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August 2013 – UNCRC Youth Engagement Event - OFMDFM

In August 2013 a representative from the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) met with youth@clc to hear their views on issues that impact on young people's lives and what they thought government needed to do, to ensure that all children and young people can enjoy their rights to the full.  Youth@clc expressed concerns about issues relating to education, mental health and discrimination against children and young people.  Some of the issues they talked about included:

  • wantingthe media to run stories about the positive contributions that many young people make to society
  • the need for government to improve play facilities for children and young people with disabilities
  • the need for government to address prejudice and discrimination against children and young people from ethnic minority backgrounds (e.g. Irish Travellers and the Roma community)
  • the need to protect children and young people from being treated differently because they are young

Youth@clc's views will be included in the UK State's Report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child which is due for examination by the Committee in 2016.  Youth@clc will also be working on and sending their own separate report to the Committee, along with other groups of young people and voluntary and community groups who work with children and young people, to ensure that that the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child get a full picture of what our government still needs to do to ensure that Children's Rights become a reality for everyone.  


February 2013 - Age Discrimination Survey

Youth@clc are very concerned that children and young people continue to be treated differently from adults on the basis of their age alone and that they often experience unfair treatment by providers of goods and services all over Northern Ireland. We asked youth@clc about their own experiences and they told us: 

"We are often stopped by security guards in shopping centres, local shops, parks, fast food restaurants, cinemas and leisure centres.  Sometimes we feel that we are treated unfairly by the police."If you want to tell us about your experiences of being treated differently because of your age, follow the link below to take part in our online survey.Click here to have your say

December 2012 - Priorities for Youth - Department of Education

Youth@clc told government that youth work was important and could play an important role in improving young people's confidence, mental health and their development in general.  Youth@clc also thought that youth work could help you gain useful skills for life and work. It should be open to all young people, and should always be led by young people as they know best what works and what doesn't work.

Youth@clc's views were included in CLC's full response to the Department of Education's consultation on the Priorities for Youth Strategy. CLC members can access CLC's consultation response through the Members' Area

September 2012 - Reducing Offending - Department of Justice

Youth@clc told us that they could understand some of the pressures and circumstances that might cause some young people to commit a criminal offence. Youth@clc feel strongly that some young people need better support from government and from the communities they live in, to prevent them from getting involved in criminal behaviour.  They also felt that peer support programmes could be an effective way of reducing offending.

CLC members can access CLC's full response to the Department of Justice's consultation on Reducing Offending through the Members' Area.

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