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Existence of a national strategy to increase young people's political and civil society participation
There is no national strategy to increase young people’s political and civil society participation. However, the topic on involving and increasing children and young people in the policy making cycle, is outlined in The Ten Year Strategy for Children and Young People in Northern Ireland 2006-2016 (Department of Education, 2016).
The 2019-2029 Children and Young People’s Strategy
The 2019-2029 Children and Young People’s Strategy has a strong focus on participation. The strategy says:
“In implementing the Strategy for Children and Young People and considering what actions are required to deliver on it, children and young people’s views must be taken into account. This will involve ongoing engagement with a diverse range of children and young people, including those whom we find difficult to reach or whose voice is seldom heard. Engagement must include informing them about how their views have been taken into account.
To make sure this happens:
- We will establish a framework of participation structures, utilising existing fora, to ensure the voices of children and young people will be considered as this Strategy is implemented. Focused on early and sustained help, support and Intervention Responsive And age- appropriate Transparent Scrutiny open to And Child-centred And family focused Evidence and Research Informed Rights Based Participation Partnership Values and principles.
- Through the framework we will provide opportunities for all Children’s Authorities to engage meaningfully with children and young people prior to the introduction of relevant policies, programmes or strategies, at the co-design and consultation stages.
- We will reinforce the principle that effective participation is an ongoing process which includes providing feedback to children and young people about how their views have been used and what the next steps are. The Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People has issued advice on how public sector bodies can best engage with children and young people.”
The publication ‘Participation with Children and Young People: Advice to Public Bodies’ can be found here.
The responsible authority for implementation is described where the programme / strategy is mentioned above, if applicable.
See 2019-2029 Children and Young People’s Strategy above.