Interdepartmental Action Plan in response to the “Still Waiting” Report

Date published: 10 October 2019

Last updated: 09 February 2023

The Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) published ‘Still Waiting – A Rights Based Review of Mental Health Services and Support for Children and Young People in Northern Ireland’ on 27 September 2018.


The report made 50 recommendations covering a range of aspects of mental health services and support for children and young people.

The Department of Health (DoH) responded by setting up an Inter-Departmental Project Board, comprising representatives from Department of Education (DE), Department for Communities (DfC), Department of Justice (DoJ), the Health and Social Care Board, Education Authority, RQIA, Voluntary and Community Sector and chaired by DoH, to consider the recommendations, respond to NICCY and take forward an Action Plan for agreed recommendations.

The Department is publishing the Action Plan in draft, on behalf of the Inter-Departmental Project Board, to set out the work plan for the next 3 years.

Progress against some of the draft Actions may be limited due to the absence of dedicated investment at this time, but the Project Board intends to progress work as far as possible in the interim.

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