The Children and Young People’s Strategy Team is part of the Children’s and Young People’s Services Directorate, Department of Education (DE). This Team was previously part of OFMdFM but moved to DE in May 2016 as part of the restructuring arrangements agreed under the Fresh Start Agreement.

Children and Young People’s Strategy - 2019-2029

On behalf of the Northern Ireland Executive, the Department of Education has lead responsibility for developing the new Strategy which aims to build on the achievements of the current ten year strategy - ‘Our Children and Young People – Our Pledge’ that expired in 2016.

The Aim of the new Strategy is “To work together to improve the well-being of all children and young people in Northern Ireland - delivering positive long lasting outcomes”

The draft Strategy has been developed in the context of the Children’s Services Co-operation Act (NI) 2015 which places a duty on the Executive to adopt a strategy to improve the well-being of children and young people.  The Act defines the well-being of children and young people against eight characteristics including: physical and mental health; living in safety and with stability; learning and achievement; economic and environmental well-being; the enjoyment of play and leisure; living in a society in which equality of opportunity and good relations are promoted; the making by children and young people of a positive contribution to society; and living in a society which respects their rights.

The draft Strategy seeks to achieve positive outcomes for children and young people that align with all eight characteristics in the Act.

We would like to thank the young people from the Youth Council who met with us in Banbridge Resource Centre and Brownlow Resource Centre. Also the NICCY Youth Panel, for their constructive criticism about our original designs and their excellent suggestions about how they might be improved. Here is what our new logo looks like.

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