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?

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.

We are recruiting in different locations throughout NI.  Recruitment in the Mid and east Antrim, Antrim and Newtownabbey, Causeway Coast and Glens is now open and the closing date 28st September 2018.  The recruitment day will be held on 6th October in Ballymena.

Other Areas

We will recruiting in other areas in the future.  You can express an interest on the online application form and leave an email address where we can send you information.

  • Mid and east Antrim, Antrim and Newtownabbey, Causeway Coast and Glens (Open)

Autumn 2019

  • Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Newry, Mourne and Down

Winter 2019

  • Lisburn and Castlereagh, North Down and Ards and Belfast

Spring 2019

More Information

If you have any questions, contact a member of the Participation Team on 028 9031 1616 or participation@niccy.org. You can also register to be informed when we are recruiting in your area by emailing us.