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EACEA National Policies Platform


5. Participation

Last update: 22 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 11/11/2020 - 00:40

In July 2020, a Northern Ireland Youth Assembly was announced by the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission. It will have 90 members, 54 of whom will be drawn from the NI Assembly constituencies and 36 from specific sections of the community. The core age range of the members will be 13 to 17, but there will be an upper age limit of 21.  

Other opportunities for the participation of young people have been created recently, such as their inclusion in local advisory groups, which are responsible for Area Youth Development Plans. 

There has been a strong drive to support the fostering of democratic values and attitudes through school education, given the historical background of sectarian divisions. This drive is supported by both the Department of Education and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People. More information on the Commissioner can be found in 'Administration and governance' in the Social Inclusion chapter.

A cross-department project, led by the Department of Education, is reviewing youth participation structures in Northern Ireland with a view to establishing standards and recommending improvements.  A youth panel is working with government officials on this project.