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Models for Children's Involvement

Nordic countries mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

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2010 is the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In honour of this, we present in this publication 23 selected articles about children’s involvement in the Nordic countries and in the self-governing territories of Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Åland. The articles illustrate a broad spectrum of models for participation as applied in central arenas in everyday lives of children and young people: pre-schools and schools, culture and local environment, and in political decisions. We have also included articles that concern the involvement of children and young people with experiences as clients in the welfare support system. An important goal is that these examples will serve as inspiration and toolkits for others who work with children and young people. This publication was produced by Norwegian Social Research (NOVA) as commissioned by the Nordic Committee for Children and Young People (NORDBUK) at the Nordic Council of Ministers.

English Finnish, Icelandic

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Political participation

While focus on children’s and young people’s involvement has intensified, there has been a drop in the numbers recruited to traditional children’s and young people’s organisations and to political youth organisations. This applies both to local political activity and locally-based social engagement. Research has shown that young people generally are concerned about themes such as environment, substance misuse, criminality, racism and other tangible issues, but regard political parties and politicians with a certain scepticism. Thus we observe that political engagement is more activityoriented. One interpretation of the drop in membership of the traditional organisations is that these no longer address young people’s issues and needs to the extent they once did

English Finnish, Icelandic

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