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EACEA National Policies Platform


1. Youth Policy Governance

1.5 Cross-sectoral approach with other ministries

Last update: 22 January 2021
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  1. Mechanisms and actors

Mechanisms and actors

Delivering Social Change framework

The Delivering Social Change framework was set up by the Northern Ireland Executive to tackle poverty and social exclusion. It involves collaboration by Ministers and senior officials across different departments, with a focus on achieving measurable social benefits.

There are two Ministerial Sub-Committees, one on Poverty and Social Inclusion and the other on Children and Young People. The Ministerial Sub-Committees are supported by the Delivering Social Change Programme Board. This is co-chaired by Junior Ministers and includes senior officials from all government departments.

NEET Advisory Group/NEET Strategy Forum

The NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) Advisory Group (NAG) was set up to help in implementing the Executive’s Pathways to Success strategy (2012) (see sub-heading ‘Main Themes’ in the article ‘Youth Policy Decision-making’). NAG is chaired by the Department for the Economy and brings together key decision makers from government departments, voluntary and community, education, health, social care and business sectors and local government. The group meets every six months.

The NEET Strategy Forum (NSF) exists to provide better cooperation and integration of voluntary and community sector activity to address those not in education, employment or training (NEET) and to act as a source of best practice advice on initiatives. Five members of the NSF represent the group on the NEET Advisory Group (NAG).

Regional Advisory Groups

Implementation of Priorities for Youth is being taken forward through the development of three-year regional plans for youth services. The 2017-2020 Regional Youth Development Plan is being informed through stakeholder engagement in the form of the Regional Advisory Group including government department representatives, youth organisation representatives, children and young  people, and other stakeholders.

Together: Building a United Community

In 2013, the Northern Ireland Executive published its strategy for improving community relations and developing a more united and shared society. Together: Building a United Community is a ten-year strategy, which places responsibilities on all government departments and has four priorities:-

  • our children and young people
  • our shared community
  • our safe community
  • our cultural expression

For further information see sub-heading ‘Main Themes’ in the article ‘Youth Policy Decision-Making’.

The Children's Services Co-operation Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 placed a duty on public authorities to discharge their functions and cooperate to further the achievement of well-being outcomes for children and young people, as set out in a strategy which the Executive has been placed under a duty to develop. The Act contains an enabling power which permits departments to pool their budgets and share resources for the purposes of fulfilling their duties to achieve the well-being outcomes.