Children's Participation
in Business

A child’s right to be heard is one of Global Child Forum’s priority areas and “Listening to Children” is one of the commitments that business can take in our Pledge to Advance Children’s Rights in Business, launched in 2018.

We are now increasing our focus on children’s participation through a research project designed to develop a better understanding of current business practices, which will lead to the development of a practical resource for companies to support them in their efforts.

The project is led by Tara Collins, Associate Professor in the School of Child & Youth Care at Ryerson University in Canada, and Kay Tisdall, Professor of Childhood Policy, University of Edinburgh in collaboration with Global Child Forum.

We want to learn more about how businesses understand and practice children’s participation, what we can learn from different examples and what support businesses need to ensure that an ethical and rights-based approach is adopted.

If you agree to volunteer, you will be asked to complete an anonymous online survey. Your participation will involve answering the survey questions, which should take you approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey will be open to a maximum of 100 participants.

Your participation is completely voluntary and if you choose not to participate, it will not impact your relationship to any of the researchers, or your relationship with Global Child Forum, Ryerson University or The University of Edinburgh.

The research is funded by Global Child Forum and has been reviewed and approved by the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board REB (reference ID REB 2019-396).

If you are interested in more information about the study or would like to volunteer, please continue to the consent form below, email tara.collins@ryerson.ca or call 1-416-979-5000 x 4563. Please note, that if you contact the researchers, your identity will no longer be anonymous, but it will be held in confidentiality by the researchers.

Please click on the link to launch the survey; it will be open until April 17th.

SURVEY – Children’s participation in Business

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