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Models for Children's Involvement

Nordic countries mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

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2010 is the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In honour of this, we present in this publication 23 selected articles about children’s involvement in the Nordic countries and in the self-governing territories of Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Åland. The articles illustrate a broad spectrum of models for participation as applied in central arenas in everyday lives of children and young people: pre-schools and schools, culture and local environment, and in political decisions. We have also included articles that concern the involvement of children and young people with experiences as clients in the welfare support system. An important goal is that these examples will serve as inspiration and toolkits for others who work with children and young people. This publication was produced by Norwegian Social Research (NOVA) as commissioned by the Nordic Committee for Children and Young People (NORDBUK) at the Nordic Council of Ministers.

English Finnish, Icelandic

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Preface

Firstly, we would like to thank the Nordic Council of Ministers for the opportunity to prepare this publication. It has been both interesting and inspiring. We would particularly like to thank Cecilia Sjølander of the Children’s Ombudsman in Sweden, Flemming Schultz of the National Council for Children in Denmark, Thomas Wrigglesworth of the Ombudsman for Children in Norway, Elina Nivala of the Ombudsman for Children in Finland, Margrét María Sigurðardóttir, Ombudsman for Children in Iceland, Tórhild Højgaard of the Ministry of Social Affairs in the Faroe Islands, Sabitha Jørgensen of the Ministry of Social Affairs in Greenland, and Janina Björni of Save the Children, Åland. We would like to thank them for their enormous engagement, for extremely valuable comments on the text, and for all their practical help.

English Icelandic, Finnish

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