The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in particular Article 12, states that children and young people ‘have the right to say what they think should happen when adults are making decisions that affect them and have their opinions taken into account’. This has been enshrined in UK Government legislation and in turn involving C&YP has become more recognised and accepted.
In June 2012 the DFE’s issued Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities (LAs) on Services and Activities to Improve Young People’s Well-being under Section 507B of the Education and Inspections Act 2006. The guidance stated that ‘LAs must take steps to ascertain the views of young people and to take them into account in making decisions about services and activities for them, in line with Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). They should establish and maintain structured arrangements for doing so. To inform continuous improvement, these arrangements should enable young people to inspect and report at least annually on the quality and accessibility of provision. As appropriate they should also be involved actively in service design, delivery and governance. Young people should receive the support they need to participate, ensuring representation of the full diversity of local young people, and those who may not otherwise have a voice.
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