Strengthening participation of children and young people with disability in advocacy: issues paper
Simmons, C & Robinson, S 2014, Strengthening participation of children and young people with disability in advocacy: issues paper, prepared for the Australian Government, represented by the Department of Social Services.
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Participation by children and young people in advocacy and change-making can not only improve and foster positive change in their own lives, but also influence the lives of others. When young people’s participation is supported, meaningful and engaged, multiple benefits accrue. Their perspectives and experiences bring a unique contribution and can result in rights-based empowerment, enacted citizenship and improved relationships. This has the potential to shape policy, to increase the relevance and responsiveness of organisations they use, and to influence change in their communities in positive ways.