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Skip to 0 minutes and 1 second[Translator] What is your name and where are you from? My name is Victoria and I come from Moldova. [Translator] My name is Victoria, and I come from Moldova. Why do you think children should be part of the decision making process? I think children should be part of decision making because they know better what is good for them.

Skip to 0 minutes and 32 seconds[Translator] I think that children should be part of decision making, because they know better what is good for them. I'm Anna, and I'm from Croatia. Well, I think it's important both for children and for people that are taking care of them, because it leads to their growing up. And it's important for young people who will become independent to have skills of communicating and expressing their feelings and their needs and their fears. And it's important for them to be courage-- to have courage enough to stand for themselves. And for the people that are taking care, of course, it's important to know how to individually help them. What are their needs?

Skip to 1 minute and 31 secondsI think that the most important thing that they should know is that we can do everything. We just need their help. So I think it's all about encouraging them. They don't have to take us, our hand and lead us to somewhere. They just need to remind us that we can do it.

What do children and young people think about participation

In this video, we hear Victoria and Anna tell us why it is important children and young people participate in decisions being made about their lives.

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Getting Care Right for All Children: Implementing the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

University of Strathclyde