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Northern Ireland: new commissioner for children and young people

Chris Quinn’s appointment as the new Commissioner for Children and Young People for Northern Ireland was announced by the Secretary of State towards the end of June.

The main aim of the commissioner is to promote and safeguard the rights and best interests of children and young people. In the absence of Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive, his appointment was made under the Northern Ireland Act 2022.

Chris Quinn has a ‘wide range of experience promoting the voices of young people locally and internationally’ and has ‘worked hard to promote their rights and best interests in the policy making process,’ the government announcement reads.

Head of the Civil Service Jayne Brady said: ‘I believe that Chris has all the skills and experience needed to take forward this important work.’ Jayne also expressed her gratitude’ towards outgoing Children’s Commissioner Koulla Yiasouma.

Chris Quinn’s appointment will be for a period of four years, with the possibility of reappointment. He will take up his post on 18 September 2023.


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