Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: Advisory Council
The Advisory Council brings together for the first time a diverse range of interests from sectoral stakeholders in the domains of children and young people’s policy and provision. The Advisory Council harnesses expertise and experience from the community and voluntary sector, from academia and from independent experts and individuals who have specific expertise in working with and for children and young people.
The Council's mission is to maximise the value of its individual and collective commitment, expertise and experience in supporting the achievement of the goals of Better Outcomes Brighter Futures.
The Advisory Council provides a platform for these interests to engage with other elements of the Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures implementation infrastructure to actively inform and support its implementation.
The Council consists of four constituent groupings:
The first three groups have representation drawn from the Early Years, Children and Youth voluntary sectoral pillars. Nominations are drawn from umbrella organisations representing each of these constituencies. In addition, the first three groups are supplemented by the appointment of a Ministerial nominee to each, bringing the total to four nominees per constituent grouping.
The fourth group comprises four Ministerial nominees who are key individuals with experience and expertise in themes and trends impacting on the lives of children and young people.
This approach encourages nominating organisations to act in a representative capacity and also ensures that greater diversity, both organisationally and thematically, and broader expertise is actively identified and involved on the Advisory Council.
The current members of the Council are:
The Council was established on the 5th of November 2014. At the first meeting of the Council, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly TD stated that:
“This Advisory Council will provide a platform for members of civil society involved in the area of children and young people to engage with the other implementation structures of Brighter Futures, in order to actively guide and support its implementation… I am particularly pleased to see representation from such a diverse range of groups and individuals which will ensure that the Advisory Council’s work is informed by the experiences and perspectives of all of society.
The community, voluntary and non-government sectors connect with and mobilise communities, families and individuals and so are vital to the successful implementation of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures. The Advisory Council provides a platform for these sectors to engage with Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures, and to have a role in ensuring it’s successful implementation across these sectors, and the achievement of the five national outcomes for children and young people.”
Minister Reilly at the first meeting of the Council (November 2014)
The Advisory Council’s terms of reference are to:Advise the Children and Young People’s Policy Consortium and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs on the implementation of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures and the constituent strategies of Early Years, Youth, and Participation;
- Support the implementation of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures in and across the community and voluntary sector, and in wider society;
- Ensure that the specific expertise and perspectives from respective areas of children and young people’s services inform the work of the Council;
- Generate support for change among stakeholders and sectors;
- Provide an enabling forum in which to support implementation and address challenges in a solution-focused manner;
- Ensure that the views and voices of children and young people inform the work of the Council.
The Advisory Council also engages with the Sponsors Group to inform the identification of cross-sectoral priorities and participates in, and contributes to, the deliberations of the Policy Consortium. The Council is committed to proactive and collaborative engagement with colleagues from Government departments and statutory services.
Chairman of the Advisory Council, Dr Owen Keenan on Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures:
Advisory Council priorities for 2017
The following issues have been identified by the Council as priority areas of work for 2017:
• Child Poverty
• Mental Health and Wellbeing
• Human Rights and Equality
• Prevention and Early Intervention
• Implementation of Constituent Strategies
• Implications of UK decision to leave the EU
These are explained in further detail in the Advisory Council's workplan for 2016
For more information on the work of the Advisory Council please see here.
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