Post-MDG-child-consultations---Russia

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In late 2012 and early 2013, consultations were held in St Petersburg, Leningrad region and Ivanovo with boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 17 years who were living without parental care or in vulnerable families.

Participating children can be split into three categories:

1. those living with unrelated individuals or families (formal foster care);
2. those living in residential care;
3. those with disabilities living in residential care and in vulnerable families.

The purpose of these consultations was to explore with children their priorities for a framework to replace the current Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) when they come to an end in 2015. These discussions are part of a broader consultative process taking place with approximately 700 children in eight countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America.

In Russia, a workshop-based approach was used, in which boys and girls participated in a series of activities designed to enable them to share their experiences and perspectives in a fun and engaging manner. These groups varied in size, depending on the needs and abilities of the participants. Each workshop was approximately 1-2 hours in duration.

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