A Bushmills youth group has picked up an award at a glittering ceremony in Belfast to recognnise government and public bodies.
Bushmills Children and Young People Locality Planning Group and Children and Young People Strategic Partnership picked up a Silver Award in participation at a ceremony in Belfast on 18th February.
Young people from the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s (NICCY) Youth Panel developed the Participation Awards to recognise government and public bodies when they successfully involve children and young people in their work.
The young people developed three categories for the awards; ‘Preparing Your Organisation for Participation’, ‘Engaging with Children and Young People’ and ‘Follow up and Demonstrating Impact’.
Bushmills Children and Young People Locality Planning Group and Children and Young People Strategic Partnership picked up a Silver Award for ‘Engaging with Children and Young People’
Sorcha Hughes, from Ballycastle, and a member of the Commissioner’s Youth Panel said: “Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account when adults are making decisions that affect them.
“Children and young people’s services play an important part in the responsibilities of many public bodies and we expect that each would incorporate young people in their projects.
“While this is not always the case, Bushmills Children and Young People Locality Planning Group and Children and Young People Strategic Partnership is one of many which are doing things right.”
Chief Executive NICCY, Mairéad McCafferty, said, “They demonstrated an outstanding commitment to involving children and young people, listening to them, and more importantly acting on what they said in the development of its ‘Education Charter’ which focuses on the importance of improving educational outcomes for children and young people.