Topic 5: The Principle of Participation

Last but not least, the Principle of Participation is clearly elaborated in Article 12 of the CRC, according to which a child must be able to express his/her opinion to matters of concern to them, and his/her opinion must be taken into consideration according to his/her age and maturity level. As Hodgkin & Newell (2007) note, by expressing his/her views, the child becomes an active participant in various settings in which this right is exercised. The same authors pinpoint that a prerequisite of exercising the right is the provision of the necessary information to the child. This is important in order for a child to have an informed opinion, considering all possible perspectives. It also includes providing feedback to the child about the extent to which his/her opinion has been taken into consideration and the extent to which his/her desire has been satisfied.