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Minister praises children and young people awards

19 February, 2013 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Féin MLA and Junior Minister Jennifer McCann has congratulated all the young people from the NICCY (Commissioner for Children & Young People) awards panel and those who won awards at last nights ceremony at the Stormont Hotel.

The West Belfast MLA said:

“Very often we see young people unfairly portrayed in a negative way in society and we don't put the proper focus on the positive and unique contribution that young people make.

“Last night showed how young people can make a real difference when their participation in public decision making is meaningful.

“As decision makers we need to listen to the voices of our young people and ensure they have a meaningful input into policy development. 

“I want to commend all those young people who were responsible for designing and assessing the awards, for all their hard work in organising the event. 

“I also want to congratulate those award winning organisations who were identified as making a significant contribution to the involvement of children and young people.” 

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