Standard 3 - participation

The recognition and the enhancement of self-determination and the empowerment of the child's self-protection  capacities are prerequisites for any prevention and protection strategy and/or measure.

Indicators:


•    Existence and availability of health and risk education modules  


➢    See also Closing a Protection Gap Core Standards 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9

Justifications of preventive and protective actions against trafficking and exploitation
Children's right to participation is closely related to satisfying the right to information, a key prerequisite for children's participation to be relevant and meaningful. Children must be provided with the necessary information about existing options (laws, procedures, reception facilities, nature of the services available and means of access to them, asylum application procedures, etc.) and the consequences of such options so that they can make informed and free decisions. Providing information enables children to gain skills, confidence and maturity in expressing views and influencing decisions . Children’s self protection could be achieved by providing the most complete and comprehensive education in order to ensure that they are aware of the risks they could encounter.

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