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Poll: Participation

We heard Emily Delap speak about the importance of participation of children and young people in decision making.

We asked you to take part in a poll which will help us understand what you think about participation of children and young people in decisions about their care.

You were asked the following question:

Is it important that children and young people should meaningfully participate in all steps of decision making about their care?

Voting in the poll has now closed. Read further for Chrissie’s analysis of the poll results.

Answer % of votes
Yes – I fully agree 93%
No – I completely disagree 0.3%
I partially agree 6.7%

Chrissie’s analysis of the poll. Thank you for taking part in our poll. The fact that 93% of you fully agreed that children and young people should meaningfully participate in all steps of decision making about their care is most encouraging.

I am very interested in the 6.7% of you who partially agreed. Perhaps it is because of some of the challenges that you have been writing about particularly in relation to very young children or children with disabilities? Perhaps it is related to the need for more tools to be developed and shared that would facilitate such participation? Perhaps it is related to the need for more training for professionals so that they feel confident in facilitating participation? If you have the opportunity, perhaps you could let us know more about why you made this choice.

If there are practical examples of tools that anyone is using already that can facilitate such meaningful participation, then we would love to know more about them.

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This article is from the free online course:

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

University of Strathclyde

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