The Participation staff work to fulfil NICCY’s legislative remit to encourage children and young people to participate - this means having a say in the decisions that affect their lives; having a say in day-to-day activities such as school; and, having a say in society in general.
There is no single definition of participation; it is both a process and also an outcome, which may differ in form and situations. However, taking into account the importance of incorporating active involvement of children and young people and hearing the voice of children and young people, NICCY defines participation of children and young people as:
‘Having a real and meaningful say and involvement in decisions that affect their lives’
The participation staff are also responsible for the Commissioner’s Youth Panel. There are more than 60 members of the Youth Panel, who support the work of the Commissioner and advise her on key issues.