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Raise the Age of Criminal Responsibility as 1000 young people are handed criminal records – Dr Paula Rodgers
Include Youth spokesperson on youth justice, Dr Paula Rodgers, has stated that today’s report showing that over 1000 children have been given criminal records over the past 5 years is extremely concerning and is further evidence of the need to raise the age of criminal responsibility.
Report on Woodlands JJC raises concerns – Dr Paula Rodgers
Include Youth spokesperson on Youth Justice, Dr Paula Rodgers, has stated that today’s report by the Criminal Justice Inspectorate into Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre raises numerous concerns about as to how the centre is being utilised within the overall criminal justice system.
PSNI Stop and Search of young people concerning
Include Youth spokesperson on youth justice, Paula Rodgers, has welcomed the publication of research compiled by John Topping and Dirk Schubotz regarding the effects and outcomes of PSNI Stop and search powers on young people.
FinTrU raises £20,000 along with Charity Partner Include Youth in #RunningForYouth Marathon fundraising campaign
The funds were raised as a result of the #RunningForYouth marathon fundraising campaign which saw FinTrU enter 11 relay teams into the Belfast City Marathon on Monday 7 May.
One year to Brexit – where are the safeguards for children?
Include Youth spokesperson on children rights, Paula Rodgers, has stated that children and young people’s rights must be paramount in any form of Brexit.
Smashing Easter egg hunt and fun day this Saturday at Include Youth's new Lifford office
Children should not suffer justice delays
Include Youth and Belfast Giants launch first ever Odyssey Ice Academy
Belfast Trust Employability Celebration event at Kingspan
First year of partnership with FinTrU ends with larger than life cheque!
We were delighted to receive a larger than life cheque from FinTrU Ltd for £19,310.32, to celebrate the end of the first year of our charity partnership.
Ulster Rugby launch Christmas present appeal for second year
Include Youth and VOYPIC Care Question Time 2017
Include Youth and VOYPIC jointly hosted a 'Care & Crime - Let's Talk Justice' event on Friday 3rd November at the RADAR Centre Belfast. This event gave young people the opportunity to address those who sit in the seats of power.
Ulster Rugby and Include Youth launch 2nd year of Partnership
Include Youth were thrilled to mark the end of the first successful year and kick start the second year of their charity partnership with Ulster Rugby, with a fantastic Family Fun Day held at Kingspan Stadium.
FinTrU presents huge £9k cheque
Staff and young people at Include Youth were completely overwhelmed last week, when they were presented with a larger than life cheque for £9,310, from the generous staff at FinTrU Ltd.
Include Youth response to NI Audit Office Report Managing Children who Offend
Ulster Rugby proud to support Care Day 2017
Ulster Rugby's staff, fans and team throw their muscle behind #CareDay, helping to raise awareness of our work with young people in or leaving care.
GRAHAM-Bam giving Care Leavers a Foot Up
GRAHAM-Bam Healthcare Partnership (GBHP) has become one of the first employers in Northern Ireland to introduce 'Buy Social' social clauses aimed specifically at young people who are in, or leaving, care.
Young Care Leavers in the Western Trust 'Try' Harder
Ulster Rugby's Peter Nelson and Alan O'Connor were in Strabane to celebrate the achievements of young care leavers involved in the Western Health and Social Care Trust's Employability Service at the Melvin Sports Complex.
Celebrating Care Leavers in the Belfast Trust area
More than 80 young people, social workers, youth workers and personal advisors gathered together at the Black Box Belfast to share positive stories about young care leavers who have moved positively into employment or training.
Pass a Present to Young People in Care this Christmas
Ulster Rugby's Christmas Present Appeal is encouraging fans to donate a Christmas gift to young people in or leaving care this Christmas - get involved!
Eat Like Ulster Rugby Players with our New Charity Recipe Book
Ulster Rugby, in conjunction with Slim's Healthy Kitchen, has launched a new recipe book, which is now on sale with all proceeds going to its Charity Partner, Include Youth. The recipe book will make a great stocking filler this Christmas and we can't wait to see how you, the Ulster supporters are getting on. Simply tweet your photos to @UlsterRugby with...
Youth Justice and Conflict Transformation: What is the Future following Devolution?
Jointly organised by the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Youth, Conflict and Justice at Queen's University Belfast and Include Youth this half-day seminar brought together academics, rights advocates and those working with and for children and young people in conflict with the law to critically examine the state of youth justice.
