Developing Children and Young People's Participation in Strategic Processes: The Experience of the Children's Fund Initiative
Neil Spicer a1andRuth Evans a2 a1 Institute of Applied Social Studies (NECF), University of Birmingham E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org a2 Institute of Applied Social Studies (NECF), University of Birmingham E-mail: email@example.com
The extent of children's and young people's participation activities has increased considerably among statutory, voluntary and community sector organisations across the UK in recent years. The Children's Fund, a major government initiative launched in 2000, represents a systematic drive towards promoting children and young people's participation in planning, implementing and evaluating preventative services within all 149 local authority areas in England. Based on research carried out by the National Evaluation of the Children's Fund, this paper explores the experience of Children's Fund partnerships of engaging children and young people in strategic processes.