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Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures

Report of The National Policy Framework for Children & Young People 2014-2020


Wednesday 16th April 2014 - Dublin Castle

Better Outcomes Brighter Futures: Group Photo of Government Ministers with the report

Minister Fitzgerald joined by members of the Government to launch ‘Better Outcomes Brighter Futures: the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014 – 2020’

Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-2020 was approved by Government and launched by the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and then Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Ms. Frances Fitzgerald, on 16 April 2014 and will run from 2014 - 2020.

Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures represents the first overarching national children’s policy framework comprehending the age ranges spanning children and young people (0 – 24 years). It adopts a whole of Government approach and will be underpinned by a number of constituent strategies in the areas of early years, youth and participation.

The views of a wide range of interests, including those of children and young people themselves, shaped the development of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures and it is informed by the following inputs:

  • The results of a consultation in 2011, which centred around children and young people, in which almost 67,000 people throughout the country participated. The results of the analysis of the consultation were published in November 2012;
  • A public consultation of the general public, conducted in 2012, during which over 1000 submissions were received. An analysis of the submissions was completed in April 2013; and
  • The advice of the National Children’s Advisory Council which represented a range of statutory and non-statutory organisations working with children and young people.
  • Major Innovations of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures:
  • Establish a shared set of outcomes for children and young people towards which all government departments and agencies, statutory services and the voluntary and community sectors will work, to ensure a coherent response for children and young people.
  • Identify the range of 163 policy commitments in place across government and progress these based on a structured, systematic and outcomes focused approach.
  • Emphasise an integrated and evidence informed approach to working across government, on horizontal and vertical levels, which transfers to all sectors and settings working with children and young people.
  • Prioritise the key cross-cutting transformational goals under each outcome area, which requires concerted and coordinated action to ensure the realisation of the respective outcomes.  This is represented in the diagram below:



For more information on the Transformational Goals and National Outcomes identified in Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures.


Implementation Infrastructure

The key groupings involved in the implementation infrastructure of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures are the Children and Young People’s Policy Consortium, the Sponsors Group, the Advisory Council and the Children and Young People’s Services Committees National Steering Group together with the children and young people’s participatory structures Comhairle na nOg and the Structured Dialogue Working Group.  Participation by the latter two groupings will ensure that the voice of children and young people clearly informs the implementation of the framework.


An Implementation Team within DCYA has been established to lead, coordinate and monitor implementation.  The Implementation Team can be contacted at:



More about the National Children's Policy.