CRC/C/GC/12 page 28
Investment in the realization of the child’s right to be heard in all matters of
concern to her or him and for her or his views to be given due consideration, is a clear and immediate legal obligation of States parties under the Convention. It is the right of every child without any discrimination. Achieving meaningful opportunities for the implementation of article 12 will necessitate dismantling the legal, political, economic, social and cultural barriers that currently impede children’s opportunity to be heard and their access to participation in all matters affecting them. It requires a preparedness to challenge assumptions about children’s capacities, and to encourage the development of environments in which children can build and demonstrate capacities. It also requires a commitment to resources and training.
Fulfilling these obligations will present a challenge for States parties. But it is
an attainable goal if the strategies outlined in this general comment are systematically
implemented and a culture of respect for children and their views is built.