‘Children and Young People’ policy deferred

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BALLYMONEY Borough Council has agreed to defer a decision to endorse the Participation Policy Statement of Intent and embark on a journey to become a model of good practice with regard to the participation of children and young people.

During a recent Corporate Services meeting members heard: ‘A policy statement from the NI Commissioner for Children and Young People is attached for consideration. The Children & Young People’s Commissioner requests Council to embrace and endorse the Participation Policy Statement of Intent and embark on a journey to become a model of good practice with regard to the participation of children and young people.

‘Committee is invited to consider the matter. During consideration members were in favour of supporting this initiative, and noted activity currently undertaken in seeking views of young people.’

It was proposed by Cllr John Finlay, seconded by Cllr Jason Atkinson, that the matter be deferred to September meeting and that the Chief Executive prepare a paper on existing activities and cost and resource input for adopting and implementing policy.