Statement on Children’s Rights in Northern Ireland 3 – young person’s information

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NICCY Youth Panel Statement on Children's Rights in Northern Ireland 3


Every 2 years NICCY reports on how well Government is doing at making the UNCRC a reality in their Statement on Children’s Rights in Northern Ireland (SOCRNI). In this third statement we explore the impact of not having a stable, fully functioning on children’s rights.

Koulla Yiasouma, the Commissioner for children and Young People says:

“It is clear our children need a functioning, stable and robust government, with a clear and shared vision – delivering on the rights of all children and young people so they can have the very best start in life. This report shows that we still have a long way to go.

I make no comment on the reasons for not going into government nor do I question the mandate given by the electorate.  But I must ask – when will the price paid by our children and families be too high?

It is time for us to have children’s rights in law in Northern Ireland so that there will be no more reasons that any child or young person cannot fully enjoy their rights.”

Getting help 

If you are affected, or are worried about someone you know, please ask for help from a trusted adult to help you get the help you need. If you feel you can’t speak to an adult you trust like a parent, youth worker or teacher, then please contact ChildLine or Lifeline; they both offer free, confidential advice and support to young people, are open 24 hours a day.

Finding out more

You can find out more ­­about how rights of children and young people have been affected in Northern Ireland by clicking the links below: