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Youth Advisory Panel (YAP)

Our Youth Advisory Panels were run from 2004 to 2009 and helped inform and promote the work of the office.

What was it?

We had two Youth Advisory Panels (YAP) from 2004-2007, and another from 2007-2009 that helped inform and promote the work of the office.

Who took part?

A cross section of young people aged 12-17 made up our YAPs and there was a long selection process to be on the panel.

Read more about what we’ve learned about YAPs in our report.

What did they do?

The two YAPs helped us out in lots of different ways. They helped

  • To develop the OCO website
  • To pilot the education workshops for groups
  • To raise awareness of the Big Ballot
  • To attend the conference at the European Network of Ombudpersons for Children (ENOC)
  • To develop work experience opportunities for Transition Year students
  • To be involved in the OCO’s Connecting Communities project
  • To be a presence at the Young Social Innovators (YSI)

What did they say?

Listen to some of the former YAP members talk about their time on the YAP panel and what they are most proud of.

Why did you get involved in YAP?


What are you most proud of from your time on YAP?

What memories will you take with you from your time on YAP?

Why is there no longer a YAP?

We really appreciate the time, energy and work that each YAP gave to our projects in the office. In 2009, we decided instead of having a YAP, we would work directly with children and young people whose experiences we wanted to learn more about. These groups have included separated children, children experiencing homelessness and children in prison.