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NI Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY): Recruitment for new Youth Panel members

19 January 2018

The NI Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) is seeking new members for her NICCY Youth Panel.  This is a group of young people who advise the Commissioner on key issues and assist her in her work of safeguarding and promoting the rights and best interests of children and young people.

The panel are involved in a range of key functions within the organisation including involvement in projects; recruiting staff; media engagement; designing the website and publications and hosting conferences and presentations.  Additionally, the youth panel members also have the opportunity to meet directly with government Ministers and officials, enabling them to challenge key decision makers and ensure their voice is heard.  The Youth Panel receive training and support to enable this to happen.

We are in the process of recruiting new members from Derry City and Strabane District Council area and neighbouring areas of Causeway and the Glens onto the panel. Young people need to live in Northern Ireland and be aged between 12- 16 years (up to 18 if they have a disability or have experienced living in care).  Other regional recruitment will days will be held during the year.

I would appreciate it if you could circulate this information to your members.

What is the NICCY Youth Panel?

The Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) will be recruiting young people to join the NICCY Youth Panel (NYP) during 2018 and 2019. The purpose of the NYP is to advise the Commissioner in her day-to-day work of promoting and safeguarding children’s rights in Northern Ireland. It is made up of young people from across Northern Ireland, who share their experiences and thoughts with the Commissioner and her staff to help NICCY make decisions about issues that affect children and young people.

Why should you join?

•           Help us change things for the better for children and young people in Northern Ireland

•           Have the opportunity to travel across Northern Ireland and depending on different projects, outside of NI for free

•           Have your say, and help to raise awareness of issues affecting young people

•           Meet young people from all walks of life

•           Help build up your experience and expand your CV for future education, training and job opportunities, with training and development in a wide range of skills, from public speaking and working with the media, to events, projects and staff recruitment


Check out our video to see a snapshot of the panel’s work in 2017:


How to join?

We are recruiting in different locations throughout NI over the two years, starting with a recruitment day on Saturday 10th February 2018 (further details to follow on the exact location and times) for young people in the Derry/ Strabane Council area and neighbouring areas of Causeway and the Glens.

Recruitment is open to young people aged between 12-16 years, or up to 18 if you have a disability or have experienced living in care.


Apply Online

Click here to fill out our online application form: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8YD7699

The closing date for applications is Friday 2th February 2018. 

If you have any questions, contact a member of the Participation Team on 028 90311616 or [email protected]. You can also register to be informed when we are recruiting in your area.