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NATIONAL STRATEGY ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S PARTICIPATION IN DECISION-MAKING

AN STRAITÉIS NÁISIÚNTA UM RANNPHÁIRTÍOCHT NA LEANAí AGUS NA NDAOINE ÓGA SA CHINNTEOIREACHT

2015 - 2020

Introduction
 

Dr James Reilly launches a first for Europe - a strategy that will give children a true voice in decisions that affect their lives.

In Ireland we know only too well the consequences of not listening to children. Reports such as the Kilkenny Incest Case, the Roscommon Case, the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse and the Report of the Independent Child Death Review Group are stark reminders of the failures of individuals and systems to listen to and act on the voice of the child. To ensure that the failures of the past are not repeated, processes and systems must be in place to protect children by giving them a voice, listening to that voice, empowering them to act and, where appropriate, acting on their behalf.

Ireland is the first country in Europe to develop a National Strategy on Children and Young People's Participation in Decision-Making. The goal of this strategy is to ensure that children and young people have a voice in decisions made about their individual and collective lives in their communities, in education, on their health and wellbeing and in legal settings. This strategy sets out measures to ensure that children are listened to, asked the right questions and better protected with actions that emphasise the importance of staff training and support.

Giving children and young people a voice in decision-making requires a cross-government response and initiatives and actions from all key departments and agencies are included in the Strategy. The DCYA will oversee and drive implementation of the Strategy under the structures established for Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People (2014-2020). The priority action for the DCYA is the establishment of a Children and Young People's Participation Hub, as a national centre of excellence to support Government departments and other organisations in implementing this Strategy.

Press Release
 
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