Our Toolbox of Resources on Children’s Participation

Our Toolbox includes publications by our Director, Clare Hanbury, other resources and others’ lists of resources useful to people working on children’s participation. At the bottom of the list there is a link to a list of references that relate to children’s participation. Please let us know what you think of the toolbox and let us know if you know of relevant publications or lists that can be added to this collection.

1. Child Health Education

Save The Children | Children's Participation In Health

  • Click here to view or download this guide. It has been developed for Save the Children’s Health and Nutrition staff and partners so they can better support the meaningful participation of children and young people in health and nutrition programmes. It focuses on opportunities for children’s involvement in maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition, especially at the community and primary healthcare levels. The following questions are addressed:
    •   What is children’s participation?
    •   Why is children’s participation important?
    •   How do you make children’s participation meaningful?

    This guide then looks at how to involve children in health and nutrition programming. In particular it focuses on:

    •  working with children to understand local childhoods
    •  involving children in analysing rights
    •  involving children in the design of health and nutrition programmes
    •  involving children in implementing health and nutrition programmes
    •  involving children in monitoring and evaluation
    •  involving children in external influencing, advocacy and accountability
  • (Clare Hanbury) Children for Health: Children as Partners in Health Promotion. This book advocates, and aims to strengthen, the provision of good quality health education with and for all children, using examples of inspiring children’s participation work being done across the world by dedicated educators and health workers. There are many objectives in this book, including broadening the idea of what health education is, providing basic facts on selective health issues, describing how effective health education programmes help children and their families – and how to implement them – and demonstrating how to achieve the objectives through quality planning, teaching and evaluation. To purchase from TALCUK click here.
  • (Clare Hanbury) Child-to-Child and Children Living in Camps. This is designed for teachers, health workers, group leaders and others. The book illustrates ways in which Child-to-Child activities can be used to improve the health and well being of children living in camps. Water and sanitation, malaria, disability and preventing accidents are some of the topics covered within in the four chapters. For the link click here. For a case study on a project that used this book to develop an award-winning project with traumatised children living in refugee camps in Rwanda, click here.
  • (Clare Hanbury/Rachel Carnegie) Child-to-Child approaches to HIV and AIDS. This is a manual for teachers, young leaders and health workers. There are two sections and the first focuses on sexual health and the prevention of HIV and AIDS. Section two focuses on coping and living with HIV and AIDS. To purchase from TALCUK. For link, click here.
  • Our Future: Sexuality and Lifeskills Education for Young People. (Clare Hanbury member of writing team.) This series of books and training materials contribute to a comprehensive strategy for sexual and reproductive health and HIV education for young people in and out of school. It provides clear and factual information about puberty, friendship, gender, sexuality, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, HIV and AIDS and drug use. The books contains many learning activities and illustrations, which engage young people in understanding themselves and their world.
  • (Clare Hanbury) Mine Risk Education Booklet. This activity booklet provides ideas on helping children be alert to the dangers in mined areas, how to avoid these dangers and how to encourage others to do the same. It is aimed at those planning mine risk education projects for children and for those involved in mine awareness programmes as teachers or trainers. Click the link here.

2. Life Skills Education (including values education)

  • (Clare Hanbury) The Life Skills Handbook. This book is a revised and updated version of a book published by VSO, An Active Learning Handbook for Working with Street Children. Visit the website to purchase and download free sample sessions. Click the link here.
  • (Aids Alliance) A Parrot on Your Shoulder: A guide for people working with orphans and vulnerable children. (Clare Hanbury was part of the advisory and review team).

parrot on shoulderThis fully illustrated activity guide is aimed at those who working with OVC’s. Drawing on the experiences of the Alliance, its partners, and other organisations working in the field, it gives some pointers on working with children, including cultural and gender considerations. It includes 30 activities for engaging children in group work, as well as fun ideas for ice-breakers and energisers, group work and co-operation, observation, active listening and analytical skills, drama, mime and role play, and painting and drawing. To download Parrot On Your Shoulder click here.

