Promoting voice and inclusion resources

The UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals – these cite the importance of children’s voices: “…we need to inspire hope across all sections of society, especially among young people, letting them know that their voices will be heard, their experiences will be acknowledged and their ideas will be anchored in the policymaking process.” (p. xvii)

What children’s perspectives tell us about inclusion – a free OpenLearn course from the Open University

Cole-Albäck, A. (2021) A brief history of children’s rights Birth to 5 Matters document

Summary – United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Index for Inclusion: developing learning and participation in schools, Tony Booth and Mel Ainscow, Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education (CSIE), 2002.


Palikara, O., Castro, S., Gaona, C., & Eirinaki, V. (2018, April). Capturing the voices of children in the Education Health and Care plans: are we there yet? In Frontiers in Education (Vol. 3, p. 24). Frontiers.

Parsons, S., Ivil, K., Kovshoff, H. & Karakosta, E. (2020) ‘Seeing is believing’: exploring the perspectives of young autistic children through Digital Stories. Journal of Early Childhood Research.

Save the Children – children’s voices (blogs from children)

Unicef – Every Child’s Right to be Heard: a resource guide on the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child General Comment no.12, Gerison Lansdown

National Voices – My life, my support, my choice: a narrative for person-centred co-ordinated care and support for children and young people with complex lives. National Voices and Think Local Act Personal

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