Include Youth Announced as Ulster Rugby Charity Partner
Ulster Rugby teams up with Include Youth for official two year charity partnership.
Belfast Trust Supporting Care Leavers' Into Employment
Belfast Trust, in partnership with Include Youth and Start360, hosted a job fair for young people in or leaving care at RADAR in Belfast.
Young care leavers Aiming Higher
Celebration event recognising the achievements of young people engaged in phase six of Aiming Higher, our partnership programme with Business in the Community and funded by Big Lottery NI.
House, trance and dance fundraiser for children's charity
Kaycee Carton from Coleraine holds an Oldskool Dance fundraiser in Portrush.
Fresh ideas to START off the new Assembly
Young people on Give & Take: Start Programme set out the issues they want the new NI Assembly members to address in their Youth Manifesto.
Include Youth welcomes the new Northern Ireland Assembly
Include Youth welcomes the new and returning MLAs
Our response to the Ministerial Statement to the Assembly in relation to the Scoping Study: Children in the Justice System
Our response to the Ministerial Statement to the Assembly in relation to the Scoping Study: Children in the Justice System.
Care about Unemployment? Provide Jobs for Care Leavers
Independent research by academics at Huddersfield University has produced three different options for policymakers to consider, which if implemented could create 100 per cent employment opportunities for young people in care. The research was commissioned as part of the Aiming Higher Project, delivered by Business in the Community and Include Youth and funded by Big Lottery Fund NI.
Young people get ready for a 'super' Care Day
Young people from Include Youth mark Care Day on February 19 2016 with a superhero workshop, day spent golfing and much much more.
Our response to the publication of the Criminal Justice Inspection Report on Monitoring of Progress on implementation of the youth justice review
Paula Rodgers, Policy Coordinator at Include Youth, responds to the publication of the Criminal Justice Inspection Report on Monitoring of Progress on implementation of the youth justice review.
Tanya speaking at Let's Celebrate
Tanya speaking at the 'Let's Celebrate' event marking the achievements of young people involved in the Belfast Trust's Employability Service, our Give & Take Scheme and START360's Switch Onto Employment programme.
Director Paddy Mooney speaking at Let's Celebrate
Paddy Mooney, Director at Include Youth, speaking at the 'Let's Celebrate' event in the BlackBox marking the achievements of young people involved in the Belfast Trust's Employability Service, our Give & Take Scheme and START360's Switch Onto Employment programme.
Celebrating the achievements of young people in care
In front of a packed room young people engaged in the Employability Service, Include Youth's Give and Take Scheme and Start360's Switch onto Employment project - which works with young people in the community - shared their training and employment stories from the past 12 months.
Care Leavers Shadow an MLA for a Day
To mark National Care Leavers' Week young people from an innovative employability-mentoring programme spent a day work shadowing members of the Employment and Learning Committee at Stormont.
Comment provided to Belfast Telegraph on young people rioting
Responding to a request from the Belfast Telegraph Include Youth's policy advocacy manager comments on children and young people who've be drawn into rioting in recent days.
Include Youth to deliver United Youth pilot programme
Include Youth is one of twelve community and voluntary sector organisations which has been awarded United Youth money to support young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) in a transformational good relations programme.
Animated Summary of RQIA's Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Include Youth has produced a child-friendly animated summary of the RQIA's Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in Northern Ireland.
Response to the CJINI inspection of Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre
Include Youth responds to the CJINI inspection report into Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre.
Response to Ministerial statement on launch of a comprehensive scoping study on children in the justice system
Response to yesterday's ministerial statement from Justice Minister David Ford announcing the launch of a comprehensive scoping study on children in the justice system.
Dine, design and a really great time
YOUNG people involved in an employability scheme in Newtownards returned to The Savoy in Bangor to catch up with 'old' friends. Five young people from Include Youth's Give and Take Scheme and seven residents from Clanmill Housing's Savoy got together this month for an initiative called 'dine and design'.
Include Youth awarded 'Investing in Volunteers' Accreditation
Include Youth has achieved the UK-wide Investing in Volunteers quality standard, awarded to organisations that demonstrate best practice in relation to working with and investing in volunteers.
Queen’s publishes research on media representation children and young people
New and unique research highlighting how children and young people in Northern Ireland are portrayed by the media was launched today by Queen's University Belfast in association with Include Youth.
