The Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) has long expressed concern at the continued legacy of the conflict on children in communities in Northern Ireland (NI), who continue to be subject to threats, intimidation, violence and exploitation by powerful actors, groups and gangs and called for government and statutory agencies to work together as a priority to safeguard young people in such situations.
NICCY has previously provided advice to Government on how children and young people
(CYP) should be safeguarded from abuse and exploitation and recommended a unified
strategic response to protect children from harm including abuse, violence, coercion and
exploitation by organised gangs and groups.