The OCO had two Youth Advisory Panels (YAP), from 2004 to 2007 and then from 2007 to 2009. YAP members contributed to our work through their participation in a range of projects and initiatives with members of the OCO team, including:
- the development of the OCO’s website
- piloting education workshops for groups of children and young people visiting the OCO
- the OCO’s Big Ballot consultation with children and young people (including presenting the results of the Big Ballot to members of the Oireachtas)
- a conference of the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC) hosted by the OCO in Dublin
- our development of work experience opportunities for Transition Tear students
- the OCO’s Connecting Communities initiative
- our participation in Young Social Innovators
The young people’s engagement with the OCO through their participation in YAP made an important contribution to the OCO’s work and we really appreciate the time and energy, which the young people brought to their role.
The OCO no longer has a YAP: in 2009, the OCO decided to take an alternative approach that would enable us to focus on engaging directly with particular groups of children and young people whose experiences and perspectives we wanted to learn more about. These groups have included separated children, young people detained in St Patrick’s Institution prison, and young people with experience of homelessness.
Listen to young people talk about their time on YAP
Why did you get involved in YAP? (MP3, 1.05Mb)
What are you most proud of from your time on YAP? (MP3, 1.3Mb)
Read the story of the OCO’s Youth Advisory Panel
Youth Advisory Panel (PDF)