Investing in Children at the heart of NIACRO’s Children and Families Services.

NIACRO Children and Families Services is delighted to have been successful in achieving Investing in Children Membership Award™.

Investing in Children (IiC) is a UK initiative that promotes the human rights of children and young people. Over the last 21 years, IiC has developed a range of different ways in which children and young people are supported to say what they want to say, and help to improve services used by them, by discussing their ideas with the adults who run the services.

The Investing in Children Membership Award™ Scheme recognises and celebrates examples of imaginative and inclusive practice with children and young people. Organisations applying for the award have to demonstrate dialogue with young people, which leads to change in service provision and advocacy. The accolade is unique in that children and young people using the services have provided evidence for the organisation and endorsed the membership report.

There are currently over 500 members across the UK and Ireland.

Speaking about the achievement, Rachel Long, Programme Manager (Children and Families Services) at NIACRO said:

“NIACRO has been working for more than 50 years to reduce crime and its impact on people and communities. It is our aim to reduce anti-social and offending behaviour among those groups perceived to be vulnerable or at risk. A key element of this is incorporated in our work with children and young people, and families (including children) affected by imprisonment.

Achieving the Investing in Children Membership Award™ consolidates our commitment to having the user voice at the heart of our work, which in turn leads to better, more-effective service provision for children and families who come to NIACRO for support in difficult times. We are thrilled to be one of the few organisations to hold this award in Northern Ireland."


Notes to editors

  • Investing in Children was established in 1995 by senior managers from Durham County Council and the NHS. In May 2013, Investing in Children was spun out from Durham County Council to form a Community Interest Company - IiC CIC. For more information please log on to: www.investinginchildren.net
  • For more information on NIACRO’s Children and Families services, visit the NIACRO website: www.niacro.co.uk/children-and-young-people
  • For media enquiries, contact Katherine McCloskey, Public Affairs and Policy Co-ordinator (NIACRO) on 028 9032 0157 or via email at katherine@niacro.co.uk