Chris Lyttle MLA said: “I was delighted to welcome those involved with the Youth Safety Network to Stormont for the celebration of the work of the Youth Safety Partnerships, which in my opinion are a fantastic example of the positive contribution being made by young people across Northern Ireland to develop their local community.
“This event was a great opportunity to highlight the innovative work they are doing to address issues of safety and wellbeing in their communities. It’s clear that that the creation of these Partnerships is a great example of how young people can be involved in the discussions about how their local area should be developed and how services can be better designed and delivered.
“I would also like to pay tribute to the three organisations who have come together to form the Youth Safety Network – Challenge for Youth, the Terry Enright Foundation and Northern Ireland Alternatives. It is really encouraging to see organisations working together in partnership with other statutory, voluntary and community bodies to achieve better outcomes for our children and young people.
“I know that establishing effective channels of communication between young people, service providers and decision makers in the voluntary and statutory sectors, is key to the success of the work of the Youth Safety Network.”