The article 12 in the Convention on the rights of the child clearly and unambiguously states the fact that children should be made partners in all aspects of decision making that affects them. The assistance measures are based on decisions that the child should be made a party to. This however, requires innovative thinking in order for the professional to be able to convey to the child his/her assessments and recommendations. The inclusion of the young person in this also means that professionals may need to rethink their treatment strategies.
The training will among other issues then consist of training in
· Peer group support
· Encouraging the agency of the young person
· Outlining possibilities in cooperation with the young person
· Defining the space for assistance
· Developing techniques to involve young persons instead of advising them what to do