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Children are commonly recognized as separate human beings with individual views and wishes worthy of consideration. Their ability to freely express these views and wishes constitutes the concept of child participation, defined by Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as the right of children capable of forming their own views to be able to express themselves freely in all matters affecting their lives. Children should particularly be provided with the opportunity to be heard in any judicial and administrative proceedings pertaining to them, either directly or through appropriate representatives, and with necessary precautions and support.


Published in the Oxford University Press blog on July 16, 2015, at:

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