The Participation Network is a group of people who care about children and young people. It is a space for people to collaborate and learn from each other and acts as a community of practice, encouraging positive changes and collaboration. The Participation Network aims to ensure that participation is carried out in ways that are safe, ethical and meaningful.
But participation also needs to be useful, engaging and fun, so we hope that through the Participation Network you will find that, with a mixture of larger events and smaller meetings for sharing good practice, there is something for everyone!
Our events and meetings cover many aspects of participation. We want to hear different voices from our sector so that we can share good practice, learn from different participation approaches and cencourage good practice. We are a friendly and inclusive group, always keen to build supportive networks, so that we can spread the word about good participation work by individuals and organisations. And through our community, we often tackle some of the ‘hot topics’ in our sector, like ACEs and mental health, so that we can help each other to maintain proper values and guidelines for participation.
If you want to join in and help us improve participation for all children and young people in Scotland, get in touch!
Ruth Harvey has been the Rights and Participation officer at the Aberlour Childcare Trust for three years. Here she explains how being a member of the Partycipation network has helped her build up a range of conatcts across the sector and how she has learned from some of the thought leaders in the child care sector.
Peter Tormey works at Napier University and describes here how he engages with the network to learn from others in the sector and also to share some of what he has learned working with students and helping them to thrive.
Cathy Begley is the Participation Officer at the office of the Children and Young Peoples Commissioner Scotland. She works to ensure that her office involves children and young people in everything they do.
In this video, members discuss how being part of the Partycipation Network has helped them during the Covid-19 health crisis and how learning from each other has given them useful tips for their own projects, both large and small.
A humongous THANK YOU to all of you who came along to our last event 'Upholding Children's Rights and Participation during a Pandemic'. We had over 60 attendees, and although it wasn't quite the same as our usual big events in person, I hope you'll agree that we still managed to have some brilliant conversations and keep the energy of the network!
Some resources form the meeting:
We also mentioned at the event that we run smaller steering group meetings in between events, where we both share practice, catch up with each other, and help to plan the themes/agendas for the next event. We would also now like to begin thinking about the future of the network, have a refresh of our membership/purpose/goals and so on. If you would like to come along to these meetings, please just let us know and we will make sure you are included on the emails about them!