The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC) provides for specific civil and political rights for children and young people as citizens.
Of the civil and political rights contained in UNCROC, the right to be heard under Article 12 has fundamental importance:
“States parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views to be given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.”
This means that the government must ensure that children and young people are able to participate in decision-making processes that affect them and have their views duly considered in such processes.
Two examples of Non Governmental Organisations' work designed to bring the voices of children and young people into the UNCROC reporting process are: