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 over the next two years.

Other Areas

Our spring recruitment is now closed but we will recruiting in other areas in coming months.  You can express an interest by sending us an email address where we can send you information - you can send this to participation@niccy.org

You can see  the proposed schedule below and please check back in the future for the latest information, including details for the next area we will be opening up for applications:

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

Autumn 2018

  • 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.