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Minister Zappone Launches “Hub na nÓg: Young Voices in Decision Making.”

Launch of innovative new National Centre for Excellence that will focus on including the voice of young people in decision making

Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs


Monday13th November 2017

Marking the beginning of a week-long celebration of children leading up to Universal Children’s Day, Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today launched Hub na nÓg – Young Voices in Decision Making, in Iveagh House.

Hub na nÓg is a National Centre of Excellence which ensures 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. Hub na nÓg consists of a professional team who are based in the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. The new Hub na nÓg website can be viewed at

The establishment of Hub na nÓg was a priority action in the National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Decision-Making 2015-2020.

Hub na nÓg provides information, guidance, training and practical support to Government Departments and agencies.

It develops, documents and disseminates innovative international best practice on children and young people’s participation in decision-making.

Hub na nÓg also forms partnerships with third-level and adult education institutions to oversee the development of education on the right of children to a voice in the context of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, for professionals who work with and on behalf of children and young people.

In celebrating the launch of Hub na nÓg, Minister Zappone said:

“I am delighted to launch the Hub na nÓg as a National Centre of Excellence in the lead up to Universal Children’s Day. Through Hub na nÓg, children and young people are informing us, the decision-makers, about the issues they care about. They are coming up with solutions that only young people themselves could dream of. We need to continue to recognise that children and young people have a significant contribution to make to informing policy and practice in today’s society”.

Note to editors

·    United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated worldwide on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.

·    November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.