Participation by Children in
Decisions that affect them
75. We also noted in our report that the
UN Committee was concerned that
... there has been no consistent incorporation
of the obligations of article 12 in legislation for example
education ... school children are not systematically consulted
in matters that affect them.
Since the UN Committee's report, the Government has
made progress in implementing Article 12, particularly in education.
The Department for Education and Skills has recently published
a progress report on its Learning to Listen initiative which involves
consultation with young people about a range of education issues.
However, in our earlier report, we concluded that the best means
of developing these initiatives would be the establishment of
a children's commissioner for England who, together with those
in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, could help children and
young people make an appropriate contribution to consultation
by public authorities, and could provide useful guidance to all
levels of government and public services on the effectiveness
of meaningful consultation with children and young people about
decisions that affect them.