We work to improve the lives of children, young people and families by promoting positive change in policy and practice.

We use the information and experience from our services, and from the children and young people we work with, to develop our policy positions and influence change on the basis of what works and what matters to the people who use our services.

We work collaboratively across all sectors and political parties to achieve the best outcomes for all children and young people. We do this by:

  • working with politicians and civil servants
  • providing policy briefings and consultation responses
  • producing research and evidence
  • campaigning with other organisations on children and young people's issues in Northern Ireland
  • contributing to policy work across the four nations to share learnings and best practice

Our current policy priority issues include:

Contact the Northern Ireland Policy team

Julia Buchanan – Assistant Director, Policy 
Donna Kernaghan – Research and Policy Officer 
Trása Canavan – Policy and Research Officer
Nicki Darnbrook – Information and Admin Officer 

  • Briefings and consultation responses

    See our latest briefings and consultation responses

  • Policy and research reports

    See our latest policy and research reports

  • News in Northern Ireland

    Read our latest news and press releases