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Investing in Children is an organisation that promotes the human rights of children and young people.  One of the things that gets in the way of this is that, in general children aren’t taken as seriously as adults - many people still believe that ‘children should be seen and not heard’. 
 
Investing in Children tries to change this, by creating spaces for children and young people to come together and come up with good ideas, and by working with adults who want to listen and do something about it.  This is one of the ways to make the point that children, young people and adults all have the right to have their voices heard – this is a human right.
 
We were created in 1995 by a partnership between Durham County
Council and the NHS.  We are still based In Durham, but since 2004, we have worked with partners across the country and in May 2013, we became a Community Interest Company.   For almost 20 years, we have been working alongside children and young people, and adults who provide services to them, to create a range of effective ways in which they can exercise their right to have a say, often resulting in improvements in the services themselves.
 



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