Statement on Children’s Rights in Northern Ireland (SOCRNI 1) – 2018

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This ‘Statement on Children’s Rights in Northern Ireland’ (SOCRNI) is NICCY’s first such publication and is informed by current contexts, the UN Committee’s Concluding Observations following their 5th periodic examination of the UK State Party, and NICCY’s work with stakeholders on key priorities.

Each rights themed area of this Statement is prefaced with the relevant UNCRC Articles, the UN Committee’s Concluding Observations, followed by the current context in respect of children’s rights followed by NICCY’s Calls to Government.

The Report shows systemic failures in areas including education, poverty and mental health.

Koulla Yiasouma, Commissioner for Children and Young People said:

“While it is clear the lack of a Government is preventing improvements being made to the lives of our children and young people, there is also a history of slow progress on children’s issues which pre-date the collapse and add to systemic failures in their lives.”

NICCY Monitoring Table 

To accompany this report, in line with NICCY’s duty to ‘ground’ our work within the UNCRC, monitor rights compliance and delivery of services for children and young people, all Northern Ireland Government Departments have provided an input to our ‘Monitoring Table’. This outlines progress made in relation to the UN Committee’s Concluding Observations published in June 2016, following the last (5th) periodic examination. This table includes associated commentary from NICCY:

Young Person’s Video Summary

The NICCY Youth Panel have produced a video summary of the report which you can view below:


NICCY has produced three reports – a main report, a summary of calls report and a report for children and young people. You can view these below:

Main Report

Summary of Calls Report

Young Person’s Report