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The story of the Ombudsman for Children’s Youth Advisory Panel

In 2003, Government and nongovernmental agencies collaborated on a groundbreaking recruitment process for the appointment of Ireland’s first Ombudsman for Children. This process was the first time that children and young people were involved in a significant public appointment in the Republic of Ireland.

A number of these young people agreed to stay and work with us. In their capacity as youth advisors, they actively supported the development and work of the OCO during those important first years. As such, they helped to shape the organisation

We receive frequent requests for information about YAP from interested peer organisations, agencies and colleagues both here in Ireland and abroad. So, we decided it might be a good idea to tell the story of YAP and to tell it in a way that takes the questions we’ve been asked about how we set up and work with our second YAP into account.