How we did the CPAT in Finland


Children’s participation rights in Finland  as summary of the Current State  and Key Development Needs 

List people or organisations involved in producing the resource


Building Participatory Environments
Age range of target people
9-12 years
13-15 years
16-18 years
Characteristics of children and groups
All children

The aim of the CPAT was to measure Finland's progress in ensuring the participation of children and young people under the age of 18 in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the child. 


The Ministry of Justice set up a steering group to support and monitor the implementation of the CPAT process and to ensure the flow of information between the actors participating in the project. Children and young people were involved in the assessment with the help of NGOs.



The project steering group met regularly during its term of office (11.2.2019–31.1.2020). The steering group identified the issues and prioritisations for the assessment. 


The recommendations of the CPAT Report were taken into account in the preparation of the National Democracy Programme and National Child Strategy.

Next Steps

 The main findings included 

  • The national legislation on children’s right to participate is perceived as comprehensive but fragmented.
  • Children do not get enough information on their right to participate.
  • Authorities do not know enough about their duty to consult with children. 
  • There are shortcomings in the implementation of legislation on consultation/participation of especially children in vulnerable situations. 
Modes of participation
Phases in cycle of participation
Connecting with Children
Identifying Issues and Priorities
Investigating Children's Views
Taking Action
Following-up on Actions
Evaluating and Sharing
Skills trained
Countries this was based/targetted
Profile of target group
Healthcare Professionals (Doctors, Nurses, Community Health)
Educators (e.g. teachers)
Social Workers
Youth Workers
Municipality Staff
Local Authorities (Policy-makers; Decision-makers)
National Authorities
Target group's degree of knowledge