After ten years of existence as a National Committee On Child and Youth Participation (NCCYP) and after eight years since the formulation of the National Framework on CYP, a research was proposed to document the ways by which children exercise their right to participation and the kinds of environment that facilitate meaningful and effective participation.
The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and the NCCYP commissioned a research to review and analyze the promotion of child participation in the Philippines. This was undertaken through four case studies of selected child participation interventions of member agencies of the NCCYP. This study aimed to achieve the following objectives:
- To document and analyze child participation practices demonstrated in programs and projects of the members of the NCCYP with an assessment of connecting and dividing factors in the following areas of concerns:
- Process of participation
- Quality of participation
- Effects of participation to the child’s other rights
- Readiness of the child-focused organizations in providing/facilitating opportunities for child participation (e.g. vision of the agency on child participation, child participation policy, training of staff, opportunities for child participation, etc.)
- To determine the usefulness of the National Framework on Child Participation and to come up with policy recommendations as inputs to its possible revision.
CWC, NCCYP and the researcher selected four member-agencies of the Committee for the case studies based on target children sectors, geographic representation (one agency in Mindanao, one in the Visayas and one in Luzon) and on available resources for research. The agencies selected were ChildFund, ERDA and TATAG Inc. By default, the Children Basic Sector (CBS) of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) was selected because of its unique character. The Council for the Welfare of Children was considered as its agency being the government arm that provides technical assistance to the council representative.
The respondents in each of the case studies were sampled such that a rationally appropriate balance was achieved in terms of the following representation of boys and girls, age bracket, as appropriate, geographic origin, children-adults and urban and rural setting.
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