Sharon Cilia presenting her work to HE Marie Louise Coleiro Preca

Child participation is one of the core principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC), which “asserts that children and young people have the right to freely express their views and that there is an obligation to listen to children’s views and to facilitate their participation in all matters affecting them within the family, schools, local communities, public services, institutions, government policy, and judicial procedures”.

Children’s Rights and meaningful child participation constitutes an integral part of the work of the Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society. The Children’s Hub within the Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society is crucial to the implementation of this child participation process. It creates safe spaces encouraging and enabling children to have a voice, and at the same time help adults understand children’s issues through children’s perspectives.

Children from the children's council walking towards a square in Siggiewi togther with Lorella and Angie (MFWS Staff)

Children and Young People have always been at the top of the agenda of the Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society. The Foundation seeks to actively listen to what children have to say. Child participation is also actively included in the planning and execution of many outreach activities done by the Foundation. The aim is to actively implement child participation in the Foundation’s operations across the board.

Throughout the years the Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society has been recognised by international agencies such as the Council of Europe and the European Commission as a national expert on child participation. In fact, the Foundation is regularly invited to participate in their child participation processes and initiatives.

One child speaking with other children about their proposals whilst showing plan on a printed paper.

Progett KomunitArja

Children putting up three flags during the Interfaith Harmony Event 2022. UN Flag, Interfaith Flag made by the children, Maltese Flag

Interfaith Children’s Dialogue

HE Marie Louise Coleiro Preca and children from the children's council on a minivan on the way to visit the sites of Progett KomunitArja

The Children’s and Young Persons’ Council

Two t-shirts hung on a wall, that read: "What stops us from being heard" and "what gives us a voice"

You Matter No Matter What

Children pulling a rope from both ends, playing tug of war, whilst smiling at eachother

The Right to Play

HE Marie Louise Coleiro Preca together with children and young people addressing a press conference in Valletta regarding The Children's Manifesto

The Children’s Manifesto

Collage showing all 68 electoral candidates who become children's rights champions

Children’s Rights Champion

Children from the Children's Council together with MFWS Staff members after the COVID and YOU Conference