3. Child Participation, Child Protection and Children’s Rights

  • Bamboo Shoots. A training manual on child rights, child protection and child-led community actions for facilitators working with children and youth groups. It was originally created by Plan in Cambodia. Bamboo Shoots was developed to: increase children’s understanding of their rights as defined by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC); raise children’s awareness of their rights and build their capacities to claim them; create opportunities for children to recognize, identify and prioritize issues and problems or gaps in relation to child rights violations; and provide opportunities for children to influence agendas and action regarding identified and prioritized child rights violations.To download, click the link here.
  • In 2010, our director, Clare Hanbury, developed training and teaching materials on Children’s Participation and Child Protection for the Keeping Children Safe Coalition (KCS) with Children’s Rights practitioners and children in Africa. As of June 2015 we understand they are reviewing their toolkits and an upgraded version should be available by the end of the year. Anyone interested can get the previous version from us if you contact us. Other resources can be downloaded by clicking here and following the links.

4. Training Adults and Young Leaders as Participation Practitioners

  • (Clare Hanbury) The Tricycle System. This is a framework for promoting children’s participation in health and other child rights-related projects. It builds upon the 6-step Child-to-Child approach that Clare helped to develop as a result of many years of fieldwork with The Child-to-Child Trust. Added to this are ideas and activities developed out of coaching and appreciative enquiry. Contact us for a copy of the 50-page manual. It is of particular relevance to the current focus on non-communicable diseases e.g. tobacco use, unhealthy diets, inactive lifestyles and alcohol or drug abuse.
  • (Clare Hanbury) We are On The Radio. A book and tape about children making radio broadcasts for other children and families about health and development issues important to them. This was developed A LONG TIME AGO and for the Child-to-Child Trust (1997). In 2015, the materials you can access from our friends at the Children’s Radio Foundation are probably more comprehensive but please contact us if you want the Mp3 file or PDF.

5. Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Children’s Participation: A Toolkit
    This M&E toolkit provides a conceptual framework for measuring children’s participation, for analysing its progress in a particular setting and evaluating the scope and quality of participation. It also gives practical tools to gather the information needed to monitor children’s participation.
    It can be used by organisations working directly with children, by child- and youth-led organisations, and by governments that are committed to fulfilling their obligations to respect children’s right to participate. The toolkit consists of 6 booklets:

    • Booklet 1: Introduction
    • Booklet 2: Measuring the creation of a participatory and respectful environment for children
    • Booklet 3: How to measure the scope, quality and outcomes of children’s participation
    • Booklet 4: A 10-step guide to monitoring and evaluating children’s participation
    • Booklet 5: Tools for monitoring and evaluating children’s participation
    • Booklet 6: Children and young people’s experiences, advice and recommendations

    The introduction can be downloaded from the file link below. The complete series of the six booklets is available for download on Save the Children’s website; in English, French and Spanish. To access it, click here.

    The toolkit is written by children’s rights experts Gerison Lansdown and Claire O’Kane.

  • (Clare Hanbury) Monitoring and Evaluating Life Skills Projects for Youth Development for The Jacobs Foundation (April 2011). For link click here.
  • Author of Monitoring and Evaluating Children’s Participation in Health and Education. The Child-to-Child Trust. 2007. To purchase from TALCUK click here.

Others’ list of resources

Here is a full list of publications by Clare Hanbury. Most of these are related to promoting children’s participation and developing the skills of adults and children to strengthen participation.

Books and Manuals addressing theories of change behind Children’s Participation

  • Empowering Children and Young people: Promoting Involvement in Decision Making. Phil Treseder. Purchase link here.
  • Children’s Participation: The Theory and Practice of Involving Young Citizens in Community Development and Environmental Care. Roger Hart. Purchase link here.
  • Stepping Forward: Children and Young People’s Participation in the Development Process
    By Victoria Johnson, Evan Ivan-Smith, Gill Gordon, Pridmore Pat, and Scott Patta.

Stepping Forward presents the key issues and challenges involved in facilitating children and young people’s participation. The contributors to this book come from a range of backgrounds including NGOs in development, children’s agencies, academic institutions and governments, bringing a multi-disciplinary approach to children’s participation. The main issues discussed and analysed include: the ethical dilemmas that face professionals in addressing children’s participation; the process and methods used in participatory research and planning with children; the inter-relationship between culture and children’s participation; considerations for institutions, and the key qualities of a participation programme for children and young people’s participation. Purchase link here.

Practice Guides for Purchase

  • Never Too Young: How young children can take responsibility and make decisions
    This practical resource has tools and techniques to help young children take part, make decisions and take responsibility for their actions. It includes activities to develop confidence, self-esteem and group co-operation to tools for facilitating discussions and expressing feelings and opinions. Purchase link here.

Click here to view our Children’s Participation References.