Paddy Mooney, Director at Include Youth, said: "It was bitter sweet news for us yesterday as we received word that our European Social Fund bid had been successful.
Response to age discrimination legislation on the provision of goods, facilities and services
Responding today's announced proposals on the way forward for new age discrimination legislation on the provision of goods, facilities and services Paddy Mooney, Director of Include Youth, said:
Youth Advocates say 'Ten is too young'
LEADING advocates for children and young people gathered at Queens University Belfast this week to call on the Northern Ireland Executive to implement the 2011 recommendation to raise the age of criminal responsibility.
Response to the CJINI inspection on Police Use of Discretion, Incorporating Penalty Notices
Include Youth Director appointed as next Children's Commissioner
Include Youth is proud to confirm that our Director, Koulla Yiasouma, is to take up post as the new Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People next year.
Response to the findings of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Koulla Yiasouma, Director of Include Youth, said in response to the findings of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), led by Kathleen Marshall: “Include Youth has engaged thoroughly with Professor Marshall’s Inquiry and has supported a group of young people to make their recommendations regarding this issue. “As the report has pointed out, ‘the young people placed great...
Include Youth seeks volunteers
NIKKI Cullen from Armagh is just one of the many volunteers who support young people on Include Youth's Give and Take Scheme. "I got into volunteering for a few reasons, to sort of coincide with personal development while I was studying but also because I wanted to work with young people of that age. So I'd seen it as a good match," said Nikki. Each year the Give and Take Scheme supports...
Response to Challenge for Youth's closure
Koulla Yiasouma, Director of Include Youth, said in response to Challenge for Youth's closure announcement: "Include Youth is really sorry to hear of Challenge for Youth's closure. We have had the privilege of working with them for more than 20 years and have always found their work innovative and of real benefit to the young people we all work with. Youth work practice in Northern Ireland...
Support from START to Finish
AN EMPLOYABILITY programme for 16 to 24 year olds in the Poleglass, Bangor and Lisburn areas has seen 43 young people achieve 241 accredited qualifications between them in just six months. The START Programme, which has supported 85 young people with their education, employment and training needs since formation in April 2013, is a partnership programme consisting of Include Youth, Northern...
Mini Job Fair for Young People in Belfast
YOUNG people involved with Include Youth's Give and Take Scheme in Belfast attended a job fair at the Shankill Wellbeing and Treatment Centre today. The fair for 16-21 year olds was organised by the Belfast Trust's Employability Service, which is delivered in partnership by Include Youth and Start360. Belfast Trust staff fully embraced their corporate parent responsibilities, with...
War, Bingo & Poetry
RESIDENTS at the Savoy, Bangor, took a group of young people from Newtownards on a trip down memory lane this month to help mark European Day of Solidarity Between Generations on April 29. In return the young people from Include Youth's Give and Take Scheme invited their older counterparts to a table quiz and out to dinner. The project, supported by Linking Generations Northern Ireland,...
Are You Meant To Mentor?
A CHARITY supporting vulnerable young people throughout Northern Ireland seeks volunteers. Include Youth is seeking volunteer mentors who can give up to three hours a week of their time to support a young person overcome barriers that may be holding them back from attending a training course or moving into work. "A volunteer mentor is an additional support put in place to help young people on...
Michael is Aiming Higher
YESTERDAY 19-year-old Michael Doggart started as a store and warehouse operative with Colin Adams Motor Parts in Belfast, his first ever paid post. Just six months ago Michael thought he would "never get a job" but through the support of his business mentor Robert Mc Cord, from the Odyssey Trust, he has grown in confidence and really developed his customer service skills. "After meeting...
Children & Young People Must be Protected Under the Proposed New Age Discrimination Legislation
Koulla Yiasouma, Director at Include Youth, supports the Commissioner for Children and Young People's call for people of all ages to be protected under the proposed new age legislation which will cover the provision of goods, facilities and services. "It's bewildering but not surprising that children and young people are once again having to fight to be afforded the same level of...
Young Scallywags Pull the Strings in Strabane
THREE young people transformed into master puppeteers for a day as they showcased their very own 'scallywag puppet' show to a group of primary school pupils from Strabane. Overall eight young people on Include Youth's Give and Take Scheme were involved in the design, build, scriptwriting, sound and lighting, recording of voiceovers and puppeteer workshops over a three month period. On...