Listening2Kids provides basic information to help you engage with children and collect their views
This page provides information and links for those wanting more in-depth material and advice
In this section you can find out more about the ethics process, police vetting and research on the topic of child and youth engagement.
Depending on the topic, you may need to run your proposal through an ethics committee before undertaking research, surveys, or engagement with children.
Guidelines for Māori Research Ethics: A Framework for Researchers and Ethics Committee Members is available here. The guidelines address Māori ethical issues within the context of decision-making by ethics committee members.
Police vetting is required for all people who will come in contact with children, for example people running focus groups.
The NZ Police Vetting Service provides criminal history checks on potential and current employees or volunteers to Approved Agencies that provide care to children, older people and vulnerable members of society in New Zealand.
Further information is available here.
All children can be asked, and communicate, their views. Taking an 'ability' approach ensures you focus on how children with disabilities can participate and communicate.
You may ask them what supports they need to participate, e.g. location accessible in wheelchairs, documents laid out in large writing, sign-language interpreters, 'alone space' that is quiet and relaxing where someone can go who feels overwhelmed, and games that are inclusive that make the engagement fun.
A resource developed by collaborators in Victoria, Australia, entitled "Engaging Children in Decision Making" lists factors to consider for children with disabilities:
The resource also lists some ways children with disabilities can be supported:
We have a basic, easy to follow framework to assess impacts of decisions on children. We have a presentation that explains how the child impact assessment can be used.
We recommend you ask the following questions to assess how your planning, decisions, service design and policy may affect children (their needs and rights).
The four CIA questions
1. How will the decision affect different areas of children's needs?
2. Will the decision have differential impacts?
3. What do children say? and
4. What will you do with this information? Base your decisions on what is in the child's best interests.
These links will be helpful if you want tools or information to undertake child impact assessments:
Check out these links for further reading on child impact assessments including evaluations of international models: