This is a manual designed to encourage more effective and empowering child participation. It is argued herein that only by engaging and utilizing our active listening skills can we really hope to access the perspective of children on issues which matter to and concern them. Only in this way can we truly understand their needs and work to ensure they are met. Particular emphasis is placed on the need to develop a listening culture and to consult with young people and children. By respecting the right for children to exercise their voices we also promote diversity in perspective and enable the empowerment of otherwise potentially vulnerable groups.