Children and young people’s participation in impact assessment

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Abstract / Description of output

According to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), every person up to the age of 18 years has rights to participate including the provision to express their views and to have those views be given due weight (Article 12). Children and young people’s involvement in impact assessment is essential to identify issues for policy and practice as well as the solutions to any gaps or problems. Thus, an ethical and logical case exists for children and young people’s participation in impact assessments. This chapter posits a child rights-based approach to children and young people’s participation. To support impact assessment practitioners, it highlights common challenges and explores key lessons and guidance of how child and young people’s participation occurs in impact assessment. Finally, their participation is considered in several sectors around the world including government, independent human rights commissioners/ombudsperson offices, NGOs, and business.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Public Participation in Impact Assessment
EditorsTanya Burdett, A. John Sinclair
PublisherEdward Elgar
ISBN (Print)9781800889989
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024

Publication series

NameResearch Handbooks on Impact Assessment
PublisherEdward Elgar

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • participation rights
  • children's rights
  • children's rights impact assessment (CRIA)
  • children's rights-based approach (CRBA)


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