Today all 250 election candidates will receive a copy of NICCY’s Manifesto – urging them to act, if elected to a devolved Assembly, on behalf of Northern Ireland’s 500,000 children and young people.
NICCY’s Chief Executive, Barney McNeany, said that candidates had a tremendous opportunity to promote and safeguard children and young people’s rights and best interests.
“Over the past three years NICCY has been working hard to fulfil its promises through its 15 priorities,” he said. “Now we want each candidate to consider what they can do, if elected to improve children and young people’s lives.
“Our Manifesto outlines four promises that will start to make a difference to the 500,000 children and young people in Northern Ireland.”
The NICCY Manifesto asks election candidates to promise children and young people that they will work to eradicate poverty, make sure they have a say in decisions that effect their lives, include the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in law, as well as making sure enough money is spent on children’s services.