Head of Department
The team is lead by Alex Tennant.
Policy and Research
The Commissioner has a duty to keep under review the adequacy and effectiveness of law, practice and services relating to children and young people. She also must provide advice to relevant authorities, and can publish research, information or guidance on any issue relating to children’s rights and best interests. This work can cover a wide range of issues affecting children’s lives such as play and leisure, education, social care, health services and justice.
You can find out more here.
There are three Policy and Research staff:
- Natalie Whelehan - Senior Policy and Research Officer Natalie@niccy.org 028 9031 6385
- Christine Irvine - Policy and Research Officer Christine@niccy.org 028 9031 6384
- Jacqueline Melville - Policy and Research Officer Jacqueline@niccy.org 028 9031 6369
We work to support organisations in achieving best practice in terms of children and young people’s participation in civic life. We are also responsible for the Commissioner’s Youth Panel. There are over 40 members of the Youth Panel who support the work of the Commissioner and advise her on key issues.
You can read more about our Participation work here.
There are three Participation staff: