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In collaboration with Destination Unknown, IICRD’s Laura Wright, Laura Lee, and Vanessa Currie developed a guide for adults working with children and young people on the move titled “Working in Partnership with Children and Young People on the Move: Strategies & Tools for Meaningful Participation”. Destination Unknown is a global network of civil society organizations and individuals, including youth ambassadors, united to champion the rights of children and youth on the move. Led by Terre des Hommes, it is an alliance of diverse organizations and people interested in joining forces to share expertise and experience to campaign for better policies and realities – with and for children and young people on the move. This guide builds on the Terre des Hommes Germany Manual and Practical Toolkit on Children’s Participation.

This guide incorporates key learnings from the Destination Unknown community and shares good practices and opportunities for growth around meaningfully engaging children and young people on the move. It includes a focus on children aged 8-18, with some adaptation for younger and older children, children with different abilities and for COVID-19.

This resource for the network was informed by several consultation processes with Destination Unknown staff and youth ambassadors through the use of art and play participatory tools to support meaningful engagement and participation. The IICRD team also developed survey opportunities to engage the member organizations of Destination Unknown with the purpose to explore the views, perceptions and experiences of the DU members engagement with participatory work and their ideas for strengthening the initiative.

As part of this collaboration, the IICRD team facilitated a virtual capacity building workshop to support rollout of the guide, consisting of synchronous and asynchronous work, for 25-30 staff members and youth advisory members from Destination Unknown partner organizations from around the world.

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