Webinar: 21st April, 2021 5.00-6.00 pm AEST
The Right of Children to participate and be heard is enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Committee on the Rights of the Child has repeated the need for the meaningful participation of children in all aspects that impact on their rights in Australia’s policy and practice. Australia’s state and national child rights commissioners have also emphasised the need for children’s voices to be heard.
Professor Laura Lundy has been in the forefront over twenty years of talking to children and making the voices of children heard in policy from the local to the global. She has developed a model clarifying the different aspects of participation – ‘space, voice, audience and influence’ – that has been adopted by international organisations such as the European Commission and World Health Organisation, and global NGOs such as World Vision and UNICEF.
Professor Lundy has promoted the engagement of children with the CRC Committee. She will outline the practical application of the ‘Lundy model’, and address the steps needed by state and federal government policy-makers tasked with the reporting process, as well as service providers and child rights advocates, to implement the Concluding Observations of the CRC and to ensure children’s participation in this.