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Introduction - you can view a summary of the issue below: 

What is Participation and why is it important? 

The UNCRC is clear that children and young people should have a say in decisions that affect them now, not just when they are adults. This is important because they are experts on their own experience and can help make better decisions.  

At the moment because of Coronavirus, lots of the usual places where children and young people can have their voices heard (e.g., school councils and youth groups) are not running as normal so Government needs to make sure that they find other ways to listen to the opinions of children and young people and feed back to them about why decisions are made.  

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