NICCY was set up by The Commissioner for Children and Young People (Northern Ireland) Order 2003.

The legislations sets out our statutory remit and details our principal aim as:

to safeguard and promote the rights and best interests of children and young persons”.

The legislation further sets out the functions of the Commissioner which are divided into both rights and duties.

A full copy of the legislation is available to download here in pdf format here. You can also view it at the following link:


Reviewing NICCY's legislation

NICCY has a duty to review its legislation on a periodic basis, and building on previous work two reports were completed in 2013, these were: