Mairead McCafferty - NICCY Chief Exec - portrait.JPGChief Executive - Mairéad McCafferty

Mairéad has worked on behalf of vulnerable children and young people for many years. Since 1998 she worked in the Education Sector as Head/Director of Newstart (Alternative) Education Centre working from a ‘Child’s Rights’ perspective, with young people outside the mainstream school system in the areas of education, training, health and youth justice.  

She moved on to run Integrated Services for Children & Young People’s (ISCYP) in 2009 and rolled this model out across four neighbourhood partnership areas, developing integrated working with statutory, community and voluntary sector agencies whose work impacted on the lives of marginalised children, young people and families. 

A Graduate of both Queen’s University and Ulster University, she has also been involved in a number of advisory working groups e.g. DE’s PEHAW strategy, Review of Community Relations, Equality and Diversity (CRED) in Schools and sat on the Bill of Rights NI Forum as well as its Economic & Social Rights Working Group.  Mairéad has also been proactively involved in influencing policy and legislative developments e.g. in the areas of equality, inclusion and human rights.  She has served as a member of Belfast Education & Library Board (BELB), Association of NI Education & Library Boards (ANIELB), Children’s & Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP), as a School Governor in a large post primary school as well as Director on a number of Boards in the Community and Voluntary Sector.   She is currently a member of the Chief Executive’s Forum.

Mairéad took up post on 1st February 2012 as Chief Executive at the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People established in 2003 to ‘Safeguard and Promote the Rights and Best Interests of Children and Young People.

You can contact Mairéad by emailing or calling 028 9031 1616.