In practice much of NICCY’s work will be monitoring the work of the Northern Ireland Executive and its Departments. While some of NICCY’s work remains proactive, investigating issues as they arise, I will also be tracking political developments and scrutinising how government is delivering for children and young people.
With the resources available to me, over the next three years, I will focus my powers and duties on improving the life outcomes of children and young people.
I will continue working towards ensuring the Rights of Children and Young People, contained within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), are realised and respected.
It is clear that the next three years will be challenging, not least due to the economic recession. There will be many threats to services, and too often children’s services can be the easiest to cut.
Now more than ever it is important that there is a strong voice for children and young people who will hold government to account on how it delivers for children. I am committed to being that strong voice and to using my resources effectively to champion their rights and best interests with government.