The following legal framework was set up for and partly with children and young people and is an important working basis for ‘beteiligung.st’.
The White Paper entitled "A new impetus for European youth" was drawn up by young people from all over Europe and represents a starting point for youth policy in the individual EU Member States.
In 2004 the Austrian Federal Government passed a National Action Plan for the Rights of Children and Young People.
The Styrian Law for the Protection of Youth not only lists the rights and duties of young people, it also determines the responsibility of parents and legal guardians, employers and event organizers.
The participation of children and young people is defined in the Styrian People’s Rights Law.
In the Styrian Law for the Promotion of Youth,the Province of Styria has defined the goals and foundations of youth promotion in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the EU White Paper
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international agreement. In 54 articles the fundamental human rights are defined which should apply to every child under 18 years of age in the whole world.