“Of, Not For...”: The Evolving Recognition of Children’s Rights in a Community
This article describes the development of a charter
of rights of children and youth in Hamilton,
Ontario. The process involved gathering input
from over 1,500 children and youth in the
form of spoken and written words, drawings,
and other visual representations. A validation
process resulted in over 900 more children being
directly engaged. The inclusion of participatory
responsibilities for both children and adults
appears to have increased the level of acceptance
of the charter among adults. Awareness of the
document was aided by its multiple formats of
publication and by an exhibit that toured key
locations throughout the city, beginning at City
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