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EACEA National Policies Platform


1. Youth Policy Governance

1.9 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 22 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 13/08/2020 - 12:00

Political situation

Following a 3 year deadlock, the Northern Ireland Assembly was restored in January 2020. 

Closure of the Youth Council for Northern Ireland

On 10 December 2015, the Education Minister informed the Assembly of the outcome of the consultation on Proposals for the Future of the Youth Council. As part of these proposals, responsibility for regional youth services funding and support transferred from the Youth Council for Northern Ireland to the Education Authority on 1 April 2016.

The Youth Council remains a legal entity and body of the Department for Education. However, in March 2019 the Board members concluded their service. As of August 2020, the Youth Council remains a statutory body but cannot operate until a new Council can be appointed. 

Youth Assembly for Northern Ireland

In July 2020, the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission launched its plan to introduce a Youth Assembly for Northern Ireland to give people a voice in issues that directly affect them. The functions of the Youth Assembly are at an early stage and will be determined in the coming months.