HomepageState Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.

Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

The European research undertaken within the framework of the EU-funded project 'Children’s right for all!' testified that across Europe, the provisions to promote the right to participate for children are rather poor and governments do not provide the necessary support and adaptations to vulnerable groups like children with intellectual disabilities.

There are around one million children with intellectual disabilities throughout the European Union. Too often, they find themselves subject to discrimination and exclusion from society. This 'invisible' rarely provided the opportunity to express their views on matters affecting them. Due to preconceived ideas and prejudices of society, competence of children with intellectual disabilities to contribute to decision-making processes is largely not recognised.

The European project 'Hear our voices' has developed the support mechanisms needed to increase the participation of children with intellectual disabilities in their communities, be it in decision-making, school or leisure activities.


A day for celebration and reflection - UN marks 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
20 November 2014

Inclusion Europe, the leading organisation representing people with intellectual disabilities and their families at the European level, welcomes the focus on child participation apparent in all UN communication related to the 25-year anniversary. Read more

Young people with intellectual disabilities make an impact on leading United Nations figures
1 October 2014

Young people with intellectual disabilities have won backing from key United Nations (UN) figures for their right to have a voice in decisions about their lives. Read more

Voices of disability echo around the world: Young people with intellectual disabilities take their stories to the United Nations
26 September 2014

Four teenage self-advocates  – one girl and three boys from Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Spain – are going to Geneva on 26 September to address members of two vital UN committees, the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Read more

Exchange of good practices on children with intellectual disabilities in Bulgaria
3 March 2014

On Thursday 27 February, Cedar Foundation, Quip and Down Syndrome Madrid met in Kyustendil, Bulgaria in the framework of Inclusion Europe’s project ‘Hear our Voices’ to exchange best practices on children participation. Read more

UN children’s rights Committee will now hear individual complaints

16 january 2014

The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure will enter into force on 14 April 2014, three months after its ratification by 10th country - Costa Rica. Read more

Children’s rights must be mainstreamed, says Eurochild
9 January 2014

Eurochild published its assessment of the third European Commission’s 2012 Report on the application of the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights. Eurochild concluded that the report failed to provide overall comprehensive picture of the situation regarding children’s rights in Europe. Read more

Supporting the participation of children with intellectual disabilities: Looking for outstanding examples

17 July 2013

To find the most effective ways of promoting participation of children with intellectual disabilities, we have launched an online survey about best practice in child participation. The call for contributions is open until 14 August. Read more


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This project is carried out with the support from
the Fundamental Rights & Citizenship Programme of the European Union.