Youth Rights and Participation

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It is our mission to ensure that the voice of young people is heard, ensuring they know their rights and the choices available to them.

Involving children and young people in the decision-making process can profoundly affect their lives, their views should influence any decisions that are made about them. Anyone working with children should see and speak to the child; listen to what they say, take their views seriously; and work with them and their families collaboratively when deciding how to support their needs.

Cumbria County Council has developed a Participation Framework to support you to do this. Cumbria Participation Framework (PDF 7.6MB)

For more information about the participation framework or the Rights and Participation Service contact Susan Hodkin at

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