What is Participation?
Participation in children’s and youth work is listening to children & young people so that they can be involved in:
Especially in the things that affect them.
Every child has the right to say what they think in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.
Article 12: UN Convention of the rights of a child 1989.
Why should your Church engage with Participation?
1 Timothy 4:12 Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
How to engage with Participation?
Enables Children/young people to have a greater sense of ownership and belonging.
Offers churches a different perspective and fresh ideas
Offers the possibility of generations listening to each other and shaping a different future together.
Helps all to feel valued for who they are and what they bring.
There are endless creative and fun ways of listening to the voices of the young. However, it is important that you choose age appropriate resources that best suit those you are listening to.
For more information on having a Participation training session for your children/youth leaders, ideas and resources contact;
Sue Mitchell; Children and Families Missioner 0151 705 2167
Download items from the 2009 pack on the right.