Children’s Rights and Participation

The National Child Participation Guide for Uganda –

Creating an Environment for Children to be Heard

(Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Uganda reported in INEE

bi monthly newsletter)Since ratifying the United Nations Convention on the

Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 1990, the Government of Uganda has made

considerable progress in ensuring the observance of children’s rights to survival,

development and protection. However, the fulfillment of the right to participation,

which facilitates the realization of other rights, remains a challenge. Thus, as a

means to promote the participation of children, the Ministry of Gender, Labour

and Social Development in collaboration with Uganda Child Rights NGO Network (UCRNN)

and UNICEF launched the National Child Participation Guide for Uganda, a document

designed to guide stakeholders working with children on how to involve them in matters affecting them.

The goal of this guide is to encourage a safe environment that promotes the participation

of children in the family, community, and institutions. It is specifically designed for those

working at institutions and organizations such as schools, health care facilities, legal institutions,

probation and welfare institutions, local councils, community-based organizations, and the media.

By providing organisations with a clear approach and methodology on how to involve children,

this guide establishes a framework for strengthening communication between adults and children

and directly between children themselves.

For access to the full guide, please click here.

For more information, please contact


Drawing on research across a range of disciplines the Rights and Participation group

will consider the barriers to inclusion and participation, focusing on structural inequalities

(class, ‘race’, ‘identity’, gender, sexuality, disability, age) and institutional responses to

adequate and appropriate service provision.  A rights-based approach, incorporating economic

and social rights, civil and political rights, will be adopted to establish child-friendly,

inclusive mechanisms ensuring children’s voices are heard in all settings: rights’

implementation strategies and policies; health care and welfare; family life and

looked after children; education and schooling; community safety and services;

policing, youth justice and child custody.…/chpart_childrenviolence.doc…/chpart_childrenviolence.doc


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