27 Sep 2006

YEAR 8 pupils from throughout Northern started their second level education careers with a way to keep precious locker, bike and house keys safe, thanks to a key-ring from the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY)

The key-rings, together with a poster and leaflet, are a unique way for NICCY to let children and young people know about the services available from the Children’s Commissioner’s office.

It is part of a wide-ranging awareness campaign being undertaken by the Commissioner to make sure pupils know what NICCY can do for them.

“They’re a way for pupils to have the contact details of our office quite literally to hand,” said Commissioner, Barney McNeany. “And already we have had contact from schools throughout Northern Ireland to arrange visits from our participation team, as well as individual pupils raising issues.

“Part of our mission is to make sure children and young people, and their parents and carers, know about NICCY and what we can do to promote and safeguard their rights and best interests.

“Fun and interesting ways of raising awareness like key-rings, posters and our website are encouraging children and young people to find out more about our work and the rights they have under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.”

More information on the work of the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People can be found here on this site, or by calling 028 9031 1616.