The IMMERSE Team used the Lundy Model of Participation to inform the co-creation activities with children including activities with the Children and Young People’s Research Advisory Group and the Policy Consultation Workshops. 

This model was developed by Professor Laura Lundy (Queen’s University of Belfast and University College Cork).

The model provides a way of conceptualising Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which is intended to focus on four interrelated elements to facilitate children and young people’s participation in decision-making. 

  • Space: Children must be given the opportunity to express a view

  • Voice: Children must be facilitated to express their views

  • Audience: The view must be listened to.

  • Influence: The view must be acted upon, as appropriate.