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Children and young people

We want all Belfast’s children and young people (CYP) to reach their potential and to know Belfast is the place to be to do just that.

In December 2014, we agreed a strategic outcomes approach to delivering children and young people's services.

We’ve made a commitment to support children and young people to be:

  • empowered
  • safe
  • happy
  • achieving at each stage of life
  • playing their part in their city and communities.

We’ve made this commitment as a partner in the CYPSP’s Belfast Outcomes Group and to fulfil our duty under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

We encourage this by:

Members of the council have endorsed the current approach and each political party can choose to nominate a CYP political champion to support the development of this work. They also support the events and activities we provide throughout the year.

For more information contact our Play Development Officer by phone 028 9027 0470 or email play@belfastcity.gov.uk.

Safeguarding children

The council is represented on the Safeguarding Board NI’s Belfast Safeguarding panel and the local government safeguarding network. We are an active supporter of ‘Keeping Children Safe’ training with officers trained to deliver the safeguarding training internally and in communities.

Safeguarding policy (all ages) (2019)

A new safeguarding policy is under development which will include provision for child safeguarding and for adults at risk of harm in line with current legislation and best practice.

In the meantime, the Child Protection Policy (2009) is in place. It gives information about procedures for reporting concerns and how to contact the designated safeguarding officers.

If you need more information or have a concern please contact our Safeguarding Compliance Manager by phone 028 9032 0202 ext. 6452 or email safeguarding@belfastcity.gov.uk.