Collaboration with Children and Adolescents in the Implementation of “CHURCHES’ COMMITMENTS TO CHILDREN”: Suggestions, Background materials, and Templates for consultations

The views and ideas of children and adolescents are of utmost importance for the success of the “Churches’ Commitments to Children” currently being implemented. The World Council of Churches (WCC), UNICEF, and World Vision have therefore jointly worked on this guide to support church members and partners interested in conducting consultations with children and adolescents on “Churches’ Commitments to Children.”

Your consultations with children and adolescents may take very different shapes depending on the opportunities you have for such exchanges in your church community. You may choose to focus on just one Commitment for your exchanges with children and adolescents or ask for their views and ideas on the entire initiative.

Within this guide you will find:

  • Information about how to prepare for the consultation;
  • Important details/suggestions for ensuring we accurately document the young people’s recommendations;
  • Various group activities to support discussion, learning, and team building;
  • Ideas relating to next steps and follow-up;
  • A template to share the results from the consultation with children with the WCC and UNICEF.