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Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures


Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures

As part of the implementation of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures, five lead departments are responsible for identifying and advancing five key cross-sectoral priorities.  The ABC programme features in two of these priorities:

•    DCYA has identified the theme of Prevention and Early Intervention as a key cross-sectoral priority which will be advanced in the initial phase of implementation of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures.  
•    The Department of Social Protection is the lead department on child poverty and has lead responsibility for the commitment to lift over 70,000 children out of consistent poverty by 2020, a reduction of at least two-thirds on the 2011 level.  It has identified this commitment as a cross-sectoral priority and is working with all stakeholders, including the DCYA, through the Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures implementation structures and the ABC inter-departmental steering group, to develop a coordinated cross-departmental response of which the ABC Programme is a critical element.
Prevention and Early Intervention is a key Transformational Goal in Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The national policy framework for children & young people 2014-2020: 
•    Commitment (G13) in Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures is to “implement the Area-Based Childhood (ABC) Programme to address the impact of child poverty and improve child outcomes in 10 or more areas of disadvantage and mainstream the learning from the programme to services throughout the country”. 
The aims and objectives of the ABC Programme align with a number of the goals and commitments in Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures, primarily:
•    Transformation Goal G5: Work towards a rebalancing of resources to place a greater emphasis on prevention and earlier intervention.
•    Commitment 4.1: Adopt a multidimensional approach to tackling child poverty, building on the lifecycle approach in the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion, 2007-2016 and informed by the European Commission’s Recommendation on ‘Investing in children: Breaking the cycle of disadvantage’, as part of the Social Investment Package.
•    Commitment 4.2: Set a national child-specific social target to lift over 70,000 children out of consistent poverty by 2020, a reduction of at least two-thirds on the 2011 level. This target will include reducing the higher consistent poverty rate for households with children as compared to non-child households (8.8% compared with 4.2%) and for children as compared to adults (9.3% compared with 6%).


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