Hello, my name is Roisin Bradley and
I am a member of youth@clc which is an advisory group at the
Children's Law Centre, but as a young person I also represent
over 25% of the population in Northern Ireland. When adults
think of children and young people they just see them as children
and young people they do not see them as the diverse group
that they are. In fact we are a very diverse group. We are
boys and girls, young women and young men, we are young people
with disabilities, young travellers, young chinese, young
Asians, young workers, young parents, young carers and young
people in care. We live West Belfast, East Belfast, Glenavy,
Omagh, Enniskillen and towns and villages across Northern
At the same time as children and young people under the age
of 18, we all need specific rights protection for example:
All children and young people need the right to education.
The right privacy.
The right to have a say and be listened to.
The right to information.
At the moment one of the main reasons that children and young
people do not know about their rights due to the lack of information.
The information that is available about children and young
people’s rights is hard to access and difficult to understand.
Hopefully having a separate section in the Bill of Rights
which clearly lays out our rights will change this.