Methods of participation
The following activities have been used to work with children and young people of various ages and can be adapted to suit the needs of particular groups, for example those with complex communication needs.
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Children and young people explore a topic and record their views and experiences visually. Ideas and thoughts can be represented in various ways, e.g. pictures, text, symbols and photos. This can be done individually or as a group and is a useful way to prompt thoughts and discussion.
A number of statements are written on cards. Children and young people then vote on whether they agree or disagree with each statement. This exercise can also be used for ranking different issues in order of importance.
A quiz in the style of those used in magazines is devised relating to the consultation topic, i.e. for each question the child or young person is given a scenario and three options A, B or C.
A board game is designed to match the chosen topic. Players roll a dice to move along squares and when they land on a particular square a card is taken. Cards contain questions relating to the consultation topic (open-ended, unfinished sentences and agree/disagree statements). Prize for the first past the finish line!
Making a rap
Children and young people produce a simple rap talking about their views, experiences and suggestions. This can be done using prepared sentences to which people add their own word, for example;
My name is…
The best thing about school is…
If I was in charge I would…