NETWORK OF YOUNG ADVISORS (NYA) – PARTICIPATION OF CHILDREN AND THE IMPACT ON THE WORK OF THE OMBUDSMAN FOR CHILDREN
What did we do
We organize consultation meetings with children and young people and focus group discussions aimed at enhancing children’s involvement in decision-making, are considered as being particularly beneficial.
In 2010, the Ombudsman for Children founded the Network of Young Advisors (NYA) as its standing advisory body and a form of child participation. The NYA members act as advisors to and associates of the Ombudsman for Children, but also as ambassadors, communicating information about the work of the NYA and the Ombudsman for Children to their peers and taking steps to ensure that they know their rights and the ways to protect them. Acting within the scope of their role as advisors, they inform the Ombudsman about their views of the place of children in society and problems faced by children in their communities, suggesting ways to solve these problems. In carrying out their advisory role, they work closely with the Ombudsman for Children and the adult staff members of the Office of the Ombudsman for Children, and exchange views and opinions via a closed online forum. Each member of the NYA promotes and argues for his/her own point of view, acts on his/her own behalf, and does not represent any group, school or town. The NYA members are constantly active in the online forum, which enables a constant exchange of opinions between meetings.
The place is called:
Croatia and International