Listening to you is really important to us. Your active participation is one of our top priorities and we are aiming to embed a culture of participation across the Council that gives you all a voice, and ensures that your opinions can influence decisions that affect you and your daily lives.

So, what is participation?

Participation is about giving young people the opportunity to have their voices heard and to support them to make decisions for themselves.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child says that you “have the right to say what you think should happen when adults are making decisions that affect you and to have your opinions taken into account” (Article 12 of the UNCRC – United National Convention on the Rights of the Child).

Children's Rights (UNCRC)

Did you know that everyone under the age of 18 years old have 42 rights which are listed in the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights Of The Child)? Here are a few:

  • The right to a healthy life
  • The right to education
  • The right to be with your family
  • The right to play and relax
  • A right to a good standard of living
  • The right to be protected from abuse and harm
  • The right to freedom to gather together and join organisations

We will try to support and provide opportunities for you to be involved in decision making processes locally, regionally and nationally, we promote and encourage participation at all levels.

How is this done?

We work to ensure that all of you know what your rights are and how to be involved in the decisions that affect your lives. We will continue to make sure that you all have the chance to be actively involved. This means listening to your opinions, concerns and views, to ensure that we run provide services that meet your needs and improve the way we work.