online training which will be available on this page in the next few weeks. This will help you see the most effective way to get children and young people’s views involved.

The Participation Standards say that children and young people should have the opportunity to be involved. However it's important to remember that this is a choice. Children and young people have the right to choose to be involved, but they also have the right to change their mind.

If you're involving children and young people, it's important that the information is easy to:

  • read
  • understand
  • find

You should support all children and young people in having their say. Some children may need extra support, but this should not stop them from being involved.

When you're asking children and young people for their views, it's important that this is done in a safe and secure way and that their views are:

  • respected
  • valued
  • treated with kindness

Once all children and young people have been involved, it's important that you give them feedback on how their ideas and views made a difference.

Participation Standards poster

Participation Standards cards

Toolkit for engaging with children and young people  

The toolkit for engaging with children and young people has been produced by the Jersey Youth Service in co-production with children and young people around the Island.

Toolkit for engaging with children and young people  

Having this engagement toolkit alongside the Participation Standards means that any area of Government as well as charities and services, that want to involve children and young people, will have the tools to do so effectively and meaningfully.

Good participation of children and young people goes beyond just giving them a voice. It is a process that includes children and young people from start to finish.

It involves children and young people being actively listened to and supported to express their views.

These views should have a genuine influence on policy development and children should receive feedback after they take the time to share their views.

Further toolkits, online training and translations to different languages are being developed and will be published on this page soon